This book includes 173 dark movies so bad they’re good.
Sorted in order of preference and reviewed, each film description contains a synopsis, a list of genres it belongs to, a list of ambiances involved, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review.
These films are not for the squeamish. You have been warned!
Hosts and Contributors
Artist, author, developer, and entrepreneur in film, video games, and communications, Steve Hutchison co-founded Shade Art & Code in 1999, then Terror.ca and its French equivalent Terreur.ca in 2000. With his background as an artist and integrator, Steve worked on games like Capcom's STREET FIGHTER: HYPERFIGHTING, POPCAP'S BEJEWELED, TETRIS, BANDAI/NAMCO's PAC-MAN and MATTEL's SKIP-BO & PHASE 10 as a localization manager, 2-D artist, and usability expert.
Jason Kealey co-produces and finances Tales of Terror. He used to translate and edit Steve Hutchison's reviews back when the site was bilingual, in it's first version, between 2000 and 2004. He is now President and CEO of FranchiseBlast, a software development firm producing an integrated software solution for the franchise industry.
Rachel Talalay’s eclectic career spans three decades of directing and producing. Over the past 5 years she has directed for seven episodes of DOCTOR WHO, the opening film of Series IV of the acclaimed SHERLOCK, and episodes of American television including AMERICAN GODS, MARVEL’S IRON FIST, DC’S DOOM PATROL, RIVERDALE, SABRINA, SUPERGIRL, LEGENDS OF TOMORROW, and THE FLASH. In between the TV episodes, she directed the film based on Stevie Cameron’s award-winning novel ON THE FARM, examining the serial killer, Robert Pickton, and the stories of the women who battled to be heard. The film has been nominated for numerous awards and won some of them – including a CANADIAN SCREEN AWARD and LEO AWARD. It won BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE at THE SEATTLE SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM FESTIVAL and BEST FILMMAKING at LA SKINS FESTIVAL.
Patrick Lussier is a Canadian Born, genre producer, writer, director, editor with American Citizenship. In 2015, he co-wrote and executive produced TERMINATOR: GENISYS with Laeta Kalogridis for Skydance Productions and Paramount Pictures. He has collaborated on several projects with Ms. Kalogridis, dating back to 1999 when Ms. Kalogridis was hired to rewrite SCREAM 3 which Lussier was film editing. These projects include THE RIFLEMAN for CBS, and FRANKENSTEIN for both Starz and AMAZON, as well as script consulting on MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION and GEOSTORM. Lussier recently directed a feature length episode called FLESH AND BLOOD in the Into the DARK HORROR anthology by BLUMHOUSE on Hulu.
Jeffrey Reddick is best known for creating the FINAL DESTINATION (2000) film franchise. He also co-wrote the story for, and executive produced, FINAL DESTINATION 2 (2003). Jeffrey lives in Los Angeles. He grew up in Eastern Kentucky and attended Berea College. Jeffrey made his first connection to the film industry at age 14, when he wrote a prequel to A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984) and mailed it to Bob Shaye, the President of NEW LINE CINEMA. Bob returned the material for being unsolicited. But the young man wrote Bob an aggressive reply, which won him over. Bob read the treatment and got back to Jeffrey.
Tiffany Julia Shepis born and raised in NYC. She got her start in James Gunn’s (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY) TROMEO and Juliet when she was just 16 years old. Since then, Tiffany has made over 100 independent films, most notably the SYFY hit ABOMINABLE, the late-night fan favorites THE HAZING, After dark horror fest’s NIGHTMARE MAN, Sundance's THE VIOLENT KIND, as well as The multi award winning THE FRANKENSTEIN SYNDROME, and the mega cult hit SHARKNADO 2!
Victoria De Mare is one of Hollywood's reigning "Hottest Horror Scream Queens" for over a decade according to the cover feature editorial article of the January 2017 issue of HUSTLER Magazine. She has appeared in over 110 Film & TV productions & counting. She is best known for her creation & portrayal of the sexy demon succubus clown, "Batty Boop" from the horror/comedy feature series, KILLJOY.
Russell Geoffrey Banks was born and raised in England. From a young age, Russell was fascinated with movies he recalls how his father would leave VHS tapes recording on the movie channels. Then every time he saw him would give him a box of potluck tapes to watch. Russell was expelled from school at the age of fifteen he worked numerous different jobs from being a market trader to working in call centers to a barman in nightclubs to construction worker to name just a few. He would attend acting classes whenever he could afford to and would write screenplays in his spare time.
