Decades of Terror: 1930-2019

Steve Hutchison analyzed horror movie decades between the 1930’s and 2019 and came up with ranked lists. Each film description contains a synopsis, attributed genres, a list of ambiances involved, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review.

Office Killer

A mousy office worker accidentally kills one of her coworkers, then proceeds to bump off a few others.

 

United States
1997
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
Stalker: 
Sneaker
Catastrophes: 
Accident
4
Just doesn't work...
2
3.04
6
6
1
2
2
Performances
Plot
Dialogue
Scream and Scream 2, 1996 and 1997 respectively, bitch slapped this film into Oblivion, and every other slasher that came out around that time for that matter. From then on, filmmakers could no longer be lazy. Films with hooks this lame would never get greenlit, at least not for a few years. Thirty minutes in, I still couldn’t figure out what Office Killer was about.
I just didn’t give a damn about the characters. You get a lot of hamming from almost all performers, perhaps to compensate for how bland the film looks. From the dull production design to the sluggish lighting, there’s something off about the ambiance. From what I could tell, around halfway in, this was a sitcom with accidental deaths in it. And, for a comedy, it’s really not that funny.
Every time I screamed “Eureka!”; every aha moment I had, led to yet another ten minutes of dialogue. I just didn’t get this film. It rubbed me the wrong way. The quality was there, the actors were good, but this story went nowhere. Its ultimate demise was to glorify strangeness over clarity. And, by the way, a film like this one shouldn’t need four writers.
Streaks of Terror 2019: My Favorite Horror Movie Franchises

Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Halloween, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Hellraiser, Child’s Play, Scream, Saw, Alien, Predator, Evil Dead – Film critic Steve Hutchison covers some of his favorite horror movie franchises, providing a synopsis, a review, and ranking all installments.

The Almanac of Terror 2019: 89 Years of Horror Movie Statistics

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.

66 All-Japanese Horror Movies

This book contains 66 reviews of horror films written and ranked by critic and blogger Steve Hutchison. Each description includes five ratings (stars, story, creativity, acting, quality), a synopsis and a review. All 66 movies were produced exclusively by Japan. How many have you seen?

Trends of Terror 2019: 101 Horror Movies for Beginners

Have you been recently introduced to horror movies? You want to explore the genre and don’t know where to start? Here are 101 simple and accessible ranked horror movies you should definitely check out. How many have you seen?

66 All-British Horror Movies

This book contains 66 reviews of horror films written and ranked by critic and blogger Steve Hutchison. Each description includes five ratings (stars, story, creativity, acting, quality), a synopsis and a review. All 66 movies were produced exclusively by the United Kingdom. How many have you seen?