Masters of Terror 2017: Wes Craven's Filmography

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

Jaws

A police chief, a scientist and a fisherman set out to stop a great white shark.
Horror for Beginners
Creature Feature
United States
1975
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
Festivity: 
Shark Week
Animals: 
Shark
Trickster: 
Prankster
Fluids: 
Water
8
Sink your teeth into this!
5.04
7.04
8
7.04
4
3
3
Performances
Pace
Effects
Like fishing, Jaws takes time, patience, and may or may not be rewarding when all is said and done. In the hands of Steven Spielberg, though, this movie promises to mark a generation of movie-goers. One of the lead is a loud-mouthed shark specialist; another one a sheriff who inspires confidence while taking danger seriously. The third boat occupant; squeamish, upholds the horror layer.
For a summer blockbuster about a killer shark, Jaws is especially shy on animatronics. The effects are ahead of their time and truly terrifying but are used very sparingly. The movie is shot in deep water and gets around enormous challenges imposed by an unusual script. Legends say the props didn't take water so well. As a result, we end up with a heavy drama and very little shark mayhem...
The actors give an honest, authentic and subtle performance. Spielberg takes a genre considered learning ground for filmmakers and raised the bar so high that he had to resort to dialogue to craft tension when he met a technical wall. There is a shark, but he won’t show up until we’re fully involved in the characters. With its immersing scenery and intrigue, Jaws takes fear back to its origins.
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?

66 All-American 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 States. How many have you seen?