Subgenres of Terror, 2nd Edition: Claustrocore Films

Included in this book are 80 reviews of horror and horror-adjacent claustrocore films.

Claustrocore films are about people stuck in one place for most of the running time.

Each book in the second edition of the Subgenres of Terror collection contains a thematic watchlist in which movies are sorted in order of preference.

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
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?