Masters of Terror 2018

This book contains the synopses and reviews of the darkest films in the filmographies of eight legendary masters of terror. The listings are ranked from best to worst.

The ranking of each film is established by the sum of 8 types of ratings:

STARS, GIMMICK, REWATCHABILITY, STORY, CREATIVITY, ACTING, QUALITY and CREEPINESS.

Enjoy!

Ragewar

A wizard sends a computer programmer through seven dimensions.

 

United States
1984
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Anthology
Tale Amount: 
7
Animals: 
Imaginary
Trickster: 
Gamemaster
Catastrophes: 
Collapse
Explosion
Dimensional: 
Teleporter
Unknown
Giant: 
Colossus
Psychics: 
Illusionist
Statues: 
Sculpture
Waxwork
Wizards: 
Evoker
Conjurer
Necromancer

Ice Gallery

The statues of a wax museum come alive and attack a dimension traveller.

Demons of the Dead

A warrior fights the undead.

Heavy Metal

A man visits a night club where an evil heavy metal band is playing.

Stone Canyon Giant

A man battles a giant animated stone statue.

Slasher

A man arrested by the police escapes so he can stop a murderer from killing.

Cave Beast

A beast and a man fight inside a cave.

Desert Pursuit

A race in the desert ends badly for one of two drivers.

4
Tall tales...
8
3.04
5.04
5.04
2
3
2

Ice Gallery

Demons of the Dead

Heavy Metal

Stone Canyon Giant

Slasher

Cave Beast

Desert Pursuit

Pace
Effects
Plot
Ragewar AKA The Dungeonmaster is an unusual science-fiction horror anthology film, in which the wraparound story is more prominent than the segments themselves. The pacing is irregular and we get the impression that the seven creators, one for each segment, didn’t efficiently synchronize their efforts. The end result is heavily flawed but oh so interesting. Here’s a breakdown.
Ice Gallery is about wax statues attacking the protagonist. The second segment, Demons of the Dead, has the hero fighting revenants. Heavy Metal is basically a music video. It’s followed by Stone Canyon Giant. The title says it all. Slasher, one of the most captivating shorts is about a scalpel-wielding murderer. Cave Beast is about, well, a cave beast, and Desert Pursuit reminds us of Mad Max.
The sum of these tales, including the wrap around segment, is much grander than each of the shorts separately. While no short feature is particularly smart, well written or well executed, this film, as a whole, is a fun experience. It’s a mix of Tron, Star Wars, Dungeons & Dragons, The Amicus Portmanteau films and a bunch of more marketable projects done better.
Alternate Titles: 
The Dungeonmaster
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