Subgenres of Terror 2016: 30 Best Haunting Films

The following reviews were extracted from a database and formatted for this book. Tales of Terror (www.terror.ca) is a “gamified” tool designed for horror fans, students, authors and filmmakers. “Gamification” is the transformation and adaptation of tangible concepts into empirical games. This book covers franchise and public domain horror movies only. This rule ensures that each movie can be logically related and compared to another or grouped by similarity. Movies can therefore be classified, and sorted according to inherent properties.

An American Werewolf in London

The survivor of a wolf attack fears he might be cursed by lycanthropy.
Horror for Beginners
Creature Feature
United States
United Kingdom
1981
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Character Focus: 
Lycanthrope Film
Infected: 
Contagious
Cursed
Lycanthropy: 
Werewolf
8
Transforms the werewolf sub-genre!
7.04
6
7.04
7.04
3
4
4
Photography
Editing
Effects
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.
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