Checklist of Terror 2017

This book contains a checklist of 1162 dark films sorted in order of preference. The ranking is established by the sum of 8 ratings: stars, gimmick, rewatchability, story, creativity, acting, quality and creepiness. How many have you seen?

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
5.04
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7.04
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.
Subgenres of Terror, 2nd Edition: Futuristic Films

<p>Included in this book are 49 reviews of horror and horror-adjacent futuristic films.</p><p>Futuristic films are films with settings beyond the year they were released or made, even if that setting is now in the past, and films with a futuristic setting despite of unspecified date.</p><p>Each book in the second edition of the Subgenres of Terror collection contains a thematic watchlist in which movies are sorted in order of preference.</p>

Subgenres of Terror, 2nd Edition: Found Footage Films

Included in this book are 64 reviews of horror and horror-adjacent found footage films.

Found footage is a film subgenre in which all or a substantial part of the work is presented as if it were discovered film or video recordings.

Each book in the second edition of the Subgenres of Terror collection contains a thematic watchlist in which movies are sorted in order of preference.

Masters of Terror 2019: Lloyd Kaufman's Filmography

This book contains the synopses and reviews of the darkest films in Lloyd Kaufman’s filmography. The listings are ranked from best to worst.

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.

Realms of Terror: Dark Adventure Movies 2019

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