Shivers of Terror 2017: 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!

The Old Dark House

Five travelers find shelter in a bizarre family estate.

 

United States
1932
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
Black & White
Catastrophes: 
Storm
3.04
A house of cards...
1.04
2
5.04
2
1
1
2
Performances
Plot
Ambiance
The things that strike us most about The Old Dark House are present until the end. The storm is its own character. We hear it growl and we see it blow curtains, revealing a poorly insulated old house. That storm is the reason, in the first place, that strangers gather all in one house, however improbable this scenario may be. It adds a surreal quality.
We understand we’re watching a dark movie, very early on, but, for a good while, we’re not sure who the enemy is. We’re told that the butler, played by Boris Karloff gets aggressive when he drinks, but that doesn’t justify the title. Nothing does. This film is all over the place. It is a dialogue-driven slow-burning thriller with great sets, decent acting but no story.
There is ambiance but no substance. The romance is shoved down our throats. Ultimately, the movie’s main problem is that it has no direction. It starts in chaos and ends in chaos. The technical side is somewhat ahead of its time; the photography, particularly. This is an artistic achievement that fails on the storytelling level. Watch it and forget it.
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.