Icons of Terror 2019: 20 Horror Movie Franchises Featuring Legendary Modern Monsters

The following pages analyze 125 horror films grouped in 20 franchises. These franchises feature an antagonist, or villain, who has been present in all or most films. These antagonists are so iconic that they have, in all cases, generated multiple sequels. All movies contained in this book are rated, ranked and compared to each other.

The Curse of the Werewolf

In 18th Century Spain, an adopted boy becomes a werewolf and terrorizes the inhabitants of his town.
Creature Feature

 

United Kingdom
1961
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Lycanthropy: 
Werewolf
4
No ordinary wolf!
5.04
3.04
6
5.04
1
2
2
Photography
Pace
Ambiance
It starts in a tavern where we meet a beggar who gets bullied by patrons. The beggar later ends up among men of wealth who also ridicule him. We’re led to believe he is the werewolf referred to in the title. So far, so good. The first act is quite uplifting. This being a Hammer production, you’re guaranteed lavish photography, costumes, and set design. As you can imagine, there’ll also be filler.
Now, this was inspired by a novel and it takes useless tangents, like that baptism, or these long-winded conversations about exorcism that seem like pretexts to show just how gorgeous the backdrops are. On that note, we keep seeing the same sets: the castle, the prison, the church, the gate, and the tavern. It gives the movie a theatrical quality, typical of Hammer films.
Don’t expect great werewolf make-up. Expect good build-up and a few surprises. It’s interesting to note that there isn’t a definitive protagonist, not for a while, at least. Consequently, there’s no one to root for. The film’s biggest weakness is that it doesn’t show the monster for more than a few seconds sporadically. It’s 1961. Isn’t it about time we stop postponing the good stuff?
Alternate Titles: 
The Curse of Siniestro
The Almanac of Terror 2019: 89 Years of Horror Movie Statistics

The following recommendation lists are based on 2000 horror movie reviews. They were extracted from a database and formatted for this book. Tales of Terror (www.terror.ca) is an online “gamified” tool designed for horror fans, students, authors and filmmakers. “Gamification” is the adaptation and transformation of tangible concepts into empirical games. Not unlike sport publications, fantasy leagues and role-playing games, the Almanac of Terror mixes and aggregates different statistics, facts, ratings and opinions. Most of the lists included in this book are sorted from best to worst according to their overall score. Some lists are sorted by pertinence. Our classification method uses genres, subgenres, ambiances and antagonists. Our different ratings are as follows: stars, story, creativity, action, quality, gimmick, and rewatchability. We sometimes use the “creepiness” factor when populating certain lists.

66 All-Japanese Horror Movies

This book contains 66 reviews of horror films written and ranked by critic and blogger Steve Hutchison. Each description includes five ratings (stars, story, creativity, acting, quality), a synopsis and a review. All 66 movies were produced exclusively by Japan. How many have you seen?

Trends of Terror 2019: 101 Horror Movies for Beginners

Have you been recently introduced to horror movies? You want to explore the genre and don’t know where to start? Here are 101 simple and accessible ranked horror movies you should definitely check out. How many have you seen?

66 All-British Horror Movies

This book contains 66 reviews of horror films written and ranked by critic and blogger Steve Hutchison. Each description includes five ratings (stars, story, creativity, acting, quality), a synopsis and a review. All 66 movies were produced exclusively by the United Kingdom. How many have you seen?

66 All-American Horror Movies

This book contains 66 reviews of horror films written and ranked by critic and blogger Steve Hutchison. Each description includes five ratings (stars, story, creativity, acting, quality), a synopsis and a review. All 66 movies were produced exclusively by the United States. How many have you seen?