Icons of Terror 2017: 16 Horror Movie Franchises Featuring Legendary Modern Monsters

The following pages analyze 99 horror films grouped in 16 franchises. These franchises feature an antagonist, or villain, who has been present in all or most films. These antagonists are so iconic that they have, in all cases, generated multiple sequels. All movies contained in this book are rated, ranked and compared to each other.

Child's Play 3

A teenager joins a military college where he suspects he was found by a possessed doll that tormented him as a child.
United States
United Kingdom
1991
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Stalker: 
Sneaker
Trespasser
Cultists: 
Worshipper
Dolls: 
Dolly
Wizards: 
Voodoo Sorcerer
Possessor
Writing: 
Characters: 
Franchise Sequel
6
They brought a doll into a gun fight!
8
6
6
7.04
4
4
4
Effects
Dialog
Plot
Chucky, now a full slasher icon, finds a new child to transpose his soul into. His previous victim, Andy, is recast by an older actor. More than ever, the kills are played for a laugh at the sound of Chucky cackling. This one is much closer in tone to the sequel than to the original because the doll is fully shown and lit. He can still pull a shiver, but he’s getting harder to take seriously.
We, again, see a lot of the animated wonder that is Chucky. We care less about Andy, the newly targeted kid and the rest of the military college, probably because the actors are weaker, not as well scripted and not so precisely directed. We do get an injected teenage love story, something never attempted in the franchise but a trope of pretty much every other slasher.
If you accept to trade chills for fun, cheese and one-liners, Child’s Play 3 might meet most of your expectations. Sure, it’s the laziest in the trilogy, takes a couple of shortcuts when it needs to move its characters from one place to another, and the finale is implausibly rushed, but as long as you suspend disbelief, you should enjoy yourself. If animatronics don’t do it, the body count will.
Alternate Titles: 
Child's Play 3
Child's Play Part 3
Child's Play III
Chucky 3
Chucky Part 3
Decades of Terror 2019: 2000's Horror Movies

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing horror 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?

Shark Week 2019

Sharks can be giant, mutated, metallic, or prehistoric. Some of them live in tornadoes, some in the snow. Sharks are our friends, except when they’re hungry, which they usually are. If you show signs of weakness or aggression, you will be attacked. If you bleed, you will be attacked. Shark Week is the time of the year when you do not want to be swimming with sharks. In this book, I review 64 shark movies ranked from worst to decent. If you watch them in order, they will only get better.

Best of Terror 2019: Top 300 Horror Movies

The following recommendations are the best 15% of 1900 horror and horror-adjacent movies reviewed by Steve Hutchison. Movies are sorted according to the average of various ratings: overall, story, creativity, acting, quality, and rewatchability. How many have you seen?

Checklist of Terror 2019: Scientific Villains

This book contains ranked checklists of movies with aliens, giants, invaders, mutants, parasites, robots, dimensional beings, hybrids, infected people, invisible people, machines, and otherness. How many have you seen?

Decades of Terror 2019: 1990's Horror Movies

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing 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?