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?

Amusement

Three women share a dark fate.

 

United States
2008
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
Anthology
Tale Amount: 
3
Sadist: 
Rigger
Torturer
Trickster: 
Impostor
Lurer
Prankster
Clown: 
Buffoon
Object: 
Musical Instrument

Shelby

A couple on a road trip joins a convoy and soon regrets their choice.

Tabitha

A babysitter is scared of a human-size clown.

Lisa

A woman looks for her missing friend in an old hotel.

6
Nothing but fun!
5.04
5.04
7.04
7.04
3
4
3

Shelby

Tabitha

Lisa

Photography
Plot
Performances
Amusement is one of the best horror anthology movies to feature plausible content exclusively. The wrap around story is smart. It blends gradually and seamlessly. A few screenwriters have attempted this in recent years but rarely with so much tact and such good pacing. Amusement was directed by someone who definitely knows what he’s doing and was written just as brilliantly.
There are three segments, here. The first is about a couple on a road trip who accept to travel in a convoy and soon regret their choice. The second is about a babysitter who is terrorized by a human-size clown doll that may be alive. The last one tells the story of a couple who go looking for their missing friend inside a hotel whose owner they find suspicious.
The killer, AKA “The Laugh”, is played by an unrecognizable Keir O’Donnell, who proved to be a true chameleon. He is unidentifiable, even in plain sight. He sometimes wears prosthetics or is otherwise filmed in a way to partially conceal his face. This is a visual challenge whose success is hard to predict on paper, so the film deserves to be praised for it.
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.