Realms of Terror: Dark Action Movies 2019

These are 100 of the best dark action movies, in order of preference. How many have you seen? Reviews and ratings by horror host Steve Hutchison are included.

Dead Birds

A group of Confederate soldiers hole up in an abandoned plantation after robbing a bank and awaken supernatural beings.

 

United States
2004
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Dimensional: 
Hellish
6
Go West!
6
5.04
7.04
6
2
2
3
Performances
Effects
Plot
Western and horror; count me in! This takes place during the American Civil War, somewhere between 1861 and 1865, with a bunch of outlaws you wouldn’t trust with your children, except maybe Henry Thomas’ character who couldn’t hurt a fly. Michael Shannon is here, too. They either underplay or let their facial air do the acting, and that’s never a problem.
Even though we understand our protagonists are bad guys, we side with them after the first of several paranormal encounters. Telling you the nature of the antagonists would spoil too much. Let’s just say they’re massively composited, and therefore not scary enough. If you knew too much, the slow-burning plot wouldn’t matter. All the hard stuff happens in the third act.
Since electricity isn’t a thing, yet, and because most of the story takes place at night, most scenes are barely lit. It’s not a problem if you watch the film in the right conditions. Dead Birds is the kind of picture you invest yourself into blindly, simply because it’s like nothing else out there. It’s an unusual mix of subgenres, and the production value is significant.
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?