Anthologies of Terror 2016

This book includes 54 horror anthology film reviews. The movies are sorted in order of preference. The ranking of each film is established by the sum of 7 ratings: stars, gimmick, rewatchability, story, creativity, acting and quality.

Each film description contains a synopsis, a list of attributed genres, pertinent moods, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review.

Take Shelter

Plagued by apocalyptic visions, a husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself.

 

United States
2011
Feature Film
Realism: 
Surreal
Animals: 
Bird
Catastrophes: 
Apocalypse
Crash
Tornado
Storm
Dimensional: 
Nightmare
5.04
The film that never ends...
5.04
5.04
7.04
6
1
1
2
Performances
Plot
Dialogue
This is the stuff that keeps environmentalists awake at night. Watch Michael Shannon looking confused and having vivid dreams for two hours while his wife, played by Jessica Chastain, probably considers divorcing him. The coolest scenes are just nightmares. Could they be premonitions? Is Shannon on the brink of a psychosis? Is this an apocalyptic movie, or one about a crazy man?
Take Shelter is way too lengthy for what it has to say. It’s not a saga. It’s not legendary. Nothing substantial happens for most of the running time. Michael Shannon gave the same performance in 2006’s Bug. Ultimately, this script raises one question: are we watching a drama or a horror movie? We’re either dealing with a supernatural element or we’re not.
Calling it a slow-burning thriller would be an understatement. At the risk of spoiling some crucial elements of the film, not much happens here besides good acting. Mental disease is the main theme, and that is terrifying in itself. On the plus side, the family we get to know we end up caring for, because whatever threatens them may separate them, in the end, and that is spine-chilling...
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