Trends of Terror 2019: 62 Feel-Good Movies

Feel-good movies are movies which present people and life in a way that makes the audience feel happy and optimistic. In this edition of Trends of Terror, film critic Steve Hutchison reviews 62 feel-good movies sorted from best to worst. How many have you seen?

The Last Horror Movie

A serial killer films his every murder.
Big Plot Twist

 

United Kingdom
2003
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
Stalker: 
Sneaker
Trespasser
Trickster: 
Impostor
Catastrophes: 
Fire
5.04
See it all!
4
4
6
6
2
3
3
Effects
Dialogue
Editing
2000’s American Psycho did things better, but American Psycho isn’t all that The Last Horror Movie reminds us of. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer is an obvious influence. This is the story of a serial killer whose every murder is filmed by a silent, shy, and mysterious assistant. It’s a found footage film so seamlessly integrated you forget that’s what you’re watching.
The killer speaks to the camera every other scene, asking the viewer questions, challenging their moral values, and suggesting they may, too, be deranged if they’re “still watching”, after all. The premise may be ludicrous and oversimplified, but it gets you wondering why no serial killer has attempted this spectacle before, knowing that most of them have disproportionate egos.
Because of the faux-documentary format, we don’t have the benefit of a score, of pacing, and the editing is purposely bad. This causes two things: first, we feel like voyeurs and part of the action; second, we have no sense of gravitas, of rhythm, of time, or of escalation. We don’t sympathize with the good guys and certainly not with the bad guys. Nevertheless, this is an interesting experience.
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

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Trends of Terror 2019: 101 Horror Movies for Beginners

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66 All-British Horror Movies

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66 All-American Horror Movies

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