Years of Terror 2016: 180 Horror Movie Recommendations, 36 Years of Pure Terror

This book contains 180 horror movie reviews; five of the best releases for each year between 1980 and 2016. Each film description contains a synopsis, a list of attributed genres, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review.

A Horrible Way to Die

An escaped murderer is looking for his ex-girlfriend, who has fled to start a new life in a small town.

 

United States
2010
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
Cultists: 
Worshipper
Trickster: 
Impostor
Lurer
5.04
Stop shaking!
3.04
5.04
7.04
5.04
2
2
3
Performances
Photography
Ambiance
One too many flashbacks, too much editing, a bad habit of not sticking with the most interesting timeline, the present; A Horrible Way to Die has a tendency to get on one’s nerves. The movie holds back for a good half hour before delivering decent exposition, and even then, we never get to know the characters. This is a simple story but it’s not all linear and that can be confusing.
Several shaky close-ups are used to hide things that aren’t there; set design and extras, for example. These shots do not convey emotions, aside dread and depression, and add nothing to the story. This is something found footage films got us used to, except that this isn’t a found footage film. While the camera is extremely contemplative, it shouldn’t shake when there is no tension.
The three main actors are very talented and they’re the first reason this film works. The second reason is the script. It is lean and realistic, yet it has its surprises. Ultimately, it’s the directing that kills it and the reason behind it may very well be financial. A Horrible Way to Die is passable and forgettable. A bigger budget wouldn’t have hurt.
History of Terror 2019: 1900 Bite-Sized Movie Reviews

Included in this book are 1900 bite-sized reviews of horror and horror-adjacent films sorted by release date. The reviews consist of 8 ratings.

Subgenres of Terror, 2nd Edition: Time Travel Films

Included in this book are 40 reviews of horror and horror-adjacent time travel films.

Time travel films focus on the consequences of traveling into the past or the future.

Each book in the second edition of the Subgenres of Terror collection contains a thematic watchlist in which movies are sorted in order of preference.

Subgenres of Terror, 2nd Edition: Musical Films

Included in this book are 40 reviews of horror and horror-adjacent musical films.

Musicals are a genre in which songs sung by the characters are interwoven into the narrative, sometimes accompanied by dancing.

Each book in the second edition of the Subgenres of Terror collection contains a thematic watchlist in which movies are sorted in order of preference.

Subgenres of Terror, 2nd Edition: Torture Films

Included in this book are 80 reviews of horror and horror-adjacent torture films.

In torture films, sadistic violence or torture is a central aspect of the plot.

Each book in the second edition of the Subgenres of Terror collection contains a thematic watchlist in which movies are sorted in order of preference.

Subgenres of Terror, 2nd Edition: Claustrocore Films

Included in this book are 80 reviews of horror and horror-adjacent claustrocore films.

Claustrocore films are about people stuck in one place for most of the running time.

Each book in the second edition of the Subgenres of Terror collection contains a thematic watchlist in which movies are sorted in order of preference.