Faces of Terror 2018

This book presents 64 types of antagonists. Short lists of horror or horror-adjacent movies featuring these antagonists are suggested. The movies are ranked in order of preference. The antagonists are divided in five categories: viscera, society, science, folklore and afterlife.

Each film description contains a synopsis and a star rating.

Diary of the Dead

While shooting a movie, a group of film students end up in the middle of a zombie infestation.
United States
2007
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Catastrophes: 
Apocalypse
Extinction
Famine
Infestation
Infected: 
Contagious
Irradiated
Diseased
4
Survivalist filmmaking...
6
3.04
6
5.04
2
4
3
Effects
Ambiance
Photography
We’re deep into the Night of the Living Dead franchise, yet it feels like the epidemic just started. It is retold using the found footage format and by use of narrator; as a diary, as the title implies. There is innovation in adopting a regressive subgenre and format in the middle of a franchise known for its cohesion, especially when it is crafted by the hands of its creator, Romero himself.
This said, found footage breaks the series’ aesthetic uniformity as well as its many times established quality standards. The actors do well but the camera isn't flattering to them. The special effects often remind us of the big resumes behind the production in contrast to a cinematographic trend otherwise reserved to film students, aspiring filmmakers or as an easy cash-in for big studios.
This sequel alludes to or brings back elements we enjoyed in the past entries, but literally offers a new perspective. There is over-the-top humor and old horror cinema homages. Decades of shared film knowledge, research and discoveries led to a consensual cinematographic language that Diary of the Dead unfortunately wipes away. It’s a fun ride, but has little rewatch value for this reason.
Alternate Titles: 
George A. Romero's Diary of the Dead
Night of the Living Dead 5
Giants & Horror

Giants are beings of prodigious size and strength common in the mythology and legends of many cultures. They are a major archetype of horror movies. In this book, film critic Steve Hutchison reviews and ranks 50 of the best horror movies featuring giants ever released. How many have you seen?

Decades of Terror 2019: 2000's Slasher Films

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing slasher films from the 2000’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: 1990's Slasher Films

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing slasher 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?

Clowns & Horror

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Decades of Terror 2019: 1980's Slasher Films

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing slasher 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?