As a quick­ie side­bar to the site’s two-part Year In Schlock Cinema 2011 cov­er­age, here’s a quick run­down of Your Humble Reviewer’s work in the ret­ro­spec­tive review divi­sion.  These are the most dif­fi­cult reviews to write, due to the famil­iar­i­ty of the titles.  When you’re deal­ing with a film that every­one knows well, the best you can hope for is to find a per­son­al and dis­tinc­tive way into your cho­sen film.

That was the man­date behind each of the reviews list­ed below — each took a lot of work but they were amongst the most reward­ing writ­ing that Your Humble Reviewer did this year.  The fol­low­ing baker’s dozen selec­tions are pre­sent­ed to you in the hope that you might revis­it one of the­se clas­sic or may­be even find a new favorite.  In any event, have a hap­py stroll through the back­pages of cult cin­e­ma his­to­ry…

The Baby

The Boston Strangler

Caged Heat

Dirty Mary Crazy Larry

The Exterminator

I Spit On Your Grave (1978 ver­sion)plus a spe­cial Southern Discomfort side­note

Jackson County Jail

Last Man Standing

The Mechanic (1972 ver­sion)


Silent Rage

Straw Dogs