Years of Terror 2016: 180 Horror Movie Recommendations, 36 Years of Pure Terror

This book contains 180 horror movie reviews; five of the best releases for each year between 1980 and 2016. Each film description contains a synopsis, a list of attributed genres, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review.

Spontaneous Combustion

A man who can start fire with his mind finds out that his parents had been used in an atomic-weapons experiment shortly before he was born.

 

United States
1990
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Babies: 
Newborn
Relative: 
Offspring
Catastrophes: 
Biohazard
Fire
4
Brad Dourif on fire!
6
4
6
6
2
3
2
Performances
Plot
Effects
At its worst, Spontaneous Combustion looks and feels like a generic made-for-TV movie. At its best, passed the halfway mark, it is a poor man’s Stephen King’s Firestarter. Brad Dourif gives a good performance, but he struggles with a strange character. The casting isn’t all that, yet he’s the only reason we give a damn. His presence makes this film comfortable at best.
The script goes in strange places while hardly reaching its milestones. It is monotone, anticlimactic and tasteless. It has no build-up. It has great special effects, though, especially when it comes to fire ignition. The story is kind of dumb but we roll with it because this is what horror movies are, right? The shark is jumped several times, leaving us continuously confused.
When your main protagonist is a psychic, there’s a good chance your villain works for the government or is from some greedy scientific corporation. You know the drill. You know how this starts and, probably, how it ends, too. Spontaneous Combustion was written on auto-pilot but well executed. Somebody had to come up with a movie about this strange phenomenon and Tobe Hooper stepped forward.
Checklist of Terror 2019: Plausible Menace

Plausible threats, as opposed to supernatural or surreal ones, encompass all menaces whose existence can be or has been proven by science. Here’s a ranked watchlist of 413 plausible horror movies reviewed by film critic Steve Hutchison. How many have you seen?

Checklist of Terror 2019: Supernatural Menace

Supernatural threats, as opposed to plausible or surreal ones, encompass all menaces whose existence cannot be or hasn’t been proven by science. Here’s a ranked watchlist of 1272 supernatural horror movies reviewed by film critic Steve Hutchison. How many have you seen?

Decades of Terror 2019: 1990's Psychological Horror

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing psychological horror 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?

Decades of Terror 2019: 1980's Psychological Horror

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing psychological horror 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?

Guess the Horror Movie: 400 Pixelated Puzzles

This book contains 400 puzzles. Guess the name of each horror film based on the pixelated picture, its released year, and its synopsis. Write the title in the boxes below the clues. Puzzles tend to get more difficult as you progress. Answers can be found in the last pages.