Quintessence of Terror: Scary Antagonists 2019

This book contains several horror movie lists sorted by antagonist types. While these movies aren’t the cream of the crop, they are nevertheless considered quintessential. These simple movies were selected by Tales of Terror’s algorithm out of 2000 reviews by horror critic Steve Hutchison. They are not necessarily the best in their category; they’re the ones you probably haven’t seen. They’re the ones begging to be discovered. The goal of this guide is to celebrate the underdogs and to discover hidden gems.

Brainscan

A teenager plays an interactive video game where he kills innocent victims.
So Bad It's Good

 

United States
Canada
United Kingdom
1994
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Animals: 
Dog
Trickster: 
Gamemaster
Prankster
Dimensional: 
Spirit
Teleporter
Nightmare
Static
Unknown
Psychics: 
Illusionist
Hypnotist
Medium
Telekinetic
Wizards: 
Evoker
6
Brain candy!
7.04
5.04
7.04
7.04
3
4
3
Ambiance
Dialogue
Plot
Neighbor stalker Edward Furlong becomes a full-fledged stalker when he enters a virtual reality game that just wasn’t possible in 1994, nor will it be for another century, making this a science-fiction. Give it a sinister twist and you end up with a one-of-a-kind horror sci-fi. When Furlong enters the other world, we see his murders in first person view. Yes, killing innocents is how it's played.
Had the creators played their cards right, Trickster, the pseudo villain, could’ve been the next Freddy Krueger. In fact, Frank Langella’s character is the real antagonist, here. He’s a detective and he’s tailing Furlong’s character. Brainscan is not the kind of film that ages well because it relies a lot on technology. CDs, computers, videophones; you get it all.
The film progresses in six alternating stages: Furlong chilling, Furlong playing the game, Furlong and Trickster, Furlong and the detective, Furlong and his crush and Furlong and his angry best friend. We rotate, like this, until all arcs find their resolution. This pattern creates no pacing issues. There is always something interesting happening despite the silly premise.
Decades of Terror 2019: 1990's Supernatural Horror

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing supernatural horror films from the 1990’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?

Decades of Terror 2019: 1980's Supernatural Horror

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing supernatural 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?

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Monster Invasion

Two popular subgenres converge. Film critic Steve Hutchison covers 50 excellent monster invasion films and ranks them mathematically. A synopsis, five ratings, and a review are provided for each film. How many have you seen?

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Two popular subgenres converge. Film critic Steve Hutchison covers 50 excellent whodunit slashers and ranks them mathematically. A synopsis, five ratings, and a review are provided for each film. How many have you seen?