The Almanac of Terror 2017: 87 Years of Horror Movie Statistics

The Almanac of Terror mixes and aggregates different statistics on horror and horror-adjacent movies. Most of the lists included in this book are sorted according to their overall score.

Our classification method combines genres, subgenres, ambiances and antagonists. Our different ratings are: stars, story, creativity, action, quality, creepiness and rewatchability.

Scanners II: The New Order

A crooked police commissioner schemes to gain control of a major city by manipulating psychics.

 

Canada
1991
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Stalker: 
Thief
Trespasser
Psychics: 
Hypnotist
Medium
Telekinetic
Telepathist
Wizards: 
Evoker
5.04
A head-scratcher
6
3.04
7.04
6
2
3
3
Effects
Pace
Plot
Scanners was a product of the early 1980’s. Scanners 2 gets released exactly ten years later. The question is: can this concept stand the test of time? Well, time is not the issue, here. If Scanners 2 was more action-oriented and not so vocal, we just might have a good sequel. The quality is there. The cinematography is not bad. The problem is with the characters, the dialog and the story.
Scanners 2 is sleep-inducing. It has a beginning, an end but a weak middle part. There’s nothing awful about it. It’s just never up close and personal with the characters. It should be a horror film about psychics and, instead, it puts most of its focus on a government conspiracy that, in all honesty, isn’t all that interesting. The bad guys are cliches. They are predictable. They are boring.
The last act is everything I wish this movie was. You get physical stunts, car stunts, psychic duels, tough talk, a lot of practical effects, boiling water to the face. You even get a whole new twist to the scanner ability. If Scanners 2 was nothing more than an extended version of its last third, it would have been a totally different ball game. Maybe what we need is another sequel. Or maybe not.
Alternate Titles: 
Scanners 2
Scanners II
Scanners 2: The New Order
66 All-Canadian 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 Canada. How many have you seen?

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

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Decades of Terror 2019: 1990's Psychological Horror

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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?