Decades of Terror: 1930-2016

Steve Hutchison analyzed horror movie decades between the 1930’s and 2016 and came up with ranked lists.

Each film description contains a synopsis, attributed genres, a list of ambiances involved, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review.

At the end of this book, you will find a list of 500 recommended dark films.

Frailty

A man confesses to an FBI agent that his father's visions led to a series of murders.

 

United States
Germany
2001
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Relative: 
Father
Sibling
Trickster: 
Impostor
Lurer
Dimensional: 
God
Hellish
Psychics: 
Medium
Telepathist
7.04
Believe or not!
6
7.04
8
7.04
3
3
3
Dialog
Editing
Plot
Fifteen minutes in, the hook is introduced. And there you have it, a father recruiting his kids in a demon hunt. He’s having visions, so he’s either psychotic or blessed by God. The difference between magic and mental illness is what everyone else sees. The father, played by Bill Paxton in one of his best roles, involves his two kids in his madness. The oldest one doesn’t like it one bit...
The kids are played by young Matt O'Leary and Jeremy Sumpter. We instantly buy them as brothers. Adult Adam, one of them, is played by Matthew McConaughey, years later, who retells to an FBI agent what is pretty much a period piece to us. The main timeline takes place in 1979, when people still had simple lives; before the internet and satellite television. It’s also when we stopped praying.
This is a brutal film, but the violence is not particularly graphic. A lot is accomplished through clever, tight editing. Sound effects account for a lot when it comes to implicit pain. Frailty is kind of slow, but well-paced. The suspense constantly rises until it reaches an amazing third act that you won’t soon forget. This one will make you question your faith, or lack thereof...
Decades of Terror 2019: 2000's Horror Movies

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

The following recommendations are the best 15% of 1900 horror and horror-adjacent movies reviewed by Steve Hutchison. Movies are sorted according to the average of various ratings: overall, story, creativity, acting, quality, and rewatchability. How many have you seen?

Checklist of Terror 2019: Scientific Villains

This book contains ranked checklists of movies with aliens, giants, invaders, mutants, parasites, robots, dimensional beings, hybrids, infected people, invisible people, machines, and otherness. How many have you seen?

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?