Amazing Plausible, Supernatural, and Surreal Horror Films

This book contains 66 reviews of plausible horror films, 66 reviews of supernatural horror films, and 66 reviews of surreal 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. How many have you seen?

Night Terrors

A woman travels to Cairo and becomes unwillingly involved with a sadomasochistic cult.

 

United States
Canada
Egypt
1993
Feature Film
Realism: 
Surreal
Animals: 
Snake
Sadist: 
Rigger
Torturer
Trickster: 
Impostor
4
It hurts so bad it's good...
5.04
4
6
6
1
3
2
Performances
Editing
Ambiance
First, we get a five-minute preamble with Marquis de Sade, played by Robert Englund, getting tortured and mutilated. For a while, thereafter, we go back and forth between the present and the past where Englund plays both de Sade and his descendant, Paul Chevalier. This formula involves Englund almost acting as a narrator, alone in a room, probably too expensive to interact with others.
This is not your typical 1990s movie, but it very much feels like one. The modern architecture, the non-linear story and the fact that it was shot in Egypt are defining factors that help break the mold and avoid stereotypes. Indeed, Night Terror strives to do things differently and it succeeds admirably. It’s extremely stylish but superficial. It looks good but it’s kind of boring.
You get sex, drugs and torture. This is one of Zoe Thrilling’s most honest performances. Englund makes a great Marquis, but he has a hard time dissociating himself from Freddy Krueger. He had the same problem in 1989’s The Phantom of the Opera. Night Terrors is an elegant film, but it’s poorly writtend and edited. Nevertheless, it makes you travel in the comfort of your seat.
Alternate Titles: 
Tobe Hooper's Night Terrors
Nightmare
Tobe Hooper's Nightmare
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