Shivers of Terror 2016: The Creepiest Horror Movies

This book contains 100 reviews. These are some of the scariest horror movies in history. The reviews are sorted in order of preference. The ranking of each film is determined by the sum of 7 ratings: stars, gimmick, rewatchability, story, creativity, acting & quality. Each film description contains a synopsis, a list of attributed genres, moods evoked, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review. These films are not for the squeamish. You have been warned!

Murders in the Rue Morgue

A mad scientist seeks to mingle human blood with that of an ape.

 

United States
1932
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Black & White
Animals: 
Monkey
4
Go ape!
4
4
4
3.04
1
2
1
Photography
Pace
Plot
So, what is it about Murders in the Rue Morgue that makes it a classic? It generated several films, but the title itself is kind of elusive. It doesn’t summarize the story. Not at all. First things first, it’s based on a short story by Edgar Allan Poe, and stars Bela Lugosi one year after he played Dracula. While it is a pre-Code film, 21 minutes were cut off in the final version.
It’s safe to say that fans of this movie somewhat admire what it could’ve been and are in love with a picture they haven’t seen. Murders in the Rue Morgue is a period piece about a mad scientist who wants to mix human and ape blood, and kidnaps women to achieve his goal. It takes place in 1845 Paris; a time when people, apparently, were terrified of apes.
What a good-looking film this is. Karl Freund’s photography is astonishing. Pay attention to how it was shot. It’s a movie that could only exist in black and white. It’s stylistic and visionary. Put yourself behind the camera and you’ll be mesmerized. The story is ahead of its time, and it’s even older than this film. The only thing that can disappoint, here, is how latent the horror is.
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