Subgenres of Terror, 2nd Edition: Musical Films

Included in this book are 40 reviews of horror and horror-adjacent musical films.

Musicals are a genre in which songs sung by the characters are interwoven into the narrative, sometimes accompanied by dancing.

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 Texas Chain Saw Massacre

Siblings and their friends, while driving to the desecrated tomb of their grandfather, run out of gas and become the victims of cannibals.
United States
1974
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
Sadist: 
Torturer
7.04
They busted a gut!
6
6
5.04
5.04
4
3
4
Ambiance
Photography
Plot
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre features a kind of violence that is closer to realistic torture than most horror flicks dare or choose to go. There is nothing supernatural, here, although there is a mysterious aura to the cannibal family our protagonists are targeted by. The cinematography is minimalist, the picture grainy, the set design simply spine-chilling.
Visceral, it pulls no punches and always brings us back to our basic, every day ultimate fears: suffering, mutilation, torture and death, mostly. The film isn't exactly bloody but it's crude, gritty and conveys pain through dry audio effects, screams and sudden loud noises. It essentially speaks to the phobias humans have about evil, sociopathy, insanity, sorrow and pain.
Watch a bunch of teens get chased, butchered, and meet Leatherface, an iconic chainsaw-wielding brute masked by dead human skin. Depicted as a dumb teenager watching over his family, he is a walking gimmick. He quickly turns a road thriller into physical and mental torture horror. The antagonists are all played by performers who are so natural, yet creepy, they don't seem to be acting at all.
Alternate Titles: 
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Giants & Horror

Giants are beings of prodigious size and strength common in the mythology and legends of many cultures. They are a major archetype of horror movies. In this book, film critic Steve Hutchison reviews and ranks 50 of the best horror movies featuring giants ever released. How many have you seen?

Decades of Terror 2019: 2000's Slasher Films

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing slasher films from the 2000’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?

Decades of Terror 2019: 1990's Slasher Films

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing slasher 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?

Clowns & Horror

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Decades of Terror 2019: 1980's Slasher Films

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing slasher films from the 1980’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?