Taboos of Terror 2018: Shock, Sex & Terror

This book contains 160 horror movie reviews. These movies all contain shock, sex and gore. The reviews are sorted in order of preference. The ranking of each production is established by the sum of 7 types of ratings: stars, gimmick, rewatchability, story, creativity, acting & quality. Each film description contains a synopsis, a list of attributed genres, moods, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review. These films are not for the squeamish. You have been warned!

The Ring

A journalist investigates a cursed videotape that causes death.
Horror for Beginners
United States
Japan
2002
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Animals: 
Horse
Infected: 
Contagious
Cursed
Object: 
Footage
6
A viscous circle...
6
5.04
7.04
7.04
2
4
4
Performances
Pace
Plot
The Ring re-imagines Japanese horror success Ringu. It replicates the eerie urban ambiance of the original movie, setting its key scenes in small clustered American apartments. The deal-breaker for any Ringu completist is that the protagonists don’t have supernatural powers. It takes us away from the more fantastic adaptations of the classic Japanese folk tale and novel, for better or worse.
It’s better than your average haunting movie. For one thing, the ghost is confined to an infamous viral videotape that piques the curiosity of its victims and sets in motion a chain of events. It namely calls you to announce you’ll die, when it will happen, then lets the protagonist struggle with apprehension and terror for a week. To us, the audience, this translates into an hour-long procedural.
The investigation Naomi Watt’s character undertakes acts as preliminary to satisfying but sparse frights. There is little to no humor in The Ring. Build-up, ambiance and mystery are therefore at the forefront. To support it all is a genuinely creative tale that mixes ghost, supernatural contagion and technology, resulting in a powerful gimmick that justify an American 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?