Shivers of Terror 2019: The Creepiest Horror Movies

This book contains 100 reviews. These are some of the scariest horror movies in history. The reviews are sorted in order of preference. The ranking of each film is determined by the sum of 7 ratings: stars, gimmick, rewatchability, story, creativity, acting & quality. Each film description contains a synopsis, a list of attributed genres, moods evoked, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review. These films are not for the squeamish. You have been warned!

Dagon

A boating accident runs a couple ashore where they discover a strange fishing community.
Big Plot Twist

 

Spain
2001
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Cultists: 
Guru
Worshipper
Tribal
Trickster: 
Impostor
Lurer
Catastrophes: 
Crash
Fire
Storm
Flood
6
Gods almighty!
6
5.04
7.04
6
2
3
3
Ambiance
Effects
Plot
Every time I watch this, I experience disorientation and helplessness, the way our protagonists probably do from the moment they set foot in that immersive Spanish coastal village. Despite the title, the plot is actually based loosely on H. P. Lovecraft's novella “The Shadow Over Innsmouth” rather than his earlier short story "Dagon". This is one of the most Lovecraftian horror films out there.
Dennis Paoli is writing and Stuart Gordon directing, so this film is certainly worth your attention. It’s neither their best nor worst achievement, and, nightmare sequences aside, it is pretty damn good. It looks and feels like nothing else I’ve seen. Dagon appears right out of Lovecraft’s mind, and it’s not for everyone. You almost need to know where it’s coming from to fully appreciate it.
Some scenes; background stories in particular, are appalling. Again, Dagon is one for the fans. It invests in mythos at the cost of better pacing. Some of you are going to geek out with this one, and some will look at the timer while scratching their heads. The film has an unusual structure, and it can be anticlimactic. Loved the aquatic vibe, though. Loved the creature effects.
Alternate Titles: 
The Lost Island
H.P. Lovecraft's Dagon
Checklist of Terror 2019: Plausible Menace

Plausible threats, as opposed to supernatural or surreal ones, encompass all menaces whose existence can be or has been proven by science. Here’s a ranked watchlist of 413 plausible horror movies reviewed by film critic Steve Hutchison. How many have you seen?

Checklist of Terror 2019: Supernatural Menace

Supernatural threats, as opposed to plausible or surreal ones, encompass all menaces whose existence cannot be or hasn’t been proven by science. Here’s a ranked watchlist of 1272 supernatural horror movies reviewed by film critic Steve Hutchison. How many have you seen?

Decades of Terror 2019: 1990's Psychological Horror

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing psychological 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?

Decades of Terror 2019: 1980's Psychological Horror

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing psychological horror films from the 1980’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?

Guess the Horror Movie: 400 Pixelated Puzzles

This book contains 400 puzzles. Guess the name of each horror film based on the pixelated picture, its released year, and its synopsis. Write the title in the boxes below the clues. Puzzles tend to get more difficult as you progress. Answers can be found in the last pages.