Masters of Terror 2018: Charles Band's Filmography

This book contains the synopses and reviews of the darkest films in Charles Band’s filmography. The listings are ranked from best to worst.

AVP: Alien vs. Predator

A team of archaeologists explore a subterranean labyrinth and get caught up in a war between two alien races.
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Canada
Czech Republic
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Realism: 
Supernatural
Stalker: 
Hunter
Sneaker
Dimensional: 
Spaceman
Fluids: 
Acid
Infected: 
Host
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An existential showdown!
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The best elements of AVP are its strong cast and its gorgeous set design. H.R. Giger provided outstanding artwork for the Alien franchise, and the ones featured in Predator 2, for instance, were not far from the hybrid we get here. The war between Alien and Predator takes place inside an underground pyramid that behaves like a self-solving 3D-Puzzle.
Freddy vs. Jason came out a year prior and was more into the “versus” aspect than character exposition. Both match-up spin-offs were born from rumors and fan fiction in the 80’s, and took this long to come out. AVP can be a letdown for viewers with high expectations. It is the script that brings the movie down, sadly. Character arcs are limited by their uselessness as humans in the plot.
The creatures look great, and so does the production as a whole. The two franchises are treated with respect. The writers grasped the occasion to spend time discovering their villain and it pays off. The third act is weak and glorifies a human that simply doesn't deserve our gratification. The two villains aren't exactly vocal, so the conclusion is somewhat abrupt but reminiscent of slashers.
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Alien vs. Predator
Alien vs Predator
AVP
History of Terror 2019: 1900 Bite-Sized Movie Reviews

Included in this book are 1900 bite-sized reviews of horror and horror-adjacent films sorted by release date. The reviews consist of 8 ratings.

Subgenres of Terror, 2nd Edition: Time Travel Films

Included in this book are 40 reviews of horror and horror-adjacent time travel films.

Time travel films focus on the consequences of traveling into the past or the future.

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.

Subgenres of Terror, 2nd Edition: Musical Films

Included in this book are 40 reviews of horror and horror-adjacent musical films.

Musicals are a genre in which songs sung by the characters are interwoven into the narrative, sometimes accompanied by dancing.

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.

Subgenres of Terror, 2nd Edition: Torture Films

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

In torture films, sadistic violence or torture is a central aspect of the plot.

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.

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.