Quintessence of Terror: Scary Antagonists 2019

This book contains several horror movie lists sorted by antagonist types. While these movies aren’t the cream of the crop, they are nevertheless considered quintessential. These simple movies were selected by Tales of Terror’s algorithm out of 2000 reviews by horror critic Steve Hutchison. They are not necessarily the best in their category; they’re the ones you probably haven’t seen. They’re the ones begging to be discovered. The goal of this guide is to celebrate the underdogs and to discover hidden gems.

The Wizard of Oz

A girl is transported by a tornado to a world dominated by witches and inhabited by magical creatures.
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The Wizard of Oz is one of the most immersive visual experiences of its era. A surprisingly large amount of people directed and wrote this film. It is a production of epic proportions and nothing was left to chance. The photography is way ahead of its time. The style has been imitated, since, but never attained. The movie isn’t as innocent as it first appears. It is a smart hybrid of all genres.
The film was somewhat treated like a play, which can explain how spectacular it is. This is true about the dialogue, the sets and the costumes. The set design is intoxicating and the matte painting completely surreal. The costumes are rich in color and texture. The main performers can act, sing and dance. Considering the complexity of most costumes, this is no small task.
The songs, in this musical, are almost all earworms. A strong universal moral resides in the twist, making this film pertinent for both adults and children. The witch and the wizard might scare young children, but there is virtually no violence, here. The plot is clever, compartmented and calculated. The most fascinating thing about this film is that it looks like it was made in the 1960’s.
Decades of Terror 2019: 1990's Supernatural Horror

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing supernatural 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 Supernatural Horror

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing supernatural 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?

Apocalyptic War

Two popular subgenres converge. Film critic Steve Hutchison covers 50 excellent apocalyptic war films and ranks them mathematically. A synopsis, five ratings, and a review are provided for each film. How many have you seen?

Monster Invasion

Two popular subgenres converge. Film critic Steve Hutchison covers 50 excellent monster invasion films and ranks them mathematically. A synopsis, five ratings, and a review are provided for each film. How many have you seen?

Whodunit Slashers

Two popular subgenres converge. Film critic Steve Hutchison covers 50 excellent whodunit slashers and ranks them mathematically. A synopsis, five ratings, and a review are provided for each film. How many have you seen?