Icons of Terror 2019: 20 Horror Movie Franchises Featuring Legendary Modern Monsters

The following pages analyze 125 horror films grouped in 20 franchises. These franchises feature an antagonist, or villain, who has been present in all or most films. These antagonists are so iconic that they have, in all cases, generated multiple sequels. All movies contained in this book are rated, ranked and compared to each other.

Dracula III: Legacy

A duo of adventurers travel to Romania to defeat an old vampire.

 

United States
Romania
2005
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Cultists: 
Guru
Worshipper
Government: 
Army
Relative: 
Mother
Catastrophes: 
Explosion
Clown: 
Jester
Dolls: 
Dolly
4
Same old...
5.04
3.04
7.04
7.04
2
3
2
Photography
Editing
Ambiance
The most unique aspect of Dracula III is how it unravels like a semi-dystopian adventure. The best part of it is its vampire clowns who are only here to die. The bleak photography creates a homogenous sense of apocalypse. Sadly, almost every other facet, here, is an issue. We find the same choppy slow motion Dracula II had. The score is unimpressive. The dialogue is as shallow as the characters.
This film is no better or worse than the previous installment, but it desperately creates continuity where none is needed. It brings back Roy Scheider as disposable Cardinal Siqueros, for instance. Stephen Billington was replaced by Rutger Hauer as a new iteration of count Dracula now called Dracula III. This is a confusing executive move that is visibly meant to justify the movie’s title.
We’ve got a subplot involving human trafficking, another involving Jesus and so many vampire battles we just can’t care. These extreme script detours take away from the fear element this movie needs to be called horror. We get action, weapons and stunts but we have no victims to sympathize with. We aren’t frightened by the monsters and we aren’t impressed by our heroes who just aren’t that cool…
Alternate Titles: 
Dracula 2000 Part 3
Wes Craven presents Dracula III: Legacy
Dracula III
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?