Eternity of Terror 2018

This book includes 200 dark movies you’ll want to revisit time and again. These are the most rewatchable dark films reviewed by film critic Steve Hutchison.

Sorted in order of preference and reviewed, each film description contains a synopsis, a list of genres it belongs to, a list of ambiances involved, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review.

These films are not for the squeamish. You have been warned!

The People Under the Stairs

Three burglar break into a house occupied by a dangerous couple and become trapped.
Horror for Beginners

 

United States
1991
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
Animals: 
Dog
Sadist: 
Torturer
Relative: 
Mother
Father
Catastrophes: 
Explosion
7.04
It'll turn you inside out!
6
6
7.04
7.04
4
4
3
Ambiance
Dialogue
Performances
This film works like a charm for the same reasons Goonies did, except that it’s made for an adult audience despite the main protagonist being a kid. The kid is basically stuck within the walls of a giant house owned by psychos. This is written and directed by Wes Craven. It’s one of his most accessible films and is easily overlooked. It’s right up there, in the upper tier of his filmography.
There isn’t really something bad to say about this picture. It’s in its own category. The special effects are strong. The cinematography is outstanding, considering some characters move between the walls. This must have been amusing but challenging to shoot. The actors are excellent and the characters they play are colorful. The villains, especially, are bigger than life.
The People Under the Stairs is atmospheric, tense, exciting, never boring; it is paced intelligently, it’s a crescendo of terror and it’s a damn good horror thriller. The title of the film can be misguiding. There are several layers to this story that make it stand out; that make it unique. In a sea of horror movies, this is the kind of stuff fans tend to come back to. It’s rewatchable. It’s fun.
Alternate Titles: 
Wes Craven's The People Under the Stairs
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