Subgenres of Terror 2016: 30 Best Invasion 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 Doctor and the Devils

Grave robbers supply a doctor with bodies to test on.

 

United States
United Kingdom
1985
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
4
Dead serious...
2
3.04
7.04
6
1
1
2
Performances
Pace
Photography
The Doctor and the Devils is based upon the true story of Burke and Hare, who murdered a bunch of people and sold their bodies for anatomical dissection in 1828 Edinburgh, Scotland. This should send shivers down your spine, as the plot thickens, but it doesn’t exactly turn out that way. The film is dead serious and doesn’t have an ounce of fantasy, let alone horror.
It’s a period piece that looks like it was made in the 1960’s or 1970’s. It was directed by Freddie Francis. Need I say more? Give the man an award, but don’t give him a 1980’s horror movie to direct. He does one thing and he does it magnificently. He’s all about architecture, texture, the color brown, but his style isn’t intimate. The script is competent, but it’s cold. It’s impersonal.
Timothy Dalton, Patrick Stewart and Julian Sands underplay, yet you can’t ignore their presence. Surely, if they approved this screenplay, it must have something interesting to offer. Despite a weak gimmick, The Doctor and the Devils has a compelling story. If you don’t mind extensive dialogue and slow pacing, and if you eat period pieces for breakfast, then by all means try this.
Decades of Terror 2019: 2000's Horror Movies

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing horror films from the 2000’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?

Shark Week 2019

Sharks can be giant, mutated, metallic, or prehistoric. Some of them live in tornadoes, some in the snow. Sharks are our friends, except when they’re hungry, which they usually are. If you show signs of weakness or aggression, you will be attacked. If you bleed, you will be attacked. Shark Week is the time of the year when you do not want to be swimming with sharks. In this book, I review 64 shark movies ranked from worst to decent. If you watch them in order, they will only get better.

Best of Terror 2019: Top 300 Horror Movies

The following recommendations are the best 15% of 1900 horror and horror-adjacent movies reviewed by Steve Hutchison. Movies are sorted according to the average of various ratings: overall, story, creativity, acting, quality, and rewatchability. How many have you seen?

Checklist of Terror 2019: Scientific Villains

This book contains ranked checklists of movies with aliens, giants, invaders, mutants, parasites, robots, dimensional beings, hybrids, infected people, invisible people, machines, and otherness. How many have you seen?

Decades of Terror 2019: 1990's Horror Movies

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing 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?