Trends of Terror 2019: 64 Psychological Thrillers

Psychological thrillers depict the unstable or delusional psychological states of its characters. They focus on the complex and often tortured relationships between obsessive and pathological characters. In this edition of Trends of Terror, film critic Steve Hutchison reviews 64 psychological thrillers sorted from best to worst. How many have you seen?

Mystery of the Wax Museum

Missing people and corpses lead a reporter to a wax museum owned by a strange sculptor.

 

United States
1933
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
Trickster: 
Impostor
Catastrophes: 
Fire
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Wax and wane...
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Performances
Pace
Photography
This intricate picture was created in two-color Technicolor, in shades of salmon and peacock, and it is one of the last dramatic fiction films made with this process. It certainly has an appeal and it makes you wonder why this didn’t become a standard. The production looks twenty years younger than it is. The special effects are, too, ahead of their time.
The wax figures look like real people because, well, that’s what they are, in most cases. Some of them are beyond creepy. Some move and aren’t supposed to. All characters have their perks. There’s a drug addict, a deaf-mute; there’s even a monster. Sculptor, reporter, editor, model; people are defined by their occupations and everyone’s got a respectable job.
The performances are theatrical and not as stiff as you’d expect. The script is big on dialogue and slow, but not particularly slow for a 1933 movie. An interesting thing to note is that it was made before the application of the Hays Code. It’s basically free of censorship. Those are all reasons that should urge you to watch Mystery of the Wax Museum. It’s a great anomaly.
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.