Fifty Shades of Terror 2017: 50 Reviews of Black & White Horror Films

This book contains 50 reviews of horror movies shot in black and white. The reviews are sorted from the last position to the first one. The ranking of each production is established by the sum of 7 ratings: stars, gimmick, rewatchability, story, creativity, acting & quality. Each film description contains a synopsis, a list of attributed genres, emotions evoked, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review.

Blade

A vampire hybrid protects the human race against the pure-blooded of his kind.
United States
1998
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Sadist: 
Rigger
Torturer
Stalker: 
Sneaker
Thief
Trespasser
Cultists: 
Clubbist
Guru
Worshipper
Government: 
Council
Relative: 
Mother
Trickster: 
Impostor
Lurer
Dimensional: 
God
Spirit
Unknown
Statues: 
Pillar
Sculpture
8
Will get your blood pumping
8
6
8
8
3
4
1
Performances
Editing
Plot
Blade is the condensed adaptation of a vampire universe owned by Marvel Comics. Wesley Snipes plays a strong and agile superhero who confronts a whole vampire council practically solo. Martial arts are his thing, so this is first and foremost an action flick with big effects, exciting choreography, breath-taking stunts and intricate camera work. The pacing is tight and the build-up palpable.
Blade, like most blockbusters, is a nicely packaged and saturated concoction of subgenre tropes. The fights are massive, unique and usually supported by enticing techno trance tracks; a curious vibe we are introduced to early on, courtesy of Traci Lords. She, horror pillars Udo Kier and Stephen Dorff play key vampires. They are impervious to pain, taboos and are so cold they appear genderless.
The film is crafted by masters of their arts. The directing and photography are impeccable; occasionally hindered by post-production constraints but not distractedly. The gimmick is strong, the script brilliant but dumbed down to remain accessible. 1998’s Blade is representative of its time. Arrogant, aggressive yet classy, it immortalizes short but memorable trends of the dying millennium.
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?