Anthologies of Terror 2017

This book includes 63 horror anthology film reviews. The movies are sorted in order of preference. The ranking of each film is established by the sum of 7 ratings: stars, gimmick, rewatchability, story, creativity, acting and quality.

Each film description contains a synopsis, a list of attributed genres, pertinent moods, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review.

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.
Giants & Horror

Giants are beings of prodigious size and strength common in the mythology and legends of many cultures. They are a major archetype of horror movies. In this book, film critic Steve Hutchison reviews and ranks 50 of the best horror movies featuring giants ever released. How many have you seen?

Decades of Terror 2019: 2000's Slasher Films

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing slasher films from the 2000’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: 1990's Slasher Films

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing slasher 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?

Clowns & Horror

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Decades of Terror 2019: 1980's Slasher Films

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing slasher 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?