Subgenres of Terror, 2nd Edition: Torture Films

Included in this book are 80 reviews of horror and horror-adjacent torture films.

In torture films, sadistic violence or torture is a central aspect of the plot.

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.

The Vault of Horror

Five strangers meet in a gentlemen’s club and tell each other their recurring nightmares.
United States
United Kingdom
1973
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
Supernatural
Anthology
Tale Amount: 
5
Sadist: 
Master
Cultists: 
Clubbist
Relative: 
Sibling
Trickster: 
Impostor
Lurer
Conman
Catastrophes: 
Accident
Crash
Dimensional: 
Hellish
Unknown
Object: 
Musical Instrument
Rope
Painting
Wizards: 
Voodoo Sorcerer
Evoker

Midnight Mess

A man kills his sister to claim his inheritance.

The Neat Job

Unable to please her husband, a newlywed woman loses her mind.

This Trick’ll Kill You

An illusionist kills the owner of a magical flute.

Bargain in Death

An insurance fraudster asks to be buried then dug up.

Drawn and Quartered

A man inherits a voodoo power that allows him to paint destruction and death.

5.04
The stuff nightmares are made of!
6
4
6
5.04
3
3
3

Midnight Mess

The Neat Job

This Trick’ll Kill You

Bargain in Death

Drawn and Quartered

Plot
Pace
Effects
The Vault of Horror is just as creative as the most eccentric entries of the Amicus anthology collection. Based on EC Comics, like 1972’s Tales from the Crypt, it finds the perfect balance of fright and fun and delivers it using bright colors and lively dialog. The stories all feature both social and supernatural horror, and bad guys that bite the dust by the time twists are revealed.
There’s something in this for all horror fan segmentations. It namely tells the stories of cursed artifacts, dark talents and voodoo spells. It tackles many subgenres but has a preference for the occult. Anyone up to date with the franchise will see the wrap around story’s conclusion coming from a mile away but it is a necessary evil because it gives depth to each segment and feels continuous.
The practical effects are breath-taking. Inanimate objects are so skillfully rigged and animated that their temper, their mood and their personality comes across. The Vault of Horror learns from the previous sequel; Tales from the Crypt, yet it ends up hiding in its shadow. In fact, all stories have great gimmicks but some of them simply require less eye-candy to tell their arc.
Alternate Titles: 
Further Tales from the Crypt
Tales from the Crypt, Part II
Realms of Terror: Horror-Adjacent 2019

Included in this book are 141 reviews of horror-adjacent films. Horror-adjacent films are mixes of comedy, drama, adventure, action, thriller, fantasy, and science fiction. They are dark enough to entertain horror movie fans but can’t exactly be called horror. How many have you seen?

Decades of Terror 2019: 1990's Monster Films

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing monster 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?

Christmas Horror Watchlist 2019

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but this list is so delightful. And since you’ve no place to go, here are 60 ranked reviews of Christmas-themed horror movies. Ho, ho, ho! This year, get ready for the horrorthon of a lifetime! Naughty or nice?

Halloween Horror Watchlist 2019

An excellent way to celebrate All Hallows' Eve all through October, this book contains 53 ranked reviews of Halloween-themed horror movies. This year, get ready for the horrorthon of a lifetime!

Trends of Terror 2019: 150 Movies So Bad They’re Good

I hope you like cheese. This book is full of it. In this edition of Trends of Terror, film critic Steve Hutchison reviews 150 horror and horror-adjacent movies so bad they’re good, sorted from best to worst. How many have you seen?