Masters of Terror 2018: Charles Band's Filmography

This book contains the synopses and reviews of the darkest films in Charles Band’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.
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 dialog 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.
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?