The following reviews were extracted from a database and formatted for this book. Tales of Terror (www.terror.ca) is a “gamified” tool designed for horror fans, students, authors and filmmakers. “Gamification” is the transformation and adaptation of tangible concepts into empirical games. This book covers franchise and public domain horror movies only. This rule ensures that each movie can be logically related and compared to another or grouped by similarity. Movies can therefore be classified, and sorted according to inherent properties.
Sheds a new light on the classic haunting!
The first film adaptation of Stephen King’s slow-burn novel was a success on all levels. Here’s a take on the epic tale that takes its time even more. It is a TV mini-series and behaves as such. This epic is dense and interesting enough to justify its running time. This is the story of a family turning on each other; visited by their dark pasts, and time is needed for build-up.
It’s a solid drama but not great horror. The effects range from weak to horrendous. Effort and money was put on the magnificient hotel set, the clever cast, and hard-felt dialogue instead. The performances aren’t as intense as they were in Kubrick’s version, but they don’t feel natural either. This is closer to King’s vision, resulting in more trivial details and less cinematographic ambition.
The Shining is a long, captivating tale that we like to be retold. It’s your classic haunting and possession picture but on a grander scale and format than a typical blockbuster. It uses the horrors of human vice and intertwines them with supernatural terror. It gives you a watered down and extrapolated alternate rendition of a classic movie that changed the face of a dark genre.