The Almanac of Terror 2018: 88 Years of Horror Movie Statistics

The Almanac of Terror mixes and aggregates different statistics on horror and horror-adjacent movies. Most of the lists included in this book are sorted according to their overall score.

Our classification method combines genres, subgenres, ambiances and antagonists. Our different ratings are: stars, story, creativity, action, quality, creepiness and rewatchability.

Saw

Chained to pipes in a disused bathroom, two men are given a puzzle to which they must provide answers.
Big Plot Twist
United States
Australia
2004
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
Sadist: 
Rigger
Torturer
Stalker: 
Sneaker
Trespasser
Trickster: 
Gamemaster
Impostor
Dolls: 
Ventriloquist dummy
8
The most painful pictures you eve saw!
7.04
7.04
8
8
3
4
4
Plot
Editing
Photography
Saw is both a torture film and a police procedural. It's a ongoing mystery that explores new grounds in storytelling. It's refreshing and unique, yet closely reminiscent of the Cube franchise and Se7en. The power of this movie resides in how it cleverly parses clues, how complex the puzzle is, and how twists and turns reveal themselves. They do so in the most creatively shocking fashion.
The writing is brilliant. The photography is impeccable. Extreme color balance, photo filters and quick editing gives this movie a particular trademark. The actors do a fine job of keeping us guessing, sympathizing, cringing. Their performances make you feel as powerless as their characters become. One of the two main plot lines happens in one place and with only two characters.
While the cast is limited, each of their movements, lines and performances has been scrutinized and polished. When dialog makes room for gore, Saw shows another significant strength; displaying pain and suffering crudely and realistically, thanks to stunning top-of-the line effects. Innovative, yet formulaic, Saw gives us a new horror icon with its own sonata; a nod to slasher flicks.
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?