Lycanthropes & Horror

Lycanthropes are humans with the ability to shapeshift into animals. 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 lycanthropes ever released. How many have you seen?

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.
Horror for Beginners
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
Dialogue
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
Streaks of Terror 2019: My Favorite Horror Movie Franchises

Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Halloween, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Hellraiser, Child’s Play, Scream, Saw, Alien, Predator, Evil Dead – Film critic Steve Hutchison covers some of his favorite horror movie franchises, providing a synopsis, a review, and ranking all installments.

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?