Anthologies of Terror 2019

This book includes 86 horror anthology film reviews. The movies are sorted in order of preference. The ranking of each film is established by the sum of 7 ratings: stars, gimmick, rewatchability, story, creativity, acting and quality.

Each film description contains a synopsis, a list of attributed genres, pertinent moods, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review.

The Dark

An alien stalks and kills humans during the night.

 

United States
1979
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Character Focus: 
Alien Film
Stalker: 
Sneaker
Catastrophes: 
Crash
3.04
Dark AF...
6
3.04
6
5.04
1
3
2
Performances
Photography
Plot
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.
Alternate Titles: 
The Mutilator
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