Icons of Terror 2017: 16 Horror Movie Franchises Featuring Legendary Modern Monsters

The following pages analyze 99 horror films grouped in 16 franchises. These franchises feature an antagonist, or villain, who has been present in all or most films. These antagonists are so iconic that they have, in all cases, generated multiple sequels. All movies contained in this book are rated, ranked and compared to each other.

Aliens

The survivor of a space invasion awakened from stasis by her employer is asked to assist a troop of soldiers in hunting aliens.
United States
United Kingdom
1986
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Fluids: 
Acid
Giant: 
Colossus
Infected: 
Host
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Reaches for the stars!
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Ambiance
Pace
Effects
Ripley, played by returning actress Sigourney Weaver, is offered a promotion if she resumes her nightmare. She accepts, curiously, but for the good of a franchise's birth. This time, her friends have big guns! They are not pencil pushers stuck in space; they're tough soldiers on a kamikaze mission. Aliens is more military and borrows from action flicks, as well as horror and science-fiction.
Everything is bigger, more frantic, rougher. There is sporadically elongated group dialog and the movie has many crowded, elaborate battle scenes. It also behaves like a slasher film, as the support characters meet their end in dark corners. There is plenty of room for character exposition and it significantly pays off when things get tense and out of control as the bodies start piling up.
The players are vivid, cartoonish, superficial but purposely and not more than your average video game character. The effects range from rear projection to puppetry; all taken to gigantic proportions, this time. The detailed sets match those of the original. Elements that were left unexplored the first time around are given a meaning and a purpose. This certainly lives up to the original!
Alternate Titles: 
Alien 2
Alien Part 2
Alien II
Decades of Terror 2019: 1990's Slasher Films

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing slasher 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?

Clowns & Horror

Clowns are performers fond of physical comedy. Some are funny, some are scary. Some love children, some hate them. They are a major archetype of horror movies. In this book, film critic Steve Hutchison reviews and ranks 50 of the best horror movies featuring clowns ever released. How many have you seen?

Decades of Terror 2019: 1980's Slasher Films

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing slasher 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?

Dolls & Horror

Bisques, fetish dolls, plush, ventriloquist dummies, voodoo dolls, worry dolls; dolls come in various shapes and forms. They are a major archetype of horror movies. In this book, film critic Steve Hutchison reviews and ranks 50 of the best horror movies featuring dolls ever released. How many have you seen?

Robots & Horror

Robots are machines capable of carrying complex actions. They can be autonomous or semi-autonomous, they can be cyborgs or androids, and they are often driven by artificial intelligence. They are a major archetype of horror movies. In this book, film critic Steve Hutchison reviews and ranks 50 of the best horror movies featuring robots ever released. How many have you seen?