Quintessence of Terror: Dark Subgenres 2018

This book contains lists of quintessential horror movies ranked by simplicity and subdivided by subgenres. The level of simplicity/complexity is calculated by the sum of four classification types: 8 moods, 9 genres, 27 subgenres and 64 antagonists.

Each listed movie includes a list of moods, genres, a synopsis, a review and eight ratings: stars, story, creativity, acting, quality, rewatchability, creepiness and gimmick.

Stigmata

A priest is sent to investigate the case of a woman afflicted by stigmata.

 

United States
Mexico
1999
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Cultists: 
Cleric
Catastrophes: 
Fire
Dimensional: 
God
Hellish
5.04
The end isn’t near enough.
6
5.04
7.04
7.04
1
2
2
Photography
Plot
Performances
Two things didn’t happen in 2000: the Millennium bug and the end of the world. In 1999, though, Stigmata, a pre-apocalyptic Catholic horror movie happened. It looks like it was commissioned by the Vatican. It’s certainly partisan. It’s super Christian, full of symbolism; one thing’s certain, if you’re a believer, your limits will be tested. You won’t be indifferent.
Patricia Arquette worked for me in this role. She makes a good victim. I couldn’t care less about Gabriel Byrne, though, who really got typecast around that time. His character investigates miracles and disproves them for the Church. He eventually stumbles upon Arquette who spends this movie getting the shit beat out of her. Turns out the Devil has plans for her.
So, there you have it; a well-made, somewhat unique film about God and the turn of the century. There’s an aesthetic to churches and Christian mythos, and Stigmata celebrates just that. It’s also an imprint of late 1990s culture. It’s in the music, the clothes, the hairdos. If you’re agnostic or atheist, this one might rub you the wrong way. I can’t even imagine what a Muslim will make of it.
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