Trends of Terror 2019: 58 Big Plot Twists

A plot twist is a literary technique that introduces a radical change in the direction or expected outcome of the plot in a work of fiction. In this edition of Trends of Terror, film critic Steve Hutchison reviews 58 horror and horror-adjacent movies with big plot twists sorted from best to worst. 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.
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
Dialog
Pace
Plot
There is good dialog 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 dialog. 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 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.

Amazing Plausible, Supernatural, and Surreal Horror Films

This book contains 66 reviews of plausible horror films, 66 reviews of supernatural horror films, and 66 reviews of surreal 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. How many have you seen?

66 Amazing Surreal Horror Films

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 present a surreal threat. How many have you seen?