This book contains 50 reviews of horror movies shot in black and white. The reviews are sorted from the last position to the first one. The ranking of each production is established by the sum of 7 ratings: stars, gimmick, rewatchability, story, creativity, acting & quality. Each film description contains a synopsis, a list of attributed genres, emotions evoked, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review.
Terror a head...
This is one of Full Moon's best pictures. It’s not as flamboyant as Puppetmaster or Demonic Toy, but it has Charles Band’s signature all over it. If you didn’t know this is a movie about a twisted mutant family, you’d initially think it’s about small-town criminals. The family members are an odd casting, even for oddballs. There’s the smart one, the strong one, the charmer and the hypersentient.
There’s the gimmick and then there are subplots; all the pieces of the puzzle are equally interesting and they converge around the halfway mark. Not that this film is particularly brilliant, but it handles character exposition interestingly. Everyone in this story is despicable. It takes a while to figure out who the protagonists are, but they’re not good guys. It’s hilarious. It's ridiculous.
The make-up effects are cool. The dialogue is dumb. A good portion of this feature depicts a woman cheating on her husband, which is convenient because instead of conventional filler, we get sex and nudity. When these guys aren’t fucking, they’re talking about it. At some point, the cheater gets cheated on by her secret lover, but it’s not his fault since he was hypnotised, as he puts it.