This book contains a checklist of vampire, werewolf and zombie films sorted in order of preference. The ranking is established by the sum of 8 ratings: stars, gimmick, rewatchability, story, creativity, acting, quality and creepiness. How many have you seen?
Rocks the house!
For more than half the running time, we don’t have the slightest clue what this movie is about. There’s a dead girl in the backyard, but we’re too busy getting to know Raymond’s family to give a damn. Matthew Gray Gubler plays the main protagonist, a lazy hipster who always has the last word. Ray Wise is the funniest character. He plays his mean and arrogant father. Loved to hate him!
The characters are all colorful, regardless of their status. The casting is gold. We’re talking Kat Dennings, the sidekick barmaid and love interest, Barbara Niven, the disillusioned mother, Ray Santiago, the friendly Mexican worker. Muse Watson, Jeffrey Combs, and John Waters show up. Virtually everyone’s an asshole. The film would be nothing without good acting. Fear is secondary.
Suburban Gothic borrows tropes from zombie, demon, and ghost movies. There’s a good variety of well-crafted special effects. While the second half of the film has all the paranormal stuff, this one is all about exposition. This is one of writer and director Richard Bates Jr.’s best creations. He’s been known to tackle the horror genre with amazing hooks and solid execution. This is no exception.