Icons of Terror 2018: 18 Horror Movie Franchises Featuring Legendary Modern Monsters

The following pages analyze 111 horror films grouped in 18 franchises. These franchises feature an antagonist, or villain, who has been present in all or most films. These antagonists are so iconic that they have, in all cases, generated multiple sequels. All movies contained in this book are rated, ranked and compared to each other.

The Sixth Sense

A boy who communicates with ghosts seeks the help of a child psychologist.
Big Plot Twist

 

United States
1999
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Stalker: 
Trespasser
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A film that cannot be unseen!
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8
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Performances
Dialog
Plot
This is one of the scariest movies ever made. It’s also incredibly sad. It’s a powerful story that gets more intense as time passes, until it swallows you whole. It’s about a child psychologist dedicated to help a strange boy. There’s something deeply wrong with the boy. Writer and director M. Night Shyamalan won’t just tell us what that is. He crafts a meticulous, calculated slow-burn.
Bruce Willis plays the psychologist and proves he can be more than an action hero. Haley Joel Osment is great. He's just a child and this is not a simple screenplay. He's a champion. Toni Collette plays the desperate mother who's always two steps behind. Her performance is mostly melancholic but she has the perfect attitude. The other characters are a side dish. They are peripheral.
So, there’s an elephant in the room. The film contains two major twists that could easily be spoiled. If you haven’t seen this movie, you should make it a priority. These twists are some of the most memorable in cinema history. Incidently, they make The Sixth Sense simply legendary. The surprises are right there, in your face, yet 95% of us won't see through the illusion. Amazing!
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?