Faces of Terror 2018

This book presents 64 types of antagonists. Short lists of horror or horror-adjacent movies featuring these antagonists are suggested. The movies are ranked in order of preference. The antagonists are divided in five categories: viscera, society, science, folklore and afterlife.

Each film description contains a synopsis and a star rating.

Ghosthouse

The ghost of a child triggers an investigation.

 

Italy
1988
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Animals: 
Dog
Catastrophes: 
Collapse
Earthquake
Dimensional: 
Static
Fluids: 
Ooze
Clown: 
Buffoon
Dolls: 
Dolly
Writing: 
Additional Dialog: 
Story: 
Franchise Original
Franchise Sequel
5.04
A house of cards...
6
4
6
6
3
3
3
Crazy Hillbilly? Check! Creepy clown doll? Check! Creepy ghost of a child? Check! An illegitimate connection to Evil Dead? Check! 1980s hidden gem? Check! Started a franchise? You bet it did. Ghosthouse is not necessarily anyone’s first reference when it comes to ghost films, but it is a competent one. It is creepy as hell and is well put together by skilled artists.
The script contains a bunch of threats and mostly lets us figure things out for ourselves for the first half, before taking us by the hand and laying out the different antagonists. A boring investigation takes care of that. This film constantly uses the ghost of a child and her clown doll to creep us out. The doll recites “a telepathic message” that will send a shiver down your spine every time.
This movie would be more enthralling if it didn’t constantly lose grip on its main tangent. We’re investigating a ghost, a murder, a coroner and a radio signal, but we’re not where the horror is. The haunted house is what we care about and it's not prominent enough. This is the only big problem with Ghosthouse. You'll have a good time otherwise.
Alternate Titles: 
La casa 3
History of Terror 2019: 1900 Bite-Sized Movie Reviews

Included in this book are 1900 bite-sized reviews of horror and horror-adjacent films sorted by release date. The reviews consist of 8 ratings.

Subgenres of Terror, 2nd Edition: Time Travel Films

Included in this book are 40 reviews of horror and horror-adjacent time travel films.

Time travel films focus on the consequences of traveling into the past or the future.

Each book in the second edition of the Subgenres of Terror collection contains a thematic watchlist in which movies are sorted in order of preference.

Subgenres of Terror, 2nd Edition: Musical Films

Included in this book are 40 reviews of horror and horror-adjacent musical films.

Musicals are a genre in which songs sung by the characters are interwoven into the narrative, sometimes accompanied by dancing.

Each book in the second edition of the Subgenres of Terror collection contains a thematic watchlist in which movies are sorted in order of preference.

Subgenres of Terror, 2nd Edition: Torture Films

Included in this book are 80 reviews of horror and horror-adjacent torture films.

In torture films, sadistic violence or torture is a central aspect of the plot.

Each book in the second edition of the Subgenres of Terror collection contains a thematic watchlist in which movies are sorted in order of preference.

Subgenres of Terror, 2nd Edition: Claustrocore Films

Included in this book are 80 reviews of horror and horror-adjacent claustrocore films.

Claustrocore films are about people stuck in one place for most of the running time.

Each book in the second edition of the Subgenres of Terror collection contains a thematic watchlist in which movies are sorted in order of preference.