Shivers of Terror 2019: The Creepiest Horror Movies

This book contains 100 reviews. These are some of the scariest horror movies in history. The reviews are sorted in order of preference. The ranking of each film is determined by the sum of 7 ratings: stars, gimmick, rewatchability, story, creativity, acting & quality. Each film description contains a synopsis, a list of attributed genres, moods evoked, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review. These films are not for the squeamish. You have been warned!

Sinister

A writer investigates video footage portraying violent murders.

 

United States
United Kingdom
2012
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Animals: 
Dog
Snake
Stalker: 
Sneaker
Relative: 
Offspring
Catastrophes: 
Collapse
Dimensional: 
Static
Unknown
6
Found footage redefined!
6
6
7.04
7.04
2
3
4
Performances
Pace
Editing
Sinister builds ambiance and tension rather than relying exclusively on jump scares; a true challenge considering not much happens in this film. This is Ethan Hawk’s show. For most of the running time, we watch him react to the sadistic content of a series of reels in a dark room. He is a best-selling crime author investigating the dark past of his own house and is about to realize he shouldn’t.
Following a genre tradition, the movie has a mascot of its own; a scary villain called Mr. Boogie. He is the face of evil and a truly terrifying one. Sinister redefines the term "found footage". Here, old footage is found and constantly shown on screen but Ethan Hawk’s camera respects traditional film language. The footage itself contains creepy chanting and imagery right out of a nightmare.
Sinister contains the kind of scares that throw shivers down your spine. From creepy kids to creepy drawings, it knows where our sweet spot is. This is a slow burn horror movie that sometimes buys time but never gets boring. When all is said and done, not much happens here outside Ethan Hawk’s head, after all. It isn’t a bad thing, per say, but it can be an irritant for some viewers.
Decades of Terror 2019: 2000's Horror Movies

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing horror films from the 2000’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?

Shark Week 2019

Sharks can be giant, mutated, metallic, or prehistoric. Some of them live in tornadoes, some in the snow. Sharks are our friends, except when they’re hungry, which they usually are. If you show signs of weakness or aggression, you will be attacked. If you bleed, you will be attacked. Shark Week is the time of the year when you do not want to be swimming with sharks. In this book, I review 64 shark movies ranked from worst to decent. If you watch them in order, they will only get better.

Best of Terror 2019: Top 300 Horror Movies

The following recommendations are the best 15% of 1900 horror and horror-adjacent movies reviewed by Steve Hutchison. Movies are sorted according to the average of various ratings: overall, story, creativity, acting, quality, and rewatchability. How many have you seen?

Checklist of Terror 2019: Scientific Villains

This book contains ranked checklists of movies with aliens, giants, invaders, mutants, parasites, robots, dimensional beings, hybrids, infected people, invisible people, machines, and otherness. How many have you seen?

Decades of Terror 2019: 1990's Horror Movies

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing horror 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?