Legacy of Terror 2018

This book contains the reviews of 100 sequels, 20 prequels and 60 remakes.

For each category, installments are sorted in order of preference. The ranking of each film is established by the sum of 8 types of ratings: stars, gimmick, rewatchability, story, creativity, acting, quality and creepiness.

Each film description contains a synopsis, a list of attributed genres, a list of moods, eight ratings and a three-paragraph review.

Goosebumps

A teenager teams up with the daughter of young adult horror author after the writer's monsters are set free in the real world.
Feel-Good
Horror for Beginners
Creature Feature

 

United States
Australia
2015
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Kid Friendly
Animals: 
Bat
Dog
Imaginary
Insects: 
Imaginary
Mantis
Relative: 
Father
Dimensional: 
Meta
Unknown
Fluids: 
Ooze
Giant: 
Colossus
Kaiju
Plant: 
Carnivorous Plant
Vine
Robot: 
Social Robot
Artificial Intelligence
Lycanthropy: 
Werewolf
Clown: 
Buffoon
Dolls: 
Ventriloquist dummy
Legend: 
Myth
Object: 
Book
Garment
Psychics: 
Telekinetic
Statues: 
Sculpture
Toys: 
Toy Robot
Wizards: 
Evoker
Transmuter
6
A real page-turner!
8
5.04
8
8
3
4
2
Effects
Dialogue
Plot
This film, as intended, is very much in the spirit of the Goosebumps books. This is true of the monsters, especially, but not the stories. There are no real subplots, here, only the main plotline. The characters are colorful and witty, and the dialogue is fun. The film is well-written and directed dynamically. There are several action scenes; all perfectly coordinated.
The special effects are exciting. They are mostly computer generated and that’s not really a problem, since the movie isn’t trying to scare us as much as it attempts to fascinate us with twists and turns we don’t see coming. There are minor plot holes, here and there; things that happen only for the camera, for example, but nothing that can’t be overlooked.
At the image of R.L. Stine’s series of books, this is a real page-turner. It’s a roller coaster ride and a trip to the funhouse all rolled into one. The only bad thing about this film is its pretension in crediting its author for common horror film cliches. The Goosebumps books are mostly homages to popular ideas. Their antagonists are nothing new but that doesn’t diminish the brand.
My Movie Reviews

Be your own film critic!

• Record the movies you see.
• Break them down and analyze them.
• Categorize them.
• Share your movie journal with friends.
• 200 pages, 6" x 9"

My Nightmare Diary

• Write about your nightmares in this dream diary. Write about places, people, and what scared you. Draw pictures of your nightmares.
• A great notebook to keep at your bedside to record your dreams and analyze them.
• 120 pages, 6" x 9"

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