Icons of Terror 2016: 14 Horror Movie Franchises Featuring Legendary Modern Monsters

The following pages analyze 88 horror films grouped in 14 franchises. These franchises feature an antagonist, or villain, who has been present in all or most films. These antagonists are so iconic that they have, in all cases, generated multiple sequels. All movies contained in this book are rated, ranked and compared to each other.

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).

Masters of Terror 2019: Lloyd Kaufman's Filmography

This book contains the synopses and reviews of the darkest films in Lloyd Kaufman’s filmography. The listings are ranked from best to worst.

Decades of Terror: 1930-2019

Steve Hutchison analyzed horror movie decades between the 1930’s and 2019 and came up with ranked lists. Each film description contains a synopsis, attributed genres, a list of ambiances involved, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review.

Realms of Terror: Dark Adventure Movies 2019

These are 100 of the best dark adventure movies, in order of preference. How many have you seen? Reviews and ratings by horror host Steve Hutchison are included.

Realms of Terror: Dark Fantasy Movies 2019

These are 100 of the best dark fantasy movies, in order of preference. How many have you seen? Reviews and ratings by horror host Steve Hutchison are included.

Realms of Terror: Dark Action Movies 2019

These are 100 of the best dark action movies, in order of preference. How many have you seen? Reviews and ratings by horror host Steve Hutchison are included.