Quintessence of Terror: Scary Antagonists 2019

This book contains several horror movie lists sorted by antagonist types. While these movies aren’t the cream of the crop, they are nevertheless considered quintessential. These simple movies were selected by Tales of Terror’s algorithm out of 2000 reviews by horror critic Steve Hutchison. They are not necessarily the best in their category; they’re the ones you probably haven’t seen. They’re the ones begging to be discovered. The goal of this guide is to celebrate the underdogs and to discover hidden gems.

Night Visions

A cop teams up with a psychic to track down a serial killer.

 

United States
1990
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Stalker: 
Sneaker
2
Predictable...
5.04
3.04
6
5.04
1
2
2
Performances
Ambiance
Dialog
Wes Craven's resume deserves better than TV movies, but he needs to pay bills like everyone else. This is one of his worst pictures. It’s about cops that are always in conflict, whether they know each other or not, and whether they like each other or not. Even the newcomer, a psychic woman, gets her share of bullying. It’s a buddy cop film with a spoon-fed police procedural for dummies.
The actors do the best they can with a boring story whose potential is never exploited. The best thing about Night Vision is how stylish the psychic visions are. Aside from those, the execution is rather lazy. We never truly buy that Loryn Locklin's character has magical powers. Neither the script nor the directing are good enough to convince us that she can solve crimes the way she does.
There is a ton of filler in here. It’s too bad those characters are paper thin, because it makes the exposition somewhat useless. We don’t laugh when they do. We’re not scared when they are. We’re not sad, we’re not shocked, but we’re weirded out. Also, why is this film so poorly lit? The ambiance is inexistent. Very cliché, highly predictable, Night Visions is completely forgettable.
Alternate Titles: 
Chameleon Blue
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.