The Best Written Horror Movies

In this book, Steve Hutchison presents 75 of the best written 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?

The Silence of the Lambs

A FBI recruit interviews an incarcerated cannibal in order to investigate a recent wave of murders.
Horror for Beginners
United States
1991
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
8
You’ll fear him from the bottom of your heart…
6
8
8
8
4
2
4
Dialogue
Pace
Plot
There is good dialogue to be had when a cannibal psychiatrist and a cop meet with both something to win from sharing extended verbal exchanges. The cop can save a life and, in return, the incarcerated serial killer hopes to negotiate his liberty. The performances are confident, calculated and played for maximum tension. This movie perfectly marries thriller and horror, with little room for humor.
While it is technically a slow burn, it doesn't actually feel “slow” because there are two main threats. A large portion of the film happens between the investigator and the cannibal separated by a transparent wall. It sets the tone for deeply felt dialogue. When suspense turns into horror, the gore-goer can expect creative splatter. Nothing here is cheap, but nothing is overdone either.
The writing is smart and stacks many layers on an otherwise simple plot. The true antagonist is the reason behind all its theatrical setup. The second killer, not Hannibal, is kidnapping and skinning victims. Hannibal Lecter is depicted as a genius who can solve riddles and crimes by deduction, and he is the heart of the movie. As a discrete sequel to 1986’s Manhunter, this is a big improvement.
Decades of Terror 2019: 1990's Supernatural Horror

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing supernatural 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 Supernatural Horror

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing supernatural 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?

Apocalyptic War

Two popular subgenres converge. Film critic Steve Hutchison covers 50 excellent apocalyptic war films and ranks them mathematically. A synopsis, five ratings, and a review are provided for each film. How many have you seen?

Monster Invasion

Two popular subgenres converge. Film critic Steve Hutchison covers 50 excellent monster invasion films and ranks them mathematically. A synopsis, five ratings, and a review are provided for each film. How many have you seen?

Whodunit Slashers

Two popular subgenres converge. Film critic Steve Hutchison covers 50 excellent whodunit slashers and ranks them mathematically. A synopsis, five ratings, and a review are provided for each film. How many have you seen?