The following recommendation lists are based on 2000 horror movie reviews. They were extracted from a database and formatted for this book. Tales of Terror (www.terror.ca) is an online “gamified” tool designed for horror fans, students, authors and filmmakers. “Gamification” is the adaptation and transformation of tangible concepts into empirical games. Not unlike sport publications, fantasy leagues and role-playing games, the Almanac of Terror mixes and aggregates different statistics, facts, ratings and opinions. Most of the lists included in this book are sorted from best to worst according to their overall score. Some lists are sorted by pertinence. Our classification method uses genres, subgenres, ambiances and antagonists. Our different ratings are as follows: stars, story, creativity, action, quality, gimmick, and rewatchability. We sometimes use the “creepiness” factor when populating certain lists.
Someone got cold feet...
Deeply buried in this mess is a nice concept that never really pays off. Blame it on laziness, blame it on TV movie compromises; from beginning to end, this is a pretty bad film. It’s about a cryogenized man awakened early who isn’t who he once was. It’s more a thriller than a horror movie, contrary to what you might presume from the title. It’s incredibly slow and sleep-inducing.
This movie is so poorly rendered that the plot is incomprehensible if you’re not devoted. Diversions are everywhere. The dialogue is embarassing. The photography is disgusting. The camera work is disorienting. The editing is shamelessly neglected and the acting is barely passable. It’s hard to believe Wes Craven directed this garbage. It starts badly and never gets better.
Chiller is a glorified soap opera and the only good thing about it is its darkness. Sadly, it’s the kind of film that always cuts to a weaker scene when things get interesting. It constantly holds back. Blame censorship or the CBS network, where it originally aired; this is one of Wes Craven’s worst pictures. The story’s only redeeming quality is that it’s about a special kind of revenant.