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.
They write what you know!
In your quest to watch all horror movies made in the 1980’s, you might have missed this. It stars Gabriel Byrne, Julian Sands, and lesser-known actors playing what looks like swingers. They don’t call it that because it seems so organic, but their relationship is pretty kinky. The humor in this is singular but grows on you until you don’t notice it anymore. It take a while to absorb this vibe.
It’s intellectual, tongue-in-cheek, homoerotic and heteroerotic, lavish; it’s not for everyone and it’s hard to sell because it’s hard to label. It’s an anachronic supernatural period piece with theatrical dialogue. The dialogue is usually set up as if to address a live audience. Actors speak loudly and are very expressive; their facial expressions, stances, and movements exaggerated.
This is a gorgeous movie. The set pieces are elegant. The characters start out this way, too, but they become perverted versions of themselves as the plot thickens. Gothic is a mishmash of random ideas and is a fictionalized retelling of the Shelleys' visit to Lord Byron, which led to the writing of “Frankenstein” and “The Vampyre” by Mary Shelley and John Polidori respectively.