Trends of Terror 2019: 64 Psychological Thrillers

Psychological thrillers depict the unstable or delusional psychological states of its characters. They focus on the complex and often tortured relationships between obsessive and pathological characters. In this edition of Trends of Terror, film critic Steve Hutchison reviews 64 psychological thrillers sorted from best to worst. How many have you seen?

Vampirella

A vampire from outer space seeks revenge on those who murdered her father.
So Bad It's Good

 

United States
1996
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Cultists: 
Guru
Worshipper
4
Have a bite!
6
2
5.04
5.04
1
3
1
Ambiance
Plot
Photography
This is based on the comic book by the same name. According to director Jim Wynorski, “everything that could’ve gone wrong did”. Get this; Vlad Dracula is from outer space. It’s the first of a series of stupid plot points. As an origin story, this is a disappointment. What the movie lacks most is prestige. It fails to make its protagonist stoic and seductive, and its villains threatening.
I’m not one to complain about sexy outfits, but this one is beyond distracting. More importantly, Talisa Soto doesn’t look comfortable in it. She doesn’t appear at ease with this role either. She isn’t a great actress. You can tell she can act on cue, but constantly reverts to a stiff expression. All in all, we may very well have, here, one of the shittiest comic book adaptations ever produced.
Dracula, Van Helsing, Vampirella; this is an ambitious script. Save some for the sequel, damnit! Sadly, this kind of convolution kills this movie. It’s too much. Science fiction, fantasy, action, Vampirella half-naked in a cheap apartment where no production designer has gone before. Also, there are few things worse than two vampires fighting each other hissing. What a crapfest!
Realms of Terror: Horror-Adjacent 2019

Included in this book are 141 reviews of horror-adjacent films. Horror-adjacent films are mixes of comedy, drama, adventure, action, thriller, fantasy, and science fiction. They are dark enough to entertain horror movie fans but can’t exactly be called horror. How many have you seen?

Decades of Terror 2019: 1990's Monster Films

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing monster 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?

Christmas Horror Watchlist 2019

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but this list is so delightful. And since you’ve no place to go, here are 60 ranked reviews of Christmas-themed horror movies. Ho, ho, ho! This year, get ready for the horrorthon of a lifetime! Naughty or nice?

Halloween Horror Watchlist 2019

An excellent way to celebrate All Hallows' Eve all through October, this book contains 53 ranked reviews of Halloween-themed horror movies. This year, get ready for the horrorthon of a lifetime!

Trends of Terror 2019: 150 Movies So Bad They’re Good

I hope you like cheese. This book is full of it. In this edition of Trends of Terror, film critic Steve Hutchison reviews 150 horror and horror-adjacent movies so bad they’re good, sorted from best to worst. How many have you seen?