Years of Terror 2018: 195 Horror Movie Recommendations, 39 Years of Pure Terror

This book contains 195 horror and horror-adjacent movie reviews; five of the best releases for each year between 1980 and 2018. Each film description contains a synopsis, a list of attributed genres, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review.

The Haunting

A study on sleep deprivation taking place in a large mansion awakens spirits.
Horror for Beginners
United States
1999
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Relative: 
Related
Trickster: 
Impostor
Lurer
Dimensional: 
Reflection
Spirit
Unknown
Giant: 
Colossus
Golem
Psychics: 
Illusionist
Hypnotist
Telekinetic
Statues: 
Gargoyle
Sculpture
5.04
A gentle scare!
6
3.04
8
7.04
2
4
3
Performances
Effects
Dialogue
The Haunting is the remake of a 1963 psychological thriller by the same name. The once pale sexual subtexts are now fully assumed and explicit. It’s a film based on characters and dialogue and not so much on the monsters. In terms of eye-candy, it goes much further than its predecessor, though it is highly reminiscent of the classic and brings back the original supernatural procedural fiber.
It is the set designs and the performers that give it its charm. Some of the 3-D effects will probably rub you the wrong way, though. More practical effects might have done the trick and kept it scary instead of awkwardly shiny. Although the story is a fun one to sit through, it mostly centers on an unstable and sometimes annoying, unnatural character.
With its elegant Gothic backdrop, its high-caliber performers and its occasional wit, The Haunting is all polish, all melodrama, no terror and aimed at a general audience. It’s indeed not high on kills nor gore, and the scares are minimal. It plays a little like a sinister poem, at times, and like a vague modern whodunit in between the more graphic moments.
Alternate Titles: 
The Haunting Remake
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?