This book contains 50 reviews of horror movies shot in black and white. The reviews are sorted from the last position to the first one. The ranking of each production is established by the sum of 7 ratings: stars, gimmick, rewatchability, story, creativity, acting & quality. Each film description contains a synopsis, a list of attributed genres, emotions evoked, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review.
The Dark AKA The Mutilator is about people investigating an alien that stalks and kills people. It seems made by artists who don’t particularly like horror movies and follow a generic model. The film is not particularly well shot, certainly not written with passion, but it has a reasonable production value. Basically, when you’ve seen ten minutes of this film, there are no surprises left ahead.
Most of the footage is extremely dark, so we don’t see much of the alien. One could suspect that the whole film is dark to save money. Even scenes that should take place in daylight or under neons bathe in black, hence the film’s title. It’s as good a way as any to manage a small budget, but you can’t fool a horror fan, can you? The creature design is pretty lame, indeed. It's better that way.
Generic script, check! Dark photography, check! Strike 3, the worst of it all, is a double procedural. Both a journalist and a detective end up investigating the disappearance once the second act kicks in. Now we’re in trouble. At that point, the film has one redeeming quality left: it’s a slasher flick! As it turns out, making a cookie-cutter horror feature has its advantages.