Anouk Whissell is a Montreal-based filmmaker, traditional animation graduate, and co-founder of RKSS — a writer-director triforce with fellow filmmakers François Simard and Yoann-Karl Whissell. Their debut feature—the critically acclaimed TURBO KID, premiered at Sundance in 2015, launching a very successful festival run and winning 24 awards worldwide (including the SXSW’S AUDIENCE MIDNIGHTERS AWARD, BIFAN’S BEST DIRECTORS, SITGES’ CARNET JOVE FOR BEST FEATURE AND BEST ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK, as well as a SATURN AWARD FOR BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM.) Through TURBO KID, the trio thriving on passion, has successfully touched the hearts of all generations far beyond the genre and cult fans.
Jennilee Murray was born and raised on a farm in Kelowna, British Columbia. She earned her BFA with a concentration on drawing, painting, art history and creative writing at UBC in Kelowna. A move to Ottawa, Ontario, brought opportunities to further practice her art, while starting up a creative modeling career, and delving into a varied acting portfolio.
Sophia Cacciola is known for her sociopolitical genre feature films that showcase women: TEN, MAGNETIC, BLOOD OF THE TRIBADES, and CLICKBAIT. Her films have received festival awards including BOSTON UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL'S "BEST NEW ENGLAND FILM", the BUFFALO DREAMS FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL "BEST RETRO" AWARD, and GENREBLAST FILM FESTIVAL "BEST SCORE". Cacciola was the recipient of the 2018 GENREBLAST FILM FESTIVAL "LES FEMMES DU GENRE" WRESTLING BELT AWARD for her work in the community, directing, producing, and cinematography and the "NUCLEAR PEN" AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING SCREENWRITING achievements. She also received the LOIS WEBER AWARD at the 2018 BUFFALO DREAMS FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL. In addition to producing and directing films, Cacciola is also a cinematographer, working on narrative film as well as being the head shooter for the WOMEN OF ROCK ORAL HISTORY PROJECT.
Director, producer, and special effects artist, Joe Castro, born in San Antonio, Texas, began his career at age 15 when he was hired to create special effects make-up for a PBS affiliate and graduated to writing and directing his own feature films, in the 80's, when his parents invested in his career and bought him a portable VHS camera.
François Simard is a Montreal-based filmmaker, traditional animation graduate, and co-founder of RKSS — a writer-director triforce with fellow filmmakers Anouk Whissell and Yoann-Karl Whissell. Their debut feature—the critically acclaimed TURBO KID, premiered at Sundance in 2015, launching a very successful festival run and winning 24 awards worldwide (including the SXSW’S AUDIENCE MIDNIGHTERS AWARD, BIFAN’S BEST DIRECTORS, SITGES’ CARNET JOVE FOR BEST FEATURE AND BEST ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK, as well as a SATURN AWARD FOR BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM.) Through TURBO KID, the trio thriving on passion, has successfully touched the hearts of all generations far beyond the genre and cult fans.
Yoann-Karl Whissell is a Montreal-based filmmaker with a background in theater arts, and co-founder of RKSS—a writer-director triforce with fellow filmmakers Anouk Whissell and François Simard. Their debut feature—the critically acclaimed TURBO KID, premiered at Sundance in 2015, launching a very successful festival run and winning 24 awards worldwide (including the SXSW’S AUDIENCE MIDNIGHTERS AWARD, BIFAN’S BEST DIRECTORS, SITGES’ CARNET JOVE FOR BEST FEATURE AND BEST ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK, as well as a SATURN AWARD FOR BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM.) Through Turbo Kid, the trio thriving on passion, has successfully touched the hearts of all generations far beyond the genre and cult fans.
Born in 1980, Ammon has spent his entire life immersed in popular culture, with his first love being movies (and horror movies, in particular). After taking a few film classes in high school, Ammon dabbled in other aspects of film while attending HUMBOLDT STATE UNIVERSITY, including a course on screen writing and improvisation.
Paige is the director of FREDHEADS, a documentary about the fandom of Nightmare on Elm Street. She has always been into the horror genre, Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream specifically. She has looked up to Wes Craven her whole life. She’s very active in the Nightmare community and on social media, which has inspired her to cosplay as Kristen Parker, namely, from A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors.
Roberto Lombardi was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA) and began his career at an early age, appearing on the GENE LONDON SHOW (1959) at age 7, then began music lessons (drums) and showed a natural ability for music. He quickly moved on to other instruments (bass) in order to learn to not only play, but write his own songs, later taking voice lessons to handle lead vocals.