School of Terror 2019: 49 Gateways to Horror

The films described in this book are perfect for children and teenagers with a fascination for horror movies. They contain very little violence, coarse language and nudity, if any.

The reviews are sorted in order of preference. The ranking 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, emotions, eight ratings and a three-paragraph review.

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
Realms of Terror: Horror-Adjacent 2019

Included in this book are 141 reviews of horror-adjacent films. Horror-adjacent films are mixes of comedy, drama, adventure, action, thriller, fantasy, and science fiction. They are dark enough to entertain horror movie fans but can’t exactly be called horror. How many have you seen?

Decades of Terror 2019: 1990's Monster Films

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing monster 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?

Christmas Horror Watchlist 2019

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but this list is so delightful. And since you’ve no place to go, here are 60 ranked reviews of Christmas-themed horror movies. Ho, ho, ho! This year, get ready for the horrorthon of a lifetime! Naughty or nice?

Halloween Horror Watchlist 2019

An excellent way to celebrate All Hallows' Eve all through October, this book contains 53 ranked reviews of Halloween-themed horror movies. This year, get ready for the horrorthon of a lifetime!

Trends of Terror 2019: 150 Movies So Bad They’re Good

I hope you like cheese. This book is full of it. In this edition of Trends of Terror, film critic Steve Hutchison reviews 150 horror and horror-adjacent movies so bad they’re good, sorted from best to worst. How many have you seen?