Quintessence of Terror: Scary Antagonists 2019

This book contains several horror movie lists sorted by antagonist types. While these movies aren’t the cream of the crop, they are nevertheless considered quintessential. These simple movies were selected by Tales of Terror’s algorithm out of 2000 reviews by horror critic Steve Hutchison. They are not necessarily the best in their category; they’re the ones you probably haven’t seen. They’re the ones begging to be discovered. The goal of this guide is to celebrate the underdogs and to discover hidden gems.

Carrie

A bullied teenage girl going through a rough puberty discovers she has psychic powers.
Horror for Beginners
United States
2013
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Festivity: 
Prom Night
Sadist: 
Rigger
Torturer
Stalker: 
Sneaker
Trespasser
Cultists: 
Worshipper
Relative: 
Mother
Trickster: 
Lurer
Prankster
Dimensional: 
Hellish
Fluids: 
Blood
6
A bloody coming-of-age!
6
5.04
8
8
3
3
3
Photography
Editing
Effects
This is more a remake of 1976's Carrie than it is a re-imagining of Stephen King's novel by the same name. It's the 4th retelling of a classic horror story in which we impersonate a potential villain; not so much a heroine. Carrie is not only telekinetic, she can heat metal and behaves like a witch. There is some hinting at demonic possession, but the subject is never fully developed.
Early on, Carrie is bullied and not only bombarded by tampons, but filmed half-naked in the gym showers by her classmates. By implication, it drives Carrie in a yet unsurpassed state of rage, considering this film comes out in an age of internet and unlimited video duplication. Performances are the best thing about Carrie. Chloë Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore are giving everything they've got!
It's the best looking of the 4 films, but the editing is rough on the eyes and the ending doesn't feel deserved, perhaps by lack of suspense. It's also the most formulaic. It's the superficial Hollywood version, you could say. Don't look back and enjoy this one for what it is. Despite its counterintuitive casting, the hand-picked stars do a superb job with a simple script and juvenile dialogue.
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