Trends of Terror 2019: 58 Big Plot Twists

A plot twist is a literary technique that introduces a radical change in the direction or expected outcome of the plot in a work of fiction. In this edition of Trends of Terror, film critic Steve Hutchison reviews 58 horror and horror-adjacent movies with big plot twists sorted from best to worst. How many have you seen?

Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood

A leprechaun terrorizes a gang he suspects stole his magic gold.
Slapstick Gore
So Bad It's Good
United States
2003
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Festivity: 
St-Patrick's Day
Legend: 
Myth
Object: 
Money
Wizards: 
Evoker
Characters: 
Franchise Sequel
Franchise Spin-Off
3.04
The Irish brother returns!
5.04
3.04
4
5.04
1
4
2
Photography
Plot
Dialog
Boyz n the Hood and Barber Shop meet the supernatural in Leprechaun: Back 2 Tha Hood, three years after a similar attempt with a similar title. Leprechaun 3 took place in a Casino; a world of lucky charms and coins, and basically wrote itself. Leprechaun in Space was terrible. Leprechaun in the Hood wasn't much better. Back 2 Tha Hood feels like nothing more than cultural self-promotion.
The photography looks professional and the editing amateurish. For everything good in this, there is something bad and then some rap music. The acting isn't horrendous, but everybody in it is too cool to be depicted as vulnerable, so the leprechaun is reduced to a comic relief. This happened to the Halloween franchise, a year prior, with a Michael Myers easily dominated by Busta Rhymes.
This new sequel borrows tropes of the crime subgenre, and makes fun of recent films that visibly inspired the creators as well as the franchise it owes everything to. This is hardly a slasher, but the second half is closer to what the first three films were, which is what most fans want to see. The humor doesn't work and Warwick Davis is underused.
Alternate Titles: 
Leprechaun 6: Back 2 tha Hood
Leprechaun VI: Back 2 tha Hood
Leprechaun 6
Leprechaun Part 6
Leprechaun VI
Leprechaun Part VI
Realms of Terror: Horror-Adjacent 2019

Included in this book are 141 reviews of horror-adjacent films. Horror-adjacent films are mixes of comedy, drama, adventure, action, thriller, fantasy, and science fiction. They are dark enough to entertain horror movie fans but can’t exactly be called horror. How many have you seen?

Decades of Terror 2019: 1990's Monster Films

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing monster films from the 1990’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?

Christmas Horror Watchlist 2019

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but this list is so delightful. And since you’ve no place to go, here are 60 ranked reviews of Christmas-themed horror movies. Ho, ho, ho! This year, get ready for the horrorthon of a lifetime! Naughty or nice?

Halloween Horror Watchlist 2019

An excellent way to celebrate All Hallows' Eve all through October, this book contains 53 ranked reviews of Halloween-themed horror movies. This year, get ready for the horrorthon of a lifetime!

Trends of Terror 2019: 150 Movies So Bad They’re Good

I hope you like cheese. This book is full of it. In this edition of Trends of Terror, film critic Steve Hutchison reviews 150 horror and horror-adjacent movies so bad they’re good, sorted from best to worst. How many have you seen?