Subgenres of Terror 2016: 30 Best Psychological Films

The following reviews were extracted from a database and formatted for this book. Tales of Terror (www.terror.ca) is a “gamified” tool designed for horror fans, students, authors and filmmakers. “Gamification” is the transformation and adaptation of tangible concepts into empirical games. This book covers franchise and public domain horror movies only. This rule ensures that each movie can be logically related and compared to another or grouped by similarity. Movies can therefore be classified, and sorted according to inherent properties.

About

Tales of Terror’s ancestor was a division of Shade.ca, a design, art and code firm located in Gatineau/Ottawa, Ontario, and Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The www.terror.ca domain (and www.terreur.ca, its French equivalent) became property of Steve Hutchison and Jason Kealey, co-founders of Shade.ca, and became a redirection to hundreds of bilingual, English and French, horror movie reviews posted by Steve Hutchison between 2001 and 2004.

The 2000 engine, www.shade.ca/reviews, still accessible as archive, had been designed by Jason Kealey, software engineer, using ASP. It features a search engine that allows the user to get recommendations based on genre and subgenre and to sort them according to their score (based on five rating criteria). Some regulars even used the site to learn French or English! Using a CMS prototype, Jason Kealey allowed film critic Steve Hutchison to market movies online for independent and Hollywood studios and distributors.

The new engine is fully designed by artist and developer Steve Hutchison using Drupal. In addition to bringing back the popular features of the Shade.ca review engine, it adds to possibility of classifying, sorting and filtering horror movies and horror movie reviews by mood and threat, or “antagonist type”. The external link system now gives priority to relevant content and encourages reciprocal links. The site is also a community with free membership for any horror fan and a point system. Users can post their own review of the movies found in our database. New host critics now join Steve Hutchison for the occasional review.

The Tales of Terror engine always evolves. For the moment, we are limiting the films we review to certain requirements. We will broaden our horizons as time passes, so keep on checking this page if your film currently doesn't qualify.

To insure you film is reviewed, it should meet the following criteria:

  • - Be available in original, dubbed or subtitled English
     
  • - Have a runtime of 60 minutes or more

If the film you are promoting fits the requirements, please send us an e-mail (screeners@terror.ca).

Decades of Terror 2019: 1990's Slasher Films

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing slasher films from the 1990’s. Each film is analyzed and discussed with a synopsis and a rating. The movies are ranked from best to worst. How many have you seen?

Clowns & Horror

Clowns are performers fond of physical comedy. Some are funny, some are scary. Some love children, some hate them. They are a major archetype of horror movies. In this book, film critic Steve Hutchison reviews and ranks 50 of the best horror movies featuring clowns ever released. How many have you seen?

Decades of Terror 2019: 1980's Slasher Films

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing slasher films from the 1980’s. Each film is analyzed and discussed with a synopsis and a rating. The movies are ranked from best to worst. How many have you seen?

Dolls & Horror

Bisques, fetish dolls, plush, ventriloquist dummies, voodoo dolls, worry dolls; dolls come in various shapes and forms. They are a major archetype of horror movies. In this book, film critic Steve Hutchison reviews and ranks 50 of the best horror movies featuring dolls ever released. How many have you seen?

Robots & Horror

Robots are machines capable of carrying complex actions. They can be autonomous or semi-autonomous, they can be cyborgs or androids, and they are often driven by artificial intelligence. They are a major archetype of horror movies. In this book, film critic Steve Hutchison reviews and ranks 50 of the best horror movies featuring robots ever released. How many have you seen?