Realms of Terror: Dark Comedies 2019

These are 100 of the best dark comedies, in order of preference. How many have you seen? Reviews and ratings by horror host Steve Hutchison are included.

Scanners III: The Takeover

A woman with psychic abilities becomes hungry for power.

 

United States
Canada
1991
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Dimensional: 
Static
Psychics: 
Hypnotist
Telekinetic
Telepathist
Wizards: 
Evoker
5.04
Laugh your head off!
6
4
6
6
2
3
2
Pace
Plot
Effects
Scanners 3 is so simple minded it makes us feel dumb. The two first films were no masterpieces but they were more mature. The studio wasted no time, after the last installment, and came up with this third one; the same year Part 2 was released. Things start with a big “what the hell” moment so dumb and gratuitous we can’t look away and can’t help but smile.
This is a popcorn movie. It’s a visual disaster but an entertaining one; more entertaining than Part 2, that is. The “scanners” are finally elevated to the state of superheroes. They’re treated like super mutants. What’s more, the psychic gimmick is sporadically being turned into slapstick comedy. What a hilarious mess this movie is, intentionally or not.
Ironically, Scanners 3 is pretty much from the same artists as the previous film. The tone is completely different, though. On top of everything, this flick is a slasher. It is unprecedented, easy on the brain and completely hectic. We get to know the villain more than the hero and it make things exponentially interesting. The creators probably had a blast with this one and we can feel it.
Alternate Titles: 
Scanners 3
Scanners III
Scanners 3: The Takeover
History of Terror 2019: 1900 Bite-Sized Movie Reviews

Included in this book are 1900 bite-sized reviews of horror and horror-adjacent films sorted by release date. The reviews consist of 8 ratings.

Subgenres of Terror, 2nd Edition: Time Travel Films

Included in this book are 40 reviews of horror and horror-adjacent time travel films.

Time travel films focus on the consequences of traveling into the past or the future.

Each book in the second edition of the Subgenres of Terror collection contains a thematic watchlist in which movies are sorted in order of preference.

Subgenres of Terror, 2nd Edition: Musical Films

Included in this book are 40 reviews of horror and horror-adjacent musical films.

Musicals are a genre in which songs sung by the characters are interwoven into the narrative, sometimes accompanied by dancing.

Each book in the second edition of the Subgenres of Terror collection contains a thematic watchlist in which movies are sorted in order of preference.

Subgenres of Terror, 2nd Edition: Torture Films

Included in this book are 80 reviews of horror and horror-adjacent torture films.

In torture films, sadistic violence or torture is a central aspect of the plot.

Each book in the second edition of the Subgenres of Terror collection contains a thematic watchlist in which movies are sorted in order of preference.

Subgenres of Terror, 2nd Edition: Claustrocore Films

Included in this book are 80 reviews of horror and horror-adjacent claustrocore films.

Claustrocore films are about people stuck in one place for most of the running time.

Each book in the second edition of the Subgenres of Terror collection contains a thematic watchlist in which movies are sorted in order of preference.