Realms of Terror: Dark Action Movies 2019

These are 100 of the best dark action movies, in order of preference. How many have you seen? Reviews and ratings by horror host Steve Hutchison are included.

Wishmaster

A genie attempts to grant its owner three wishes in order open a gateway to his dimension.
United States
1997
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Dimensional: 
Hellish
Unknown
Legend: 
Myth
Object: 
Jewel
Statues: 
Sculpture
Wizards: 
Possessor
Evoker
Conjurer
Transmuter
Abjurer
Necromancer
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4
6
6
3
4
3
Plot
Effects
Performances
This throwback at 80’s horror borrows from many classics and creates a hybrid curiously left underexploited in a decade of gimmicks: the genie, or “Djinn”. This gorefest has a unique villain with an amusing and ironic M.O. He is more a magician than a brute and will therefore appeal to supernatural slasher fans. He basically perverts your spoken desires in ways to kill you in creative ways.
The Djinn is scary because he murders his victims by conversing. When he takes the appearance of a human, as he does for most of the running time, he becomes inconspicuous and inquisitive. The writers have him use subterfuges and twists on words to get people to wish out loud, which obviously comes with comedy. While ridden with cliches, Wishmaster ventures in unfamiliar spheres of terror.
Dream sequences and flashbacks bring the movie down. The only thing this homage to a better era does wrong, when trying to go retro, is indulging in compositing and digital editing. New technologies should be a strength; not a hindrance. Many horror legends play more or less significant roles, but costume, production and set design never do them justice, making this somewhat a sad testament.
Giants & Horror

Giants are beings of prodigious size and strength common in the mythology and legends of many cultures. They are a major archetype of horror movies. In this book, film critic Steve Hutchison reviews and ranks 50 of the best horror movies featuring giants ever released. How many have you seen?

Decades of Terror 2019: 2000's Slasher Films

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Decades of Terror 2019: 1990's Slasher Films

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Decades of Terror 2019: 1980's Slasher Films

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing slasher films from the 1980’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?