Icons of Terror 2018: 18 Horror Movie Franchises Featuring Legendary Modern Monsters

The following pages analyze 111 horror films grouped in 18 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.

High Tension

A quiet weekend in a secluded farmhouse turns into a nightmare when a murderer shows up.
Big Plot Twist

 

France
Italy
Romania
2003
Feature Film
Realism: 
Surreal
Translated
Stalker: 
Trespasser
Catastrophes: 
Crash
6
Intruder alert!
6
5.04
7.04
7.04
2
2
3
Photography
Ambiance
Plot
This is the kind of film that puts a lot of trust in its twist ending and relies heavily on it, which makes it worth revisiting at least once. The only problem is that the final reveal involves a gaping plot hole. Unless you decide to forgive the script for its flaws, the last act may rub you the wrong way. High Tension is otherwise quite shocking and terrifying.
This film is part of the New French Extremity trend, which refers to a collection of transgressive French films meant to disgust, upset, and, in some cases, traumatize. High Tension is extremely gory and unapologetic. There’s a sense of isolation and tension present from beginning to end. The victims are helpless, and the main protagonist, Marie, is underdeveloped.
There are very few actors in this film, and the exposition is limited. It’s neither a good nor a bad thing. Time is rather spent building a mystery and leveraging a cat and mouse game between a mass murderer and Marie, who isn’t having much success saving people’s lives. Her arc is a frustrating one. The writing, here, is only surpassed by the directing. Great film!
Alternate Titles: 
Haute Tension
Switchblade Romance
Checklist of Terror 2019: Plausible Menace

Plausible threats, as opposed to supernatural or surreal ones, encompass all menaces whose existence can be or has been proven by science. Here’s a ranked watchlist of 413 plausible horror movies reviewed by film critic Steve Hutchison. How many have you seen?

Checklist of Terror 2019: Supernatural Menace

Supernatural threats, as opposed to plausible or surreal ones, encompass all menaces whose existence cannot be or hasn’t been proven by science. Here’s a ranked watchlist of 1272 supernatural horror movies reviewed by film critic Steve Hutchison. How many have you seen?

Decades of Terror 2019: 1990's Psychological Horror

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Decades of Terror 2019: 1980's Psychological Horror

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing psychological horror films from the 1980’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?

Guess the Horror Movie: 400 Pixelated Puzzles

This book contains 400 puzzles. Guess the name of each horror film based on the pixelated picture, its released year, and its synopsis. Write the title in the boxes below the clues. Puzzles tend to get more difficult as you progress. Answers can be found in the last pages.