Taboos of Terror 2018: Shock, Sex & Terror

This book contains 160 horror movie reviews. These movies all contain shock, sex and gore. The reviews are sorted in order of preference. The ranking of each production is established by the sum of 7 types of ratings: stars, gimmick, rewatchability, story, creativity, acting & quality. Each film description contains a synopsis, a list of attributed genres, moods, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review. These films are not for the squeamish. You have been warned!

Poltergeist

A suburban family's home becomes infested with ghosts.
Horror for Beginners
United States
1982
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Catastrophes: 
Earthquake
Tornado
Storm
Dimensional: 
Spirit
Teleporter
Static
Unknown
Giant: 
Colossus
Plant: 
Tree
Clown: 
Buffoon
Dolls: 
Dolly
Psychics: 
Illusionist
Telekinetic
Toys: 
Figurine
8
It will haunt you!
8
7.04
7.04
7.04
3
4
4
Performances
Dialog
Effects
Few ghost movies are this marketable, complete and polyvalent; containing taboos, scares and gore, yet available to adults and younger audiences alike. It is also convincing when relying on psychological horror. Ultimately, the fear of the unknown is what it focuses on. It makes you go through a wide range of emotions in between its terrifying key scenes, borrowing from many genres.
The cast is relatively limited. The actors are intense and can convey both humor and terror. The dialog feels natural, when not purposely surreal. A character is injected late in the script to bring fantasy, spirituality and hope to a film otherwise much darker. The dynamic between scientists, believers and the family gives you a false sense of security that it can take away at any time.
The effects in Poltergeist sometimes reveal color key artifact, but the grain and technological limitations create a unique cinematographic signature. The major scenes are big and loud, and those flaws are soon forgiven, considering how much is thrown at the viewer. The directing, the editing and the score are an immersing torrent that truly adds to the ambiance.
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.