Masters of Terror 2017: Stephen King's Filmography

This book contains the synopses and reviews of the darkest films in Stephen King’s filmography. The listings are ranked from best to worst.

Otis

A young woman gets kidnapped by a mad man.
United States
2008
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
Sadist: 
Master
Rigger
Torturer
Stalker: 
Sneaker
Trickster: 
Impostor
6
Off the chain!
4
5.04
7.04
7.04
2
2
3
Performances
Editing
Ambiance
What a strange film this is. It seems uncertain whether it wants to be a comedy or a drama. The score seems to point to the former option, because without the upbeat, and sometimes cartoonish music, Otis would be a pretty grim movie. It’s almost like the creators figured out, a little too late, that the taboos wouldn’t be positively acclaimed and decided to pimp the film in post.
This movie is about a kidnapper and how small his penis is. He’s a rapist… sort of. We kind of assume that, from the get go, and it gets addressed in dialogue at some point. The comedy is on and off. The tone ranges from hilarious to sinister, and the shift is usually abrupt. Nutcase Otis basically simulates the all-American college years he never had and it involves third base.
The family members are an odd casting choice, and their arc slows down the main one. They’re basically helping detectives find their missing daughter. We’re talking Illeana Douglas as the mother and Daniel Stern as the father. What a pair! It’s hard to keep a straight face with these two around. All in all, this is a fun film but it contains shocking themes. Beware.
Subgenres of Terror, 2nd Edition: Futuristic Films

<p>Included in this book are 49 reviews of horror and horror-adjacent futuristic films.</p><p>Futuristic films are films with settings beyond the year they were released or made, even if that setting is now in the past, and films with a futuristic setting despite of unspecified date.</p><p>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.</p>

Subgenres of Terror, 2nd Edition: Found Footage Films

Included in this book are 64 reviews of horror and horror-adjacent found footage films.

Found footage is a film subgenre in which all or a substantial part of the work is presented as if it were discovered film or video recordings.

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.

Masters of Terror 2019: Lloyd Kaufman's Filmography

This book contains the synopses and reviews of the darkest films in Lloyd Kaufman’s filmography. The listings are ranked from best to worst.

Decades of Terror: 1930-2019

Steve Hutchison analyzed horror movie decades between the 1930’s and 2019 and came up with ranked lists. Each film description contains a synopsis, attributed genres, a list of ambiances involved, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review.

Realms of Terror: Dark Adventure Movies 2019

These are 100 of the best dark adventure movies, in order of preference. How many have you seen? Reviews and ratings by horror host Steve Hutchison are included.