Vampires & Horror

Vampires are undead beings that subsist by feeding on blood or vital force. They are a major archetype of horror movies. In this book, film critic Steve Hutchison reviews and ranks 50 of the best horror movies featuring vampires ever released. How many have you seen?

Son of Frankenstein

The son of a mad scientist revives the monster his father created before his death.
United States
1939
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Black & White
Stalker: 
Sneaker
3.04
Slower but meaner!
8
3.04
6
5.04
1
4
2
Ambiance
Photography
Effects
The monster was plentifully exposed in Bride of Frankenstein and is no longer a creepy mystery to us. We fast forward in the future, here, and people refer to him as a vague folktale; an urban legend. His body is soon found, though, and it triggers a sequence of events not unlike the original Universal original adaptation. The tone is the same, the structure is similar and the acting is up to par.
The film is sprinkled with fun surprises and twists that add a lot to the story. Returning characters make us care about what ends up being half a sequel, half a re-imagining. The dialog is more serious, this time around, and wants us to savor apprehending the angry monster’s resuscitation. The movie prefers long discussions over tense moments and has a frustrating amount of padding material.
Good performances get us through the filler so we can enjoy a satisfying third act. The photography and the effects are crisper than ever, yet the sets are dark and not revealing as much splendor as the two previous Universal Frankenstein movies did. The running time is significantly longer, allowing for more character development and a slow burning pace.
Giants & Horror

Giants are beings of prodigious size and strength common in the mythology and legends of many cultures. They are a major archetype of horror movies. In this book, film critic Steve Hutchison reviews and ranks 50 of the best horror movies featuring giants ever released. How many have you seen?

Decades of Terror 2019: 2000's Slasher Films

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing slasher films from the 2000’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: 1990's Slasher Films

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing slasher 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?

Clowns & Horror

Clowns are performers fond of physical comedy. Some are funny, some are scary. Some love children, some hate them. They are a major archetype of horror movies. In this book, film critic Steve Hutchison reviews and ranks 50 of the best horror movies featuring clowns ever released. How many have you seen?

Decades of Terror 2019: 1980's Slasher Films

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing slasher 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?