Masters of Terror 2017

This book contains the synopses and reviews of the darkest films in the filmography of six legendary masters of terror. The listings are ranked from best to worst.

The Brides of Dracula

A vampire hunter chases down a mysterious baron.
United Kingdom
1960
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Character Focus: 
Vampire Film
Animals: 
Bat
Psychics: 
Hypnotist
4
Dracula couldn't be with us...
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4
6
6
1
4
2
Photography
Pace
Ambiance
With its beautiful sets, both interior and exterior at once, populated with stained-glass windows, antiquities and tapestry, with its surreal blocking and the particular way it treats its characters, this sequel lacks only one element but a significant one. Christopher Lee isn’t returning. Horror franchises rely on their antagonists more than their protagonists, so this is somewhat a spin-off.
Regardless, the film pulls it off. It manages to be decent, considering Dracula’s dead. It is structured similarly to the original and redeems its continuity holes by bringing back the earlier look and feel. The sets are lit and built like a vertical maze to immerse the viewer in extended scenes of disorienting chases or dialog. The Brides of Dracula’s theatrical approach is fascinating.
Peter Cushing reprises his role from the previous film and carries the film. He’s the lead and he is still a strong, influential presence. Once again, the third act is really what you’re in for. It’s filled with effects and stunts. By Hammer tradition, the vampire is more physical than ethereal. It fights and runs around like humans do and has more weaknesses than strengths, ironically...
My Movie Reviews

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Frankenstein Reviewed: 2020 Edition

Horror critic Steve Hutchison analyzes 39 Frankenstein movies. How many have you seen? Each article includes a synopsis, five different ratings, and a review.

Dracula Reviewed: 2020 Edition

Horror critic Steve Hutchison analyzes 34 Dracula movies. How many have you seen? Each article includes a synopsis, five different ratings, and a review.

Godzilla Reviewed: 2020 Edition

Horror critic Steve Hutchison analyzes the 36 first Godzilla movies. How many have you seen? Each article includes a synopsis, five different ratings, and a review.