The Worst Horror Movies

In this book, Steve Hutchison presents 76 of the worst horror movies ever made. Each article contains a rating, a synopsis, and a review. The films are ranked according to the sum of eight ratings. How many have you seen?

Near Dark

A man joins a traveling group of vampires after he is turned into one by a drifter.

 

United States
1987
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
6
One for the road!
6
5.04
7.04
7.04
3
3
3
Performances
Plot
Ambiance
Near Dark is representative of its time. It’s not exactly campy and it doesn’t have the catchiest gimmick, but it has a light tone, good pacing and a simple story. The film has its gory moments, but it’s not defined by them. It is a modern vampire movie with a good dose of eccentricity, but it’s also relatively low-key. The Lost Boys was more flamboyant.
The screenplay is not clustered by a million details. The story is linear and there are basically no subplots. We follow one timeline without flashbacks, visions or other annoyances. The vampires, in this, look happy and sedated. The protagonist’s love interest makes bloodsucking appear romantic. A lot of time is spent in vehicles, for no apparent reason, making this a legit road movie.
Throw in a bunch of cops, fire, bar fights, action and some guns, and, all of the sudden, the movie starts crumbling a little passed the halfway mark. It may be that the utopia we were first seduced with is falling apart. Near Dark makes it cool to be a vampire in the 1980’s. It's very accessible. It has an interesting cast including Lance Henriksen and Bill Paxton.
Streaks of Terror 2019: My Favorite Horror Movie Franchises

Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Halloween, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Hellraiser, Child’s Play, Scream, Saw, Alien, Predator, Evil Dead – Film critic Steve Hutchison covers some of his favorite horror movie franchises, providing a synopsis, a review, and ranking all installments.

The Almanac of Terror 2019: 89 Years of Horror Movie Statistics

The following recommendation lists are based on 2000 horror movie reviews. They were extracted from a database and formatted for this book. Tales of Terror (www.terror.ca) is an online “gamified” tool designed for horror fans, students, authors and filmmakers. “Gamification” is the adaptation and transformation of tangible concepts into empirical games. Not unlike sport publications, fantasy leagues and role-playing games, the Almanac of Terror mixes and aggregates different statistics, facts, ratings and opinions. Most of the lists included in this book are sorted from best to worst according to their overall score. Some lists are sorted by pertinence. Our classification method uses genres, subgenres, ambiances and antagonists. Our different ratings are as follows: stars, story, creativity, action, quality, gimmick, and rewatchability. We sometimes use the “creepiness” factor when populating certain lists.

66 All-Japanese Horror Movies

This book contains 66 reviews of horror films written and ranked by critic and blogger Steve Hutchison. Each description includes five ratings (stars, story, creativity, acting, quality), a synopsis and a review. All 66 movies were produced exclusively by Japan. How many have you seen?

Trends of Terror 2019: 101 Horror Movies for Beginners

Have you been recently introduced to horror movies? You want to explore the genre and don’t know where to start? Here are 101 simple and accessible ranked horror movies you should definitely check out. How many have you seen?

66 All-British Horror Movies

This book contains 66 reviews of horror films written and ranked by critic and blogger Steve Hutchison. Each description includes five ratings (stars, story, creativity, acting, quality), a synopsis and a review. All 66 movies were produced exclusively by the United Kingdom. How many have you seen?