Icons of Terror 2016: 14 Horror Movie Franchises Featuring Legendary Modern Monsters

The following pages analyze 88 horror films grouped in 14 franchises. These franchises feature an antagonist, or villain, who has been present in all or most films. These antagonists are so iconic that they have, in all cases, generated multiple sequels. All movies contained in this book are rated, ranked and compared to each other.

Night of the Living Dead

A group of people chased by zombies take refuge in a vacant house.
Horror for Beginners
United States
1990
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Character Focus: 
Zombie Film
Relative: 
Offspring
Catastrophes: 
Apocalypse
Biohazard
Explosion
Extinction
Famine
Fire
Infestation
Infected: 
Contagious
Irradiated
Diseased
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The franchise that just won't die!
7.04
5.04
6
6
3
4
3
Ambiance
Editing
Effects
Released 22 years after the original, this remake is in color and is rigorously faithful. It’s well cast, well shot and is filled with friendly homages. Every event is a bit more prestigious, more intense, and gorier, with more prosthetics and other generous practical effects. The film gives us a more realistic rendition of the story that created a subgenre: zombies.
They’re not simply extras with cheap make-up anymore. Some of them look putrid or heavily mutilated. The original film was darkly lit, and the black areas where a perfect refuge for the living dead. This one uses abundant realistic lighting most of the time, instead. The photography is interesting and represents the most obvious shift in tone. People feel more real, more “there”.
It uses few locations, few actors, and it doesn't create a filler problem. Time is well spent discovering our characters and making their complex relationships evolve. The same dilemmas are posed, and the story follows its dramatic course as originally written. It is more theatrical, more violent, less emotionally detached and livelier than its predecessor, and is generally a good update.
The Best Giant Movies

Steve Hutchison reviews 50 of the best giant movies. 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?

The Best Alien Movies

Steve Hutchison reviews 50 of the best alien movies. 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?

The Best Zombie Movies

Steve Hutchison reviews 50 of the best zombie movies. 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?

The Best Demon Movies

Steve Hutchison reviews 50 of the best demon movies. 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?

The Best Ghost Movies

Steve Hutchison reviews 50 of the best ghost movies. 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?