Subgenres of Terror, 2nd Edition: Musical Films

Included in this book are 40 reviews of horror and horror-adjacent musical films.

Musicals are a genre in which songs sung by the characters are interwoven into the narrative, sometimes accompanied by dancing.

Each book in the second edition of the Subgenres of Terror collection contains a thematic watchlist in which movies are sorted in order of preference.

Trick 'r Treat

A Halloween night turns into a blood bath for different groups of people connected to each other.

 

United States
2007
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
Supernatural
Anthology
Festivity: 
Halloween
Tale Amount: 
7
Stalker: 
Sneaker
Trespasser
Trickster: 
Impostor
Lurer
Prankster
Lycanthropy: 
Werewolf
Legend: 
Urban Legend

Opening

A couple pick a fight on Halloween night.

The Principal

A school principal lures a child with candy.

The School Bus Massacre Revisited

Teenagers pull a prank on their friend.

Surprise Party

A party in a remote location turns into a surprise event.

Meet Sam

A small creature punishes a man for not following the rules of Halloween.

Conclusion

A hermit distributes candy to scary trick-or-treaters.

7.04
One hell of a treat!
8
6
8
8
4
4
3

Opening

The Principal

The School Bus Massacre Revisited

Surprise Party

Meet Sam

Conclusion

Plot
Dialogue
Pace
This is one of the best horror anthology films ever made. It is right up there with Creepshow and Trilogy of Terror. It sets itself apart from the norm by the way it intertwines 6 segments. Things happen before, during and after another, and we’re never sure in which order. The script is brilliantly layered in a way to juxtapose stories seamlessly. Michael Dougherty orchestrates this like a king.
The photography is so precise and so optimized that Dougherty earns our attention from frame one. The scary parts are scary, the build-up is outstanding, the gore striking, the stories original and the twists surprising. Gore feels real and so does the rest of the effects. Trick ‘r Treat’s major flaw is that its tales feel incomplete despite an intention to innovate with a new kind of narrative.
Story 1 doesn’t stand on its own but sets the tone nicely. Story 2 is about a man who gives a kid poisoned candy. Story 3 follows a bunch of teenagers who play a prank on a friend. Story 4 is about a special party in a remote location. Story 5 introduces a small demonic character who will teach a hermit a lesson. This is the best story in the pack. Story 6 ties the last lose ends nicely.
Alternate Titles: 
Trick or Treat
Streaks of Terror 2019: My Favorite Horror Movie Franchises

Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Halloween, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Hellraiser, Child’s Play, Scream, Saw, Alien, Predator, Evil Dead – Film critic Steve Hutchison covers some of his favorite horror movie franchises, providing a synopsis, a review, and ranking all installments.

The Almanac of Terror 2019: 89 Years of Horror Movie Statistics

The following recommendation lists are based on 2000 horror movie reviews. They were extracted from a database and formatted for this book. Tales of Terror (www.terror.ca) is an online “gamified” tool designed for horror fans, students, authors and filmmakers. “Gamification” is the adaptation and transformation of tangible concepts into empirical games. Not unlike sport publications, fantasy leagues and role-playing games, the Almanac of Terror mixes and aggregates different statistics, facts, ratings and opinions. Most of the lists included in this book are sorted from best to worst according to their overall score. Some lists are sorted by pertinence. Our classification method uses genres, subgenres, ambiances and antagonists. Our different ratings are as follows: stars, story, creativity, action, quality, gimmick, and rewatchability. We sometimes use the “creepiness” factor when populating certain lists.

66 All-Japanese Horror Movies

This book contains 66 reviews of horror films written and ranked by critic and blogger Steve Hutchison. Each description includes five ratings (stars, story, creativity, acting, quality), a synopsis and a review. All 66 movies were produced exclusively by Japan. How many have you seen?

Trends of Terror 2019: 101 Horror Movies for Beginners

Have you been recently introduced to horror movies? You want to explore the genre and don’t know where to start? Here are 101 simple and accessible ranked horror movies you should definitely check out. How many have you seen?

66 All-British Horror Movies

This book contains 66 reviews of horror films written and ranked by critic and blogger Steve Hutchison. Each description includes five ratings (stars, story, creativity, acting, quality), a synopsis and a review. All 66 movies were produced exclusively by the United Kingdom. How many have you seen?