Masters of Terror 2019: Lloyd Kaufman's Filmography

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

Stranger in Our House

A teenager suspects her cousin might be a witch.

 

United States
1978
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Kid Friendly
Animals: 
Horse
Relative: 
Related
Trickster: 
Impostor
Catastrophes: 
Accident
Crash
Explosion
Wizards: 
Voodoo Sorcerer
3.04
A girl thing...
6
3.04
6
5.04
1
2
2
Performances
Dialogue
Ambiance
This picture reminds us that Wes Craven is only a man. Not every film he directs can have the success of A Nightmare on Elm Street. It is a TV movie and it is extremely limited. It stars Linda Blair as the main protagonist. She was infinitely more interesting in The Exorcist. Here, she lets her puffy hair do the acting. She’s annoying, but so is everybody else. The dialogue is atrocious.
It is based on the book Summer of Fear by Lois Duncan. It’s a simple story and, within the limitations of the TV format, it comes out as a soap opera for teenage girls with a pinch of horror. Witchcraft is always a good excuse to dump a bunch of cliched supernatural tropes, like having the antagonist not appear in pictures, in mirrors and making animals lose their mind.
This is a good gateway to horror for younger audiences because it depicts their realities, their worries and their lifestyles, but it doesn’t exactly stand the test of time and it’s not that good. If anyone thought this is what horror movies are all about, they may never look back. It is weak sauce. The characters are whiny, uncool, unnatural, hard to relate to and painted by numbers.
Alternate Titles: 
Summer of Fear
My Movie Reviews

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• Record the movies you see.
• Break them down and analyze them.
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• Share your movie journal with friends.
• 200 pages, 6" x 9"

My Nightmare Diary

• Write about your nightmares in this dream diary. Write about places, people, and what scared you. Draw pictures of your nightmares.
• A great notebook to keep at your bedside to record your dreams and analyze them.
• 120 pages, 6" x 9"

Frankenstein Reviewed: 2020 Edition

Horror critic Steve Hutchison analyzes 39 Frankenstein movies. How many have you seen? Each article includes a synopsis, five different ratings, and a review.

Dracula Reviewed: 2020 Edition

Horror critic Steve Hutchison analyzes 34 Dracula movies. How many have you seen? Each article includes a synopsis, five different ratings, and a review.

Godzilla Reviewed: 2020 Edition

Horror critic Steve Hutchison analyzes the 36 first Godzilla movies. How many have you seen? Each article includes a synopsis, five different ratings, and a review.