Camp of Terror 2018

This book includes 195 dark movies so bad they’re good.

Sorted in order of preference and reviewed, each film description contains a synopsis, a list of genres it belongs to, a list of ambiances involved, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review.

These films are not for the squeamish. You have been warned!

Ouija

A group of friends awaken the powers of an ancient oracle.

 

United States
2014
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Dimensional: 
Reflection
Spirit
Object: 
Ouija Board
4
Board out of your mind...
6
3.04
7.04
7.04
2
4
3
Performances
Plot
Effects
With its cookie-cutter screenplay, Ouija feels like a ninety minute long publicity for Hasbro’s classic divining tool. It’s not particularly gory, it’s not particularly frightening, the scares are sparse, the characters are generic and not much worth mentioning happens until the second half. The board is just a pretext for another paint-by-number ghost story.
Ouija doesn’t earn its jump scares any more than it earns our sympathy when people start dying. There should be less talking about the board and more using it. Another thing that ruins this film is an obsession to investigate and explain everything. This faux pas makes us lose interest and deviates our attention to the wrong places. We came here for a movie about a cursed toy. That’s it.
Movies should be named accordingly to avoid creating false hope. The makers knew what their mission was and they failed to deliver. The actors do a fine job. The photographer, the director and the rest of the crew all are on top of their game. So where did this go wrong? Perhaps aiming for a PG-13 rating was the ultimate mistake, but then Hasbro needed the teenage audience to sell its product...
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.

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