Robots & Horror

Robots are machines capable of carrying complex actions. They can be autonomous or semi-autonomous, they can be cyborgs or androids, and they are often driven by artificial intelligence. They are a major archetype of horror movies. In this book, film critic Steve Hutchison reviews and ranks 50 of the best horror movies featuring robots ever released. How many have you seen?

Deadly Blessing

A religious community is decimated by a mysterious figure.

 

United States
1981
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Animals: 
Dog
Snake
Insects: 
Spider
Sadist: 
Torturer
Stalker: 
Sneaker
Trespasser
Cultists: 
Guru
Catastrophes: 
Explosion
Fire
Dimensional: 
Hellish
4
A blessing and a curse...
6
3.04
6
6
1
2
3
Performances
Plot
Ambiance
This film shows Wes Craven’s constant escalation in delivering quality productions without gigantic budgets. This time, he transports us among a religious community where evil lurks. Evil, in this case, is a shadowy figure. Deadly Blessing is a low-key slasher with hints of a supernatural element. It stars a young Sharon Stone and Michael Berryman, namely.
This won’t be anyone’s favorite movie. When you need spiders, snakes and dogs in your script to instigate fear in your audience, you’re revealing a weak poker hand. The setting is perfect for a whodunit slasher and somehow this is not exactly right. When it embraces the subgenre, though, it hits all the right notes. There’s even talk of an incubus possibly doing the killing at some point.
Deadly Blessing is not a perfect movie but it has a unique ambiance. Its flaws are its essence. It’s better than most of Craven’s TV films and it’s an imprint of its time. It is more stressful than scary and it is relatively gory. That being said, it is equally forgettable. When your killer isn’t shown, doesn’t have a M.O., a costume and a tailored weapon, you end up with the bronze medal.
Checklist of Terror 2019: Plausible Menace

Plausible threats, as opposed to supernatural or surreal ones, encompass all menaces whose existence can be or has been proven by science. Here’s a ranked watchlist of 413 plausible horror movies reviewed by film critic Steve Hutchison. How many have you seen?

Checklist of Terror 2019: Supernatural Menace

Supernatural threats, as opposed to plausible or surreal ones, encompass all menaces whose existence cannot be or hasn’t been proven by science. Here’s a ranked watchlist of 1272 supernatural horror movies reviewed by film critic Steve Hutchison. How many have you seen?

Decades of Terror 2019: 1990's Psychological Horror

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing psychological horror films from the 1990’s. Each film is analyzed and discussed with a synopsis and a rating. The movies are ranked from best to worst. How many have you seen?

Decades of Terror 2019: 1980's Psychological Horror

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing psychological horror films from the 1980’s. Each film is analyzed and discussed with a synopsis and a rating. The movies are ranked from best to worst. How many have you seen?

Guess the Horror Movie: 400 Pixelated Puzzles

This book contains 400 puzzles. Guess the name of each horror film based on the pixelated picture, its released year, and its synopsis. Write the title in the boxes below the clues. Puzzles tend to get more difficult as you progress. Answers can be found in the last pages.