Icons of Terror 2018: 18 Horror Movie Franchises Featuring Legendary Modern Monsters

The following pages analyze 111 horror films grouped in 18 franchises. These franchises feature an antagonist, or villain, who has been present in all or most films. These antagonists are so iconic that they have, in all cases, generated multiple sequels. All movies contained in this book are rated, ranked and compared to each other.

The Grapes of Death

Pesticide being sprayed on vineyards is turning people into zombies.

 

France
1978
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Translated
Trickster: 
Impostor
Lurer
Catastrophes: 
Biohazard
Fluids: 
Drink
Infected: 
Diseased
4
Like an old wine!
6
3.04
5.04
4
1
2
2
Ambiance
Dialog
Plot
The Grapes of Death is one of the most mainstream films of Jean Rollin, which doesn’t mean your mother will approve. At one point, you’re going to get boobs, and you’re going to get blood. You’re going to get them simultaneously. Just make sure your mom isn’t in the same room. The movie’s melodramatic, but it isn’t a soap opera. This is Rollin’s very own Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
This script is weak, and it took three people to come up with it. The execution is rough around the edges. We go from delirium to cacophony, unable to distinguish the good guys from the bad. The antagonists are undergoing a mutation that turns them into violent jerks. They’re not exactly zombies and they’re not just contaminated. They’re uber ass holes with cheap make-up.
I wouldn’t call the gore realistic, but you probably shouldn’t be eating hot dogs passed the first act. You shouldn’t be drinking wine, for that matter, because that’s how you turn into a revenant, or ghoul… or zombie, in 1978 France. This is a fucked-up movie, and there’s nothing quite like it. It is oddly paced, anticlimactic, poorly edited, and the dialogue is atrocious.
Alternate Titles: 
The Raisins of Death
The Raisins of Death
Pesticide
Decades of Terror 2019: 2000's Horror Movies

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing horror 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?

Shark Week 2019

Sharks can be giant, mutated, metallic, or prehistoric. Some of them live in tornadoes, some in the snow. Sharks are our friends, except when they’re hungry, which they usually are. If you show signs of weakness or aggression, you will be attacked. If you bleed, you will be attacked. Shark Week is the time of the year when you do not want to be swimming with sharks. In this book, I review 64 shark movies ranked from worst to decent. If you watch them in order, they will only get better.

Best of Terror 2019: Top 300 Horror Movies

The following recommendations are the best 15% of 1900 horror and horror-adjacent movies reviewed by Steve Hutchison. Movies are sorted according to the average of various ratings: overall, story, creativity, acting, quality, and rewatchability. How many have you seen?

Checklist of Terror 2019: Scientific Villains

This book contains ranked checklists of movies with aliens, giants, invaders, mutants, parasites, robots, dimensional beings, hybrids, infected people, invisible people, machines, and otherness. How many have you seen?

Decades of Terror 2019: 1990's Horror Movies

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing horror 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?