Faces of Terror 2018

This book presents 64 types of antagonists. Short lists of horror or horror-adjacent movies featuring these antagonists are suggested. The movies are ranked in order of preference. The antagonists are divided in five categories: viscera, society, science, folklore and afterlife.

Each film description contains a synopsis and a star rating.

Blade

A vampire hybrid protects the human race against the pure-blooded of his kind.
Horror for Beginners
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
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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.
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?