Decades of Terror: 1930-2016

Steve Hutchison analyzed horror movie decades between the 1930’s and 2016 and came up with ranked lists.

Each film description contains a synopsis, attributed genres, a list of ambiances involved, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review.

At the end of this book, you will find a list of 500 recommended dark films.

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
Character Focus: 
Demon Film
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
Dialogue
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 dialogue 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
My Movie Reviews

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• Record the movies you see.
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My Nightmare Diary

• Write about your nightmares in this dream diary. Write about places, people, and what scared you. Draw pictures of your nightmares.
• A great notebook to keep at your bedside to record your dreams and analyze them.
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Frankenstein Reviewed: 2020 Edition

Horror critic Steve Hutchison analyzes 39 Frankenstein movies. How many have you seen? Each article includes a synopsis, five different ratings, and a review.

Dracula Reviewed: 2020 Edition

Horror critic Steve Hutchison analyzes 34 Dracula movies. How many have you seen? Each article includes a synopsis, five different ratings, and a review.

Godzilla Reviewed: 2020 Edition

Horror critic Steve Hutchison analyzes the 36 first Godzilla movies. How many have you seen? Each article includes a synopsis, five different ratings, and a review.