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The following reviews were extracted from a database and formatted for this book. Tales of Terror (www.terror.ca) is a “gamified” tool designed for horror fans, students, authors and filmmakers. “Gamification” is the transformation and adaptation of tangible concepts into empirical games. This book covers franchise and public domain horror movies only. This rule ensures that each movie can be logically related and compared to another or grouped by similarity. Movies can therefore be classified, and sorted according to inherent properties.

The Willies

Two brothers and their cousin tell each other spooky stories.
Horror for Beginners

 

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!
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