This book contains 100 reviews. These are some of the scariest horror movies in history. The reviews are sorted in order of preference. The ranking of each film is determined by the sum of 7 ratings: stars, gimmick, rewatchability, story, creativity, acting & quality. Each film description contains a synopsis, a list of attributed genres, moods evoked, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review. These films are not for the squeamish. You have been warned!
Serial Killer Film
He takes out the white trash!
We were led to believe, in the original, that Michael Myers was a freak of nature, someone magical perhaps or at least a surreal creature, the eventual object of a cult; a demon even. In this remake, we're introduced to suburban rednecks, nothing less, as young Michael Myers slowly becomes the psychopath dictated by his copyrighted fate, thanks to a dysfunctional family, as we now learn...
The signature soundtrack is returning. So is the classic mask. The movie is fun to sit through. It's not answering any question you might have left, even though it spends a good while raising the past, as a prequel, only to become a rushed and eccentric remake in the second half. If the original Halloween was about a slow, ghastly stalker, this one, although more artsy, is more plausible on paper.
The film is so polished it is distracting. This is a high quality production, though, and it the good performances keep it entertaining, or at least interesting. The cinematography can get experimental. When this fails, Halloween feels pretentious, over-indulgent, sadly. Expect frivolous photography, and the same kind of liberties taken as far as dialogue and during the overall writing phase.