Years of Terror 2018: 195 Horror Movie Recommendations, 39 Years of Pure Terror

This book contains 195 horror and horror-adjacent movie reviews; five of the best releases for each year between 1980 and 2018. Each film description contains a synopsis, a list of attributed genres, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review.

Mortuary

A family moves to a small town where they plan on starting a new life while running an abandoned funeral home.

 

United States
2005
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Relative: 
Mother
Infected: 
Contagious
4
Dead ahead...
6
3.04
7.04
7.04
2
3
3
Effects
Performances
Pace
This starts out like your typical 1980’s horror flick, despite having been released in 2005. For a zombie film, it is rather imaginative. There is more than meets the eye, when it comes to Mortuary, but that doesn’t make it great. Denise Crosby doesn’t want to be here. She was sincerer in Pet Sematary. We don’t buy her as a mother, nor do we buy her as a thanatologist.
The teenagers have more interesting arcs and, at some point, this film becomes about them. There are clichés at every corner but the screenplay is sprinkled with stuff we haven’t seen many times before, like the way the disease spreads; with black “blood” that crawls on the walls until it reaches a corpse or a living person, turning them into zombies.
The goofy moments are kind of awkward in contrast with a rather serious ambiance. The tone is irregular. The movie is rather slow until it reaches the second half, at which point it really becomes its own thing. Very atmospheric, mildly scary and sporadically cheesy, this production, directed by Tobe Hooper, is worth watching, though it may leave you wanting more.
Checklist of Terror 2019: Plausible Menace

Plausible threats, as opposed to supernatural or surreal ones, encompass all menaces whose existence can be or has been proven by science. Here’s a ranked watchlist of 413 plausible horror movies reviewed by film critic Steve Hutchison. How many have you seen?

Checklist of Terror 2019: Supernatural Menace

Supernatural threats, as opposed to plausible or surreal ones, encompass all menaces whose existence cannot be or hasn’t been proven by science. Here’s a ranked watchlist of 1272 supernatural horror movies reviewed by film critic Steve Hutchison. How many have you seen?

Decades of Terror 2019: 1990's Psychological Horror

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing psychological horror 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?

Decades of Terror 2019: 1980's Psychological Horror

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing psychological horror films from the 1980’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?

Guess the Horror Movie: 400 Pixelated Puzzles

This book contains 400 puzzles. Guess the name of each horror film based on the pixelated picture, its released year, and its synopsis. Write the title in the boxes below the clues. Puzzles tend to get more difficult as you progress. Answers can be found in the last pages.