66 Amazing Plausible 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 plausible threat. How many have you seen?

The Black Cat

Newlyweds become trapped in the home of a Satan worshiper.
Creature Feature

 

United States
1934
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
Black & White
Cultists: 
Guru
Worshipper
Catastrophes: 
Crash
3.04
A total black out!
4
2
5.04
3.04
1
2
2
Ambiance
Pace
Photography
The Black Cat is directed by Edgar G. Ulmer and stars Béla Lugosi and Boris Karloff, two established horror icons. It is one of the first movies to feature an almost continuous music score. It comes out during a boom in horror talkies following the releases of Dracula and Frankenstein in 1931. It is darkly poetic, extremely slow to get to the point, but it has a palpable theatrical ambiance.
Through all this dialogue and various subplots, it takes a while to figure out how the black cat ties in with the story, if it ever really does... A strange man in a robe hints us at dark things to come. He ends up being a Satanist. His main victim succumbs easily. She’s the type of woman who faints when she’s exceeded a certain stress threshold. Yes, she's one of these...
In all honesty, this is a boring movie. As a drama, it doesn’t have a wide emotional range. As a horror movie, it is not scary. The writers kept it all for the third act. It seems that the entire budget went there. The sets get more impressive, then, and there are more actors and extras. The ending is not enough to redeem the poor storytelling of the two first acts.
Alternate Titles: 
The Vanishing Body
Edgar Allan Poe's The Black Cat
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