This book contains 100 reviews. These are some of the scariest horror movies in history. The reviews are sorted in order of preference. The ranking of each film is determined by the sum of 7 ratings: stars, gimmick, rewatchability, story, creativity, acting & quality. Each film description contains a synopsis, a list of attributed genres, moods evoked, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review. These films are not for the squeamish. You have been warned!
A nice Halloween treat!
Halloween is the ultimate stalk and kill movie. It has a lot to offer as a slasher that hasn't been considered pertinent in past horror history. One of the early scenes is mostly composed of a long point of view shot that puts you behind the mask of a psychopathic child. We then cool down with the nice, lengthy character exposition of average high school personas with simple backgrounds.
There are lots of moments filled with nothing but girls walking around in peaceful neighborhoods, chatting. It's all about friendships, family and suburban life until bodies start piling up. It then becomes your typical campfire tale about a mental institute escapee coming to get you. Drop in hints of possession, some alcohol, nudity, a babysitter and a cool mask and you get a fun, creepy flick.
The sonata is chilling, intense, overused, but establishes a trademark. The monster's design is great. The script is strong, though simplistic. This kind of horror is accessible, visceral but not necessary gory. If some slashers rely on the red stuff, this one glorifies stalking. Michael Myers is that shy brute that hides in the shadow, watching you, plotting against you...