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.

Tremors 4: The Legend Begins

A mining town is threatened by giant mutated worms.
So Bad It's Good
Creature Feature
United States
2004
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Animals: 
Imaginary
Insects: 
Imaginary
Worm
Giant: 
Colossus
4
Cowboys vs. Graboids
6
4
5.04
6
2
4
2
Plot
Dialogue
Ambiance
The screenwriters of the last two sequels worked miracles in ensuring continuity despite the unfortunate absence of strong leads we once cared for. It was mostly them we related to and the original graboid we expected to see more of. Part 2 and 3 took weird directions but were highly imaginative. Part 4 is set in the Old West; in the town that we, the returning fans, call “Perfection”.
This prequel is as close in tone and structure as we have been to the 1990 original. The town felt like a time capsule to begin with, so Tremors 4 hits close to home. Like most period pieces, though, it naturally imposes a cultural barrier upon its audience. For obvious reasons, the humor isn't as edgy but it is present. It spices up segments of dialogue that would otherwise feel anachronic.
The film is no disaster but it isn't memorable either. We’re introduced to new variations of the ever-mutating graboid. Michael Gross returns as is own ancestor in an over-the-top cowboy caricature of himself. Tremors 4 is both his origin story and that of his arsenal. He’s a melodramatic inside joke getting increasingly comfortable in a role that suits him well; even in the past...
Alternate Titles: 
Tremors 4
Tremors IV
Tremors IV: The Legend Begins
Tremors Part 4
Tremors Part IV
Tremors Prequel
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?