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.

Invasion of Astro-Monster

Aliens negotiate with humans in order to borrow three monsters from earth.
Japan
1965
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Translated
Animals: 
Bird
Dinosaur
Imaginary
Trickster: 
Lurer
Conman
Catastrophes: 
Apocalypse
Biohazard
Collapse
Fire
Dimensional: 
Spaceman
Giant: 
Kaiju
Behemoth
Infected: 
Irradiated
4
You'll be stumped...
8
3.04
5.04
5.04
1
4
1
Performances
Pace
Dialog
As with most Godzilla sequels featuring more than one giant creature, and they all do, the story is dense with superfluous details and doesn't always focus on the fun stuff. The dialog is tedious, very procedural and compensates for a budgetary lack. It's as good as any science-fiction film of its time, but the excessive padding is overwhelming, as it turns out.
The humanoid alien subplot can be heavy for someone looking for pure entertainment. Humans negotiate and discuss with them for way too long and display too little natural discomfort. It's hard to take seriously. It is not the first time mankind has had monsters as allies against Godzilla; here Rodan and Astro-Monster, namely, and this comes out as another silly, yet cute attempt at horror-fantasy.
Invasion of Astro-Monster, like all the films in the franchise is an atmospheric masterpiece, and, as such, a delight for the acquired fan. The sound effects, the scores, the sets and the visuals have a particular signature to them that makes you come back for more. Yes, it's more of the same, but with now fully assumed cheese, funny costumes and hilarious oversimplified alien politics.
Alternate Titles: 
Godzilla 7
Kaijû daisensô
Godzilla vs. Monster Zero
Monster Zero
Battle of the Astros
Invasion of Planet X
The Great Monster War
Decades of Terror 2019: 2000's Horror Movies

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing horror 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?

Shark Week 2019

Sharks can be giant, mutated, metallic, or prehistoric. Some of them live in tornadoes, some in the snow. Sharks are our friends, except when they’re hungry, which they usually are. If you show signs of weakness or aggression, you will be attacked. If you bleed, you will be attacked. Shark Week is the time of the year when you do not want to be swimming with sharks. In this book, I review 64 shark movies ranked from worst to decent. If you watch them in order, they will only get better.

Best of Terror 2019: Top 300 Horror Movies

The following recommendations are the best 15% of 1900 horror and horror-adjacent movies reviewed by Steve Hutchison. Movies are sorted according to the average of various ratings: overall, story, creativity, acting, quality, and rewatchability. How many have you seen?

Checklist of Terror 2019: Scientific Villains

This book contains ranked checklists of movies with aliens, giants, invaders, mutants, parasites, robots, dimensional beings, hybrids, infected people, invisible people, machines, and otherness. How many have you seen?

Decades of Terror 2019: 1990's Horror Movies

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing 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?