Subgenres of Terror 2016: 30 Best Procedural 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.

The Evil Dead

Teenagers partying in a cabin in the woods become possessed by demons.
Horror for Beginners
United States
1981
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Dimensional: 
Hellish
Reflection
Infected: 
Contagious
Cursed
Host
Plant: 
Tree
Root
Object: 
Book
Writing: 
Franchise Original
Franchise Remake
8
The blood, sweat and tears of geniuses!
8
6
5.04
6
4
4
4
Effects
Dialog
Plot
The Evil Dead is everything a horror movie fan can wish for. It is also the ideal place to start for the uninitiated. Contrary to most films of its genre, it never relies on filler and barely exposes its protagonists. It makes its way to the trigger event quickly and soon plunges the story into somewhat of an extended third act. It’s frightening, engaging, it’s a little bit funny and very gory.
Some camera shots used have never been seen before and rely on creative rigs that director and writer Sam Raimi pulled out of a hat. His magic doesn't stop there. He gathered the right crew to produce a combination of claymation, latex, animal viscera and make-up that looks nothing like other films of the early decade. This is a good example of accessible experimental cinema.
Take The Exorcist, inject a generous dose of franticness, crank the violence to a maximum, get rid of the dialog and you get this superficial gem! The Evil Dead is flawed when it comes to special effects, but they involve such unique cinematographic innovations that they are genuinely disorienting and terrifying, regardless. It is the quintessential horror movie and one of the best ever made.
Alternate Titles: 
Evil Dead
Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead
Book of the Dead
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.