66 Amazing Surreal Horror Films

This book contains 66 reviews of horror films written and ranked by critic and blogger Steve Hutchison. Each description includes five ratings (stars, story, creativity, acting, quality), a synopsis and a review. All 66 movies present a surreal threat. How many have you seen?

The Mummy

An archaeologist resuscitates a mummy.
United States
1932
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Black & White
Object: 
Document
Psychics: 
Hypnotist
Wizards: 
Possessor
Necromancer
3.04
Tension under wraps!
6
3.04
6
5.04
1
3
2
Plot
Effects
Dialog
The Mummy shares a strong bond with Dracula. Like this other sinister Universal Monster classic, released one year prior, it describes the evils of a passive antagonist. Frankenstein's monster was also from the afterlife, but was more a brute than a magician. 1932’s The Mummy falls right in the middle. It is a layered character; summoned by a scroll and kept alive by a curse.
As a scary movie, the reason this film doesn't hold up to its two main Gothic cousins is that it makes its monster a politician. It’s a concept hard to grasp on paper and implausible on screen. This film either uses too much filler or is trying to tell two stories at once: a drama and a horror film. As a result, it is convoluted and therefore hard to keep up with.
The first act is captivating but, from then on, the story crumbles. It could've been the Universal monster with the most poignant and innovative plot, yet it falls flat for most of its length. The sets and photography manage to redeem an oddly marketed movie that never fully assumes its different subplots. They include museum chambers, palaces and pyramid interiors built with depth and detail.
Alternate Titles: 
Cagliostro
Im-Ho-Tep
King of the Dead
Checklist of Terror 2019: Plausible Menace

Plausible threats, as opposed to supernatural or surreal ones, encompass all menaces whose existence can be or has been proven by science. Here’s a ranked watchlist of 413 plausible horror movies reviewed by film critic Steve Hutchison. How many have you seen?

Checklist of Terror 2019: Supernatural Menace

Supernatural threats, as opposed to plausible or surreal ones, encompass all menaces whose existence cannot be or hasn’t been proven by science. Here’s a ranked watchlist of 1272 supernatural horror movies reviewed by film critic Steve Hutchison. How many have you seen?

Decades of Terror 2019: 1990's Psychological Horror

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing psychological horror 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?

Decades of Terror 2019: 1980's Psychological Horror

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing psychological horror 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?

Guess the Horror Movie: 400 Pixelated Puzzles

This book contains 400 puzzles. Guess the name of each horror film based on the pixelated picture, its released year, and its synopsis. Write the title in the boxes below the clues. Puzzles tend to get more difficult as you progress. Answers can be found in the last pages.