The Almanac of Terror 2016: 86 Years of Horror Movie Statistics

The Almanac of Terror mixes and aggregates different statistics on horror and horror-adjacent movies. Most of the lists included in this book are sorted according to their overall score.

Our classification method combines genres, subgenres, ambiances and antagonists. Our different ratings are: stars, story, creativity, action, quality, creepiness and rewatchability.

The Last House on the Left

Two teenagers looking for drugs are kidnapped and raped by a group of criminals.
United States
1972
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
Sadist: 
Master
Torturer
Stalker: 
Sneaker
Trespasser
Trickster: 
Impostor
Lurer
Writing: 
Original Film: 
Uncredited: 
Franchise Original
Franchise Remake
Franchise Re-imagining
5.04
It pulls no punches!
4
5.04
5.04
4
1
2
4
Pace
Photography
Ambiance
What starts as a simple enough drama with an obvious commentary on women liberation and the love generation is soon thrown turned into chaos: a torture and rape story; a hippy's worst nightmare. Sometimes crudely honest in regards to taboos and via its raw delivery, it has one goal and that's to show you things you know exist and don't want to think about. It wants to shock you, make you angry...
The rape subplot is lengthy, elaborate, but, bear with them, things probably won't turn out exactly as you'd expect them to. The film follows the tropes of the mixed subgenres it exploits. It builds a sense of vulnerability, bursts of frustration and then redeems itself in a surprising finale, asking for emotional forgiveness for what it made you sit through.
The cinematography is nothing out of the ordinary. It has more in common with grindhouse cinema than art house. It isn't exactly stylish. When it tries to be, it generally makes bad judgment calls, namely in regards to the score and the editing. It becomes comedic where there isn't exactly room for humor. The Last House on the Left deliberately mocks your disgust and your sense of moral.
Alternate Titles: 
Last House on the Left
Subgenres of Terror, 2nd Edition: Futuristic Films

<p>Included in this book are 49 reviews of horror and horror-adjacent futuristic films.</p><p>Futuristic films are films with settings beyond the year they were released or made, even if that setting is now in the past, and films with a futuristic setting despite of unspecified date.</p><p>Each book in the second edition of the Subgenres of Terror collection contains a thematic watchlist in which movies are sorted in order of preference.</p>

Subgenres of Terror, 2nd Edition: Found Footage Films

Included in this book are 64 reviews of horror and horror-adjacent found footage films.

Found footage is a film subgenre in which all or a substantial part of the work is presented as if it were discovered film or video recordings.

Each book in the second edition of the Subgenres of Terror collection contains a thematic watchlist in which movies are sorted in order of preference.

Masters of Terror 2019: Lloyd Kaufman's Filmography

This book contains the synopses and reviews of the darkest films in Lloyd Kaufman’s filmography. The listings are ranked from best to worst.

Decades of Terror: 1930-2019

Steve Hutchison analyzed horror movie decades between the 1930’s and 2019 and came up with ranked lists. Each film description contains a synopsis, attributed genres, a list of ambiances involved, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review.

Realms of Terror: Dark Adventure Movies 2019

These are 100 of the best dark adventure movies, in order of preference. How many have you seen? Reviews and ratings by horror host Steve Hutchison are included.