This book contains 100 reviews. These are some of the scariest horror movies in history. The reviews are sorted in order of preference. The ranking of each film is determined by the sum of 7 ratings: stars, gimmick, rewatchability, story, creativity, acting & quality. Each film description contains a synopsis, a list of attributed genres, moods evoked, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review. These films are not for the squeamish. You have been warned!
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.