Trends of Terror 2019: 58 Big Plot Twists

A plot twist is a literary technique that introduces a radical change in the direction or expected outcome of the plot in a work of fiction. In this edition of Trends of Terror, film critic Steve Hutchison reviews 58 horror and horror-adjacent movies with big plot twists sorted from best to worst. How many have you seen?

Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde

A potion turns its creator, a man, into a woman.

 

United Kingdom
1971
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Trickster: 
Impostor
Fluids: 
Potion
Infected: 
Diseased
4
Awkward!
6
5.04
6
6
2
3
2
Performances
Pace
Plot
Hammer Film Productions tries something completely off the wall by making his evil protagonist a transgender woman. The end result is incredibly disorienting but still delightful. Picture Dr. Jekyll and Mrs. Hyde meet Jack the Ripper. Sounds convoluted? It kind of is. Jekyll pretends Hyde is his widowed sister. He’s good, she’s evil, but soon both personalities merge and the situation implodes.
This is one of the best adaptations of the novella we’ve had so far. This is technically the third time Hammer Films adapts the Robert Louis Stevenson short story to the screen. This is also the most shocking by far. Imagine Jekyll turning into Hyde and soon after playing with her nude breasts. Okay; It sounds worse than it is! The script is smart and the director has good taste, so it works...
The score could be more present, the tension more palpable and the pacing more captivating. The only major problem, here, is that not much happens in this film. It's a bad thriller. We get a couple of simple but ingenious mutation scenes, a bunch of murders but a lot of dialogue. The acting is irreproachable, the set design and costumes are of Hammer Film standards and the photo is immersive.
Streaks of Terror 2019: My Favorite Horror Movie Franchises

Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Halloween, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Hellraiser, Child’s Play, Scream, Saw, Alien, Predator, Evil Dead – Film critic Steve Hutchison covers some of his favorite horror movie franchises, providing a synopsis, a review, and ranking all installments.

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?