Masters of Terror 2017: George A. Romero's Filmography

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

The ranking of each film is established by the sum of 8 types of ratings:

STARS, GIMMICK, REWATCHABILITY, STORY, CREATIVITY, ACTING, QUALITY and CREEPINESS. 

The Exorcist

Different scientists and clerics attempt to heal a young girl believed to be ill or possessed.
United States
1973
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Relative: 
Offspring
Psychics: 
Illusionist
Hypnotist
Medium
Telepathist
8
Better the devil you know!
7.04
7.04
8
7.04
3
4
4
Effects
Editing
Ambiance
The Exorcist is a battle between faith and the devil. It is implied, here, that God exists. The concept is reminiscent of vampire mythos, but is adapted to an urban tale of demonology. One of the singularities of the film is that is contains virtually no humor. It takes its horror very seriously, like few of its cousins. It is sad, terrifying, disgusting, and generally conveys negativity.
Once rid of its convoluted first act, the movie wastes no time getting to the hard stuff. It is heavy on symbolism and hard-felt dialog, and uses the kind of filler that at least contributes to the suspense until the key scenes. In The Exorcist, Linda Blair plays a possessed child who swears, slaps her mother, masturbates with a crucifix, floats over her bed, and regurgitates on priests.
Judicious effects come into play to make this feel real. Some stunts are so violent they seem like they were not meant to be seen. The directing is impeccable. The pacing is effective in gradually dragging the audience in an increasingly troubling plot. It’s a gory, gooey and blasphemous masterpiece, and one of the best slow-burns of recent horror history.
Alternate Titles: 
William Peter Blatty's The Exorcist
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.