Faces of Terror 2017

This book presents 64 types of antagonists. Short lists of horror or horror-adjacent movies featuring these antagonists are suggested. The movies are ranked in order of preference. The antagonists are divided in five categories: viscera, society, science, folklore and afterlife.

Each film description contains a synopsis and a star rating.

Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toy Maker

A toy maker and his son design a collection of evil toys to kill kids on Christmas.
So Bad It's Good
United States
1991
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Festivity: 
Christmas
Stalker: 
Sneaker
Trespasser
Trickster: 
Lurer
Robot: 
Artificial Intelligence
Legend: 
Myth
Toys: 
Toy Robot
Wizards: 
Evoker
Transmuter
4
Feels like Christmas morning!
8
4
6
5.04
2
4
3
Effects
Pace
Plot
This shameless franchise has known more downs than ups. With the inclusion of a still wobbly Part 5, it keeps spiraling downward despite instigating great concepts. Like the last two movies, this one contains strong supernatural elements. In fact, it uses the Christmas gimmick more quintessentially than its predecessor did. Every Holiday cliché is used in a creative way to either scare or kill.
Overall, this is more than a decent slasher. Many clever practical effects are used to animate the possessed toys. They move and kill much like robotic insects would. Contrary to most previous installments, the actors make an otherwise ludicrous story feel plausible, overcoming one of the major ball and chain of the past: overacting.
Photography was a recurring weakness, too. This is the best looking sequel so far. It’s creepy, cheesy and fun; simultaneously or sporadically. The main protagonist is a child and his part is handled well. Most performers appear natural enough to carry a good but flawed script. This is the best of the five movies, but it won’t generate a cult following. It’s not bad enough to mark the audience.
Alternate Titles: 
Silent Night, Deadly Night: The Toy Maker
Silent Night, Deadly Night V: The Toy Maker
Silent Night, Deadly Night 5
Silent Night, Deadly Night V
Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 5
Silent Night, Deadly Night Part V
Checklist of Terror 2019: Plausible Menace

Plausible threats, as opposed to supernatural or surreal ones, encompass all menaces whose existence can be or has been proven by science. Here’s a ranked watchlist of 413 plausible horror movies reviewed by film critic Steve Hutchison. How many have you seen?

Checklist of Terror 2019: Supernatural Menace

Supernatural threats, as opposed to plausible or surreal ones, encompass all menaces whose existence cannot be or hasn’t been proven by science. Here’s a ranked watchlist of 1272 supernatural horror movies reviewed by film critic Steve Hutchison. How many have you seen?

Decades of Terror 2019: 1990's Psychological Horror

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Decades of Terror 2019: 1980's Psychological Horror

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing psychological horror films from the 1980’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?

Guess the Horror Movie: 400 Pixelated Puzzles

This book contains 400 puzzles. Guess the name of each horror film based on the pixelated picture, its released year, and its synopsis. Write the title in the boxes below the clues. Puzzles tend to get more difficult as you progress. Answers can be found in the last pages.