Aliens, clowns, demons, dolls, ghosts, giants, lycanthropes, robots, vampires, zombies; choose your poison! 2000 horror and horror-adjacent movies have been analyzed. They have been divided according to 10 antagonist types. Each list is ranked and reviewed by film critic Steve Hutchison. How many have you seen?
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The film you come back to!
This movie outlines the world as it would be if taken over by contagious revenants converting the human race to theirs. It’s claustrophobic, xenophobic, and the monsters featured have a cohesive logic to them. The first scene takes place in a cemetery but all character arcs converge to a house that is being reinforced by the protagonists to keep the supernatural threat outside.
The odd interpersonal exchanges humans have under the extreme circumstances featured create build-up even when no zombie is around. George A. Romero and John A. Russo wrote a script so visionary that no minute feels stretched or superfluous. The lesson learned, here, is that humans are monsters in their own rights the moment their life is threatened and their freedom reduced to a minimum.
The performances are theatrically exaggerated, but certainly competent. The plot is imaginative and entertaining. The creatures depicted by the script aren't vampires or werewolves, but they’re just as interesting and dense with exploitative material. This is an instant classic that creates an instant subgenre and has the same amplitude the Universal monsters had.