Legacy of Terror 2019

This book contains the reviews of 100 sequels, 20 prequels and 60 remakes.

For each category, installments are sorted in order of preference. The ranking of each film is established by the sum of 8 types of ratings: stars, gimmick, rewatchability, story, creativity, acting, quality and creepiness.

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

The Willies

Two brothers and their cousin tell each other spooky stories.

 

United States
1990
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Anthology
Kid Friendly
Tale Amount: 
2
Insects: 
Fly
Relative: 
Mother
Father
Giant: 
Golem

Bad Apples

A bullied boy confronts a monster that hides inside his school's bathroom.

Flyboy

A boy develops an obsession for house flies.

5.04
Not for cowards!
8
5.04
5.04
6
3
4
3

Bad Apples

Flyboy

Effects
Performances
Pace
In The Willies, two brothers and their cousin tell each other scary stories inside a tent at night. They start off with three quick urban legends to set the mood. Then, ten minutes in, they get to the two main segments of the anthology. Segment one is every bullied teenager’s wet dream; a tale about a vengeful toilet monster you won’t soon forget. Segment two is about a boy obsessed with flies.
Most characters are children or tweens. The target audience is young, so the gore is minimal but it’s there. The editing is botched, the acting is horrendous, there are serious pacing issues, the dialogue is pretty bad and the morales of the segments are highly questionable, but the film is somehow entertaining regardless. In the end, these feel like adaptations of horror novellas for teenagers.
Sometimes a thriller, sometimes repugnant, sometimes a monster movie and sometimes a comedy, The Willies never really finds its tone. It doesn’t even manage to remain politically correct and can hardly be recommended to kids. Mutants strangle teenagers, teachers piss blood, revenants get dismembered and parents give up on raising their psychotic child. It’s all in here, kiddos!
Realms of Terror: Horror-Adjacent 2019

Included in this book are 141 reviews of horror-adjacent films. Horror-adjacent films are mixes of comedy, drama, adventure, action, thriller, fantasy, and science fiction. They are dark enough to entertain horror movie fans but can’t exactly be called horror. How many have you seen?

Decades of Terror 2019: 1990's Monster Films

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing monster 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?

Christmas Horror Watchlist 2019

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but this list is so delightful. And since you’ve no place to go, here are 60 ranked reviews of Christmas-themed horror movies. Ho, ho, ho! This year, get ready for the horrorthon of a lifetime! Naughty or nice?

Halloween Horror Watchlist 2019

An excellent way to celebrate All Hallows' Eve all through October, this book contains 53 ranked reviews of Halloween-themed horror movies. This year, get ready for the horrorthon of a lifetime!

Trends of Terror 2019: 150 Movies So Bad They’re Good

I hope you like cheese. This book is full of it. In this edition of Trends of Terror, film critic Steve Hutchison reviews 150 horror and horror-adjacent movies so bad they’re good, sorted from best to worst. How many have you seen?