Shivers of Terror 2016: The Creepiest Horror Movies

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!

The Ninth Configuration

The patients of a remote insane asylum are allowed to live out their fantasies.

 

United States
1980
Feature Film
Realism: 
Surreal
3.04
This one will drive you crazy!
4
2
6
6
1
1
1
Performances
Plot
Dialogue
What the hell did I just watch? William Peter Blatty writes and directs this disorienting mystery. It is so theatrical it is pretentious. It takes place in a castle whose every angle and corner is used and reused. The sets are limited but very immersing. Interestingly, this film is a collection of vignettes that only make sense, at first sight, within their own context.
The Ninth Configuration is the second part of a Trilogy. It technically follows 1973’s The Exorcist and is followed by 1990’s The Exorcist III. In fact, the three movies have common actors and characters but are a poor excuse for a trilogy. For one thing, The Ninth Configuration is a comedy and a mindfuck. It has a strong militaristic comment and is deeply spiritual.
This bizarre flick will probably find its audience but it will only please a minority of viewers. It is all over the place, it constantly loses its focus, it wants to shock at all costs and, more than anything, it doesn’t have a straight story worth telling. It requires your whole attention. It’s extremely confusing even for an audience that is fully invested. This is not an easy watch...
Alternate Titles: 
Twinkle, Twinkle, Killer Kane
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