Faces of Terror 2018

This book presents 64 types of antagonists. Short lists of horror or horror-adjacent movies featuring these antagonists are suggested. The movies are ranked in order of preference. The antagonists are divided in five categories: viscera, society, science, folklore and afterlife.

Each film description contains a synopsis and a star rating.

The Conjuring

A pair of paranormal investigators help a family rid their home of an evil entity.
Horror for Beginners
United States
2013
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Animals: 
Bird
Stalker: 
Sneaker
Relative: 
Mother
Trickster: 
Impostor
Lurer
Prankster
Catastrophes: 
Accident
Collapse
Dimensional: 
Hellish
Spirit
Unknown
Dolls: 
Bisque Doll
Object: 
Garment
Psychics: 
Hypnotist
Telekinetic
Toys: 
Music Box
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Photography
Pace
Ambiance
The Conjuring wastes no time crafting a peculiar ambiance and gets creepy early on. Keen photo, "next-door" protagonists and a rigorous script keep us away from the reveal of a terrifying creature that barely manifests itself. The first act is tense, yet almost exclusively generates suspense by foreshadowing the supernatural; a calculated illusion that the camera brilliantly imposes on us.
The production isn’t flawless. It innovates on a cinematographic level but the story ventures nowhere new. It is your quintessential horror drama about hauntings and possession, yet it never fully reveals or justifies its multiple threats. Subplots and monsters are injected and not given a consequential purpose or arc. This is a work of atmosphere; logic and answers are secondary.
The thick and stagnant drama leaves little room for fun and humor. Director James Wan offers refreshing visual updates on famous clichés that should please both the nostalgic crowd and horror newcomers who like to shiver. It’s a delicious and deliberate mix of Poltergeist, The Exorcist and The Amityville Horror sexied up with scenes right out of The Shining, The Evil Dead and Child’s Play.
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