Eternity of Terror 2016

This book includes 200 dark movies you’ll want to revisit time and again. These are the most rewatchable dark films reviewed by film critic Steve Hutchison.

Sorted in order of preference and reviewed, each film description contains a synopsis, a list of genres it belongs to, a list of ambiances involved, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review.

These films are not for the squeamish. You have been warned!

The Forgotten

After being told that their children never existed, a man and woman soon discover there is a much bigger enemy at work.
Psychological Thriller

 

United States
2004
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Government: 
Politician
Trickster: 
Impostor
Catastrophes: 
Crash
6
Cute, but Forgettable.
6
5.04
7.04
7.04
2
3
2
Performances
Plot
Pace
This film starts twenty minutes after it should have, by Hollywood standards. We’re injected right into the mystery without the luxury of exposition. There’s a whole act missing, here. But Julianne Moore feels familiar, and her character is evocative, so we follow along. The cops are after her. She’s stirring trouble. Is she being gaslit, is she schizophrenic, or is everyone else amnesic?
This would have made a great Twilight Zone episode, because, as it is, it’s a little too long. Now, there are two ways this could end: the predictable way, or the impossible way. Is it a conspiracy, or is there a powerful supernatural element at play? If you ask me, none of these answers are plausible. It would take quite a twist to accept this ludicrous premise.
The production value is significant. The actors are excellent. On a technical level, this film is irreproachable. So, here’s the problem: we’re expected to care for a character that might turn out to be crazy, and we’re supposed to take sides regardless of the answers. Answers will come but they won’t be spoon-fed. The antagonist isn’t who you’d expect.
Alternate Titles: 
Stranger
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