Anthologies of Terror 2019

This book includes 86 horror anthology film reviews. The movies are sorted in order of preference. The ranking of each film is established by the sum of 7 ratings: stars, gimmick, rewatchability, story, creativity, acting and quality.

Each film description contains a synopsis, a list of attributed genres, pertinent moods, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review.

The Wizard of Oz

A girl is transported by a tornado to a world dominated by witches and inhabited by magical creatures.
8
Greatness down the road!
8
5.04
7.04
7.04
3
4
2
Photography
Editing
Ambiance
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.
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?