Shivers of Terror 2017: The Creepiest Horror Movies

This book contains 100 reviews. These are some of the scariest horror movies in history. The reviews are sorted in order of preference. The ranking of each film is determined by the sum of 7 ratings: stars, gimmick, rewatchability, story, creativity, acting & quality. Each film description contains a synopsis, a list of attributed genres, moods evoked, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review. These films are not for the squeamish. You have been warned!

Phantom of the Opera

A disfigured violinist haunts an opera house.

 

United States
1943
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
Stalker: 
Sneaker
Trespasser
Trickster: 
Impostor
Lurer
Catastrophes: 
Collapse
4
Foul play
5.04
5.04
6
6
1
3
1
Photography
Pace
Performances
Phantom of the Opera is an ode to music lovers and musicians sprinkled with a pinch of darkness. At times, it is a first row experience into an actual opera performed by large groups of genuine players on a giant stage. This is a gorgeous movie with elaborate palettes of vibrant colors. Sumptuous, luxurious, dreamy; the set and costume design deserve their respective award.
This isn’t a musical in that the dialogue happens not during but between songs. It is a musical showcase that can be hard to sit through for some viewers. The horror facet only picks up in the second half. There is something incredibly enticing in having a masked figure haunt an opera house. The writers know it. Elaborate sets are used to create a visual maze that the camera makes the most of.
Contrary to the 1925 adaptation of the same novel by Gaston Leroux, this version includes the phantom’s backstory in real time, in the first act. Here, he is more a burn victim than an actual ghost, as the title implies. 1943’s Phantom of the Opera is a painting in motion. It is dialogue-heavy, romanticized and a slow-burn. It is classy, elegant, grandiose, but it isn’t exactly big on action…
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