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.
Transforms the werewolf sub-genre!
Werewolf movies are often horrifying because the enemy is the curse; not just the beast. This film does it better than most, but transformation is what it does better than all. It features the greatest effects money and grey matter can buy. The werewolf animatronics and the other practical effects used for metamorphosis are pure genius. It’s raw, real, hairy, and it looks as painful as it should.
A few dream sequences, irrelevant and inconsequential, come out as indulgent. Otherwise, the script is clever and well-paced. There is a mind-shattering subplot dealing with ghosts. It implies that the werewolf’s dark fate involves being forever haunted by the spirits of his or her victims. This kind of writing adds depth to a mythology merely alluded to in previous film history, and it’s scary.
The vocal soundtrack is excellent; carefully selected and with lunar references as lyrics, and spices up the omnipresent tongue in cheek humor. The great acting and the intimate shooting locations work hand in hand in delivering a thick ambiance that feels familiar, comfortable, romantic, "next door". Everything comes together in creating one of the spookiest werewolf movies out there.