Taboos of Terror 2017: Shock, Sex & Terror

This book contains 160 horror movie reviews. These movies all contain shock, sex and gore. The reviews are sorted in order of preference. The ranking of each production is established by the sum of 7 types of ratings: stars, gimmick, rewatchability, story, creativity, acting & quality. Each film description contains a synopsis, a list of attributed genres, moods, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review. These films are not for the squeamish. You have been warned!

Gothika

A psychiatrist wakes up as a patient in the asylum where she worked, with no memory of why she is there or what she has done.

 

United States
Canada
France
Spain
2003
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Trickster: 
Impostor
Catastrophes: 
Crash
5.04
It's not what you think...
6
4
7.04
7.04
2
2
3
Performances
Plot
Photography
I’m never sure what to suggest or reveal with a film like this one, because whatever the twist is, and it relies heavily on it, the final answer will, at some point, cross your mind. Is Halle Berry crazy, amnesic, haunted, dead, even, or gaslit by doctors for whatever reason? The ending might be quite a reveal, but it probably won’t be a complete surprise. So, what’s your theory?
The plot fits in the palm of your hand, yet finds ways to complexify itself to ridiculous extents because, well, this is a big budget feature film. We’ve got three big names, here; Halle Berry, Robert Downey Jr., and Penélope Cruz. Berry aside, for whom this is a defining role, their talents isn’t put to good use. They hold back. The camera just doesn’t love them.
This is a prison movie disguised as something else. Something supernatural. It’s claustrophobic, it’s frightening, it’s upsetting, it’s frustrating, and it’s sad. This film sucks when it gets extreme and sensational, and it does quite a bit. It’s doesn’t want to be every other ghost film, so it goes all out. Sometimes, less is more. Sometimes, less is scarier.
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?