The Best Horror Movies

In this book, Steve Hutchison presents 205 of the best horror movies ever made. Each article contains a rating, a synopsis, and a review. The films are ranked according to the sum of eight ratings. How many have you seen?

The Mangler

Employees of a laundering factory believe some of them are being eaten by a giant machine.
United States
Australia
South Africa
1995
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
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Robot Film
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A gear shifting investigation!
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The Mangler instigates fear with its premise, has a striking gimmick, a distinctive threat and features unique antagonists, but doesn't have the story arc or the financial means to make it count. A disposable procedural makes the film harder to sit through than it has to be. The main actors’ talent makes it at least digestible and creates significance where there is none.
The set design is elaborately surreal. The haunted factory’s ambiance carries over to the various external subplots like an omniscient presence. The script doesn't spoon-feed us and is vague on the details of the machine’s motivation and backstory but still lets us in on its mythology to tease us. It is generally well-written but needs to superpose two stories to pull off its running time.
The end result is convoluted, never fully assumed and oddly paced. On the positive side, those looking for fun scares, stylish photography, relatable gore, occasional cheese and everything Stephen King might find The Mangler good enough. Ultimately, the issue with this production is that it hits all the cliched pitfalls its decade is blamed for by horror aficionados.
The Best Giant Movies

Steve Hutchison reviews 50 of the best giant movies. 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?

The Best Alien Movies

Steve Hutchison reviews 50 of the best alien movies. 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?

The Best Zombie Movies

Steve Hutchison reviews 50 of the best zombie movies. 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?

The Best Demon Movies

Steve Hutchison reviews 50 of the best demon movies. 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?

The Best Ghost Movies

Steve Hutchison reviews 50 of the best ghost movies. 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?