Anthologies of Terror 2016

This book includes 54 horror anthology film reviews. The movies are sorted in order of preference. The ranking of each film is established by the sum of 7 ratings: stars, gimmick, rewatchability, story, creativity, acting and quality.

Each film description contains a synopsis, a list of attributed genres, pertinent moods, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review.

The Fly

A scientist in love gradually turns into a fly after experimenting with a teleportation method he discovered.
United States
Canada
United Kingdom
1986
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Insects: 
Fly
Dimensional: 
Teleporter
Infected: 
Diseased
Host
Lycanthropy: 
Werefly
8
The teleportation movie that turns into something else!
8
7.04
8
7.04
4
4
4
Performances
Dialog
Effects
The Fly is one of the best body horror movies ever made. As such, it succeeds where most werewolf films failed and features grander effects and make-up. The visuals are astonishingly elaborate and get increasingly disgusting as the story unfolds. The transformation sequence spans over several scenes and the tragedy is deeply felt because the two leads convey a wide range of emotions over time.
Dialog is meticulously calculated. There is an aura of remorse and regrets that the catchy gimmick foreshadows. 1986’s The Fly remakes a 1958 film by the same title that can use the update. The plot is roughly the same, but this one is much scarier and more intense. It is a perfect mix of psychological and physical horror; terrifying, gory, and often both at the same time for maximum shock value.
It is arguably David Cronenberg’s best directorial and screenwriting portfolio piece at this point in his career. Despite its extreme premise, the film is never surreal or complicated. The characters are well-written, natural, compelling. Thriller tropes meet lycanthropy in this instant classic that will surely leave its mark. It is unique and close to perfection on all levels.
Alternate Titles: 
The Fly Remake
David Cronenberg's The Fly
Giants & Horror

Giants are beings of prodigious size and strength common in the mythology and legends of many cultures. 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 giants ever released. How many have you seen?

Decades of Terror 2019: 2000's Slasher Films

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing slasher 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?

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?

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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?