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Phobia (Blu-ray)
<small>by Stuart Galbraith IV</small><hr />

"Something about this smells to high heaven. I sense it. I feel it."

The undervalued Los Angeles Times film critic Kevin Thomas amusingly called John Huston's Phobia (1980) "the worst film ever directed by a winner of the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award."

Intrigued by this declaration, I decided to check further. Prior to Huston, the award had been presented to directors John Ford, Orson Welles, William Wyler, and Alfred Hitchcock. Among them are, certainly, lesser films, like Hitchcock's Waltzes from Vienna and Huston's earlier The Kremlin Letter. But unless Ford or Wyler directed some truly terrible silent film I've not seen, Thomas's assertion is probably correct. Phobia is positively awful and without question Huston's worst film.

And yet, here it is, on Blu-ray, in a sparkling new 4K transfers packed with extras, no less. No Blu-ray, or e...Read the entire review »

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