The Best of Terror 2015: Top 66 Franchise Horror Movies

The following recommendations represent the best 11% of 600 horror movie reviews. Movies are classified according to their genres, subgenres, moods and antagonists. They are sorted according to the sum of various ratings: stars, story, creativity, acting, quality and rewatchability.

Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2

Haunted tour participants awaken a supernatural entity while partying in the woods.
Kinky
United States
2000
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Animals: 
Dog
Trickster: 
Lurer
Legend: 
Urban Legend
Wizards: 
Voodoo Sorcerer
Possessor
Necromancer
6
The great rural mind-fuck continues…
7.04
6
8
7.04
4
4
4
Ambiance
Editing
Performances
The Blair Witch Project; previous installment, relied on a gimmick so strong that the makers of Part 2 avoided it altogether. In fact, they often allude to it and make it an integral part of the plot but do not use it as a form of editing. Part 1 popularized the “found footage” genre by lying to its audience and was very good at it. Part 2 is more traditional but still worth a watch.
The actors are no longer playing pretend and improvising but their performances allow for great build-up despite sometimes obscured storytelling. Blair Witch 2 stirs up the same fear amalgams Blair Witch 1 did and proves that the original script doesn't only rely on opportunistic viral marketing. We get another terrifying mind-fuck depicting threats that cannot be taken down with weapons.
This is a well written and directed movie that didn't get the care it deserved in the cutting room. The compositing is excessive in places and comes out as more of a nuisance than a clever way to tell a scary tale. The layered narrative isn't needed. Some might hate this sequel as a complement to a game changer in the film industry, but as a stand-alone haunting story it hits all the right notes.
Alternate Titles: 
The Blair Witch Project 2
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Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing horror films from the 2000’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?

Shark Week 2019

Sharks can be giant, mutated, metallic, or prehistoric. Some of them live in tornadoes, some in the snow. Sharks are our friends, except when they’re hungry, which they usually are. If you show signs of weakness or aggression, you will be attacked. If you bleed, you will be attacked. Shark Week is the time of the year when you do not want to be swimming with sharks. In this book, I review 64 shark movies ranked from worst to decent. If you watch them in order, they will only get better.

Best of Terror 2019: Top 300 Horror Movies

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Decades of Terror 2019: 1990's Horror Movies

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing horror 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?