Taboos of Terror 2019: Shock, Sex & Terror

This book contains 160 horror movie reviews. These movies all contain shock, sex and gore. The reviews are sorted in order of preference. The ranking of each production is established by the sum of 7 types of ratings: stars, gimmick, rewatchability, story, creativity, acting & quality. Each film description contains a synopsis, a list of attributed genres, moods, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review. These films are not for the squeamish. You have been warned!

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.
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?

66 All-American 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 States. How many have you seen?