Years of Terror 2018: 195 Horror Movie Recommendations, 39 Years of Pure Terror

This book contains 195 horror and horror-adjacent movie reviews; five of the best releases for each year between 1980 and 2018. Each film description contains a synopsis, a list of attributed genres, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review.

Beyond Darkness

A minister and his wife move into a haunted house.

 

Italy
1990
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Dimensional: 
Hellish
Object: 
Radio
Toys: 
Rocking Horse
3.04
How dark can this get?
6
3.04
6
6
1
2
2
Effects
Plot
Ambiance
If you can look passed two children who can’t act and whose personalities are amplified by dramatic zooms and dollies, then you just might make it through the first act of this thing. This is the second sequel of a small film called Ghosthouse, but the story is in no way related. Beyond Darkness contains several frightening scenes but they are disjointed, leaving the audience generally unaffected.
The ambient score is not always appropriate. It lasts too long or starts too early to make us care. The constant intervention of the clergy puts his movie on a one-noted track it never leaves, for better or worse. Some people enjoy spirituality in their horror films, some hate it. For one thing, the priests lead us to believe we’re dealing with demons rather than ghosts or revenants.
In a nutshell, this is a family horror drama combined with the structure of an exorcism film. In fact, the last act totally rips off 1973’s The Exorcist. This film hits and misses. It’s a collection of cool ideas that don’t do well once assembled. It’s a bunch of cliches that remind us of much better productions. The ghosts talk too much, the humans overact. Things are a little messy indeed...
Alternate Titles: 
La casa 5
House 5
The Almanac of Terror 2019: 89 Years of Horror Movie Statistics

The following recommendation lists are based on 2000 horror movie reviews. They were extracted from a database and formatted for this book. Tales of Terror (www.terror.ca) is an online “gamified” tool designed for horror fans, students, authors and filmmakers. “Gamification” is the adaptation and transformation of tangible concepts into empirical games. Not unlike sport publications, fantasy leagues and role-playing games, the Almanac of Terror mixes and aggregates different statistics, facts, ratings and opinions. Most of the lists included in this book are sorted from best to worst according to their overall score. Some lists are sorted by pertinence. Our classification method uses genres, subgenres, ambiances and antagonists. Our different ratings are as follows: stars, story, creativity, action, quality, gimmick, and rewatchability. We sometimes use the “creepiness” factor when populating certain lists.

66 All-Japanese Horror Movies

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 were produced exclusively by Japan. How many have you seen?

Trends of Terror 2019: 101 Horror Movies for Beginners

Have you been recently introduced to horror movies? You want to explore the genre and don’t know where to start? Here are 101 simple and accessible ranked horror movies you should definitely check out. How many have you seen?

66 All-British Horror Movies

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 were produced exclusively by the United Kingdom. How many have you seen?

66 All-American Horror Movies

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 were produced exclusively by the United States. How many have you seen?