The Tomatometer rating – based on the published opinions of hundreds of film and
television critics – is a trusted measurement of movie and TV programming quality
for millions of moviegoers. It represents the percentage of professional critic reviews
that are positive for a given film or television show.
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The Tomatometer is 60% or higher.
The Tomatometer is 59% or lower.
Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or
higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for
limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
Percentage of users who rate a movie or TV show positively.
Joy N. Houck, Jr., was a writer, producer, and director specializing in B-pictures. The son of Joy Newton Houck, Sr., the founder of Howco International -- distributor of such fare as Blades of the Musketeers (1953) and Edward D. Wood, Jr.'s Jail Bait (1954) -- he came to the field of B pictures virtually as a birthright. The younger Houck began his career in his late twenties as a writer/director on the movies Women and Bloody Terror and Night of Bloody Horror (both 1969), both starring a young Gerald McRaney. He went on to make at least one film with a lingering cult following, The Creature from Black Lake (1976), which was quite possibly the first feature film ever to play off of the "Bigfoot" legend, co-starring screen veterans Jack Elam and Dub Taylor. Houck also did occasional acting work in pictures ranging from the 1964 remake of The Shepherd of the Hills to the Clint Eastwood psychological thriller Tight Rope, and also worked with Dennis Hopper in the HBO movie Double-Crossed. He also appeared in episodes of Hill Street Blues and Highway to Heaven. Houck died of a heart attack in 2003, at age 61.