The Almanac of Terror 2015: 85 Years of Horror Movie Statistics

The Almanac of Terror mixes and aggregates different statistics on horror and horror-adjacent movies. Most of the lists included in this book are sorted according to their overall score.

Our classification method combines genres, subgenres, ambiances and antagonists. Our different ratings are: stars, story, creativity, action, quality, creepiness and rewatchability.

The Conjuring

A pair of paranormal investigators help a family rid their home of an evil entity.
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
7.04
Have a blast from the past!
7.04
6
8
8
2
3
4
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.
Realms of Terror: Horror-Adjacent 2019

Included in this book are 141 reviews of horror-adjacent films. Horror-adjacent films are mixes of comedy, drama, adventure, action, thriller, fantasy, and science fiction. They are dark enough to entertain horror movie fans but can’t exactly be called horror. How many have you seen?

Decades of Terror 2019: 1990's Monster Films

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing monster films from the 1990’s. Each film is analyzed and discussed with a synopsis and a rating. The movies are ranked from best to worst. How many have you seen?

Christmas Horror Watchlist 2019

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but this list is so delightful. And since you’ve no place to go, here are 60 ranked reviews of Christmas-themed horror movies. Ho, ho, ho! This year, get ready for the horrorthon of a lifetime! Naughty or nice?

Halloween Horror Watchlist 2019

An excellent way to celebrate All Hallows' Eve all through October, this book contains 53 ranked reviews of Halloween-themed horror movies. This year, get ready for the horrorthon of a lifetime!

Trends of Terror 2019: 150 Movies So Bad They’re Good

I hope you like cheese. This book is full of it. In this edition of Trends of Terror, film critic Steve Hutchison reviews 150 horror and horror-adjacent movies so bad they’re good, sorted from best to worst. How many have you seen?