The following recommendation lists are based on 2000 horror movie reviews. They were extracted from a database and formatted for this book. Tales of Terror (www.terror.ca) is an online “gamified” tool designed for horror fans, students, authors and filmmakers. “Gamification” is the adaptation and transformation of tangible concepts into empirical games. Not unlike sport publications, fantasy leagues and role-playing games, the Almanac of Terror mixes and aggregates different statistics, facts, ratings and opinions. Most of the lists included in this book are sorted from best to worst according to their overall score. Some lists are sorted by pertinence. Our classification method uses genres, subgenres, ambiances and antagonists. Our different ratings are as follows: stars, story, creativity, action, quality, gimmick, and rewatchability. We sometimes use the “creepiness” factor when populating certain lists.
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The Ghost and the Darkness is a fictionalized account of two lions that attacked and killed workers in Kenya. While it may sound like a banality, as it turns out, screenwriter William Goldman makes it worth our while. Stephen Hopkins, the director, makes us travel in the comfort of our seats straight to Africa where our protagonists are much needed.
I’d like to bring to your attention this little film because it explores some of the most basic fears humans have when subtracted from their safe space. It’s a simple story, it’s slow-paced, it’s beautiful, and it’s ugly. It probably wasn’t hard to convince Val Kilmer to play the lead. He loves Africa. That said, he’s a little stiff. Michael Douglas seems more comfortable and plays a support role.
So, the locals call lions ghosts, and see them as demons, in fact. We can relate, but only to an extent. The film crew tried their best to show both the lions and the actors in the same frame, and the illusion only works half the time. This must’ve been a painful experience. There are signs of struggle everywhere. All in all, though, I had a blast with this movie.