Anthologies of Terror 2017

This book includes 63 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.

Don't Knock Twice

Desperate to reconnected with her troubled daughter, a woman meddles with an urban legend involving a demonic witch.

 

United Kingdom
2016
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Dimensional: 
Hellish
Legend: 
Urban Legend
Psychics: 
Illusionist
Telekinetic
Wizards: 
Abjurer
5.04
Knock, knock, who's bored?
6
3.04
7.04
7.04
1
1
3
Photography
Plot
Effects
Don’t Knock Twice is a cookie-cutter, formulaic, urban legend-based supernatural thriller so cliched you get the feeling you’ve already seen it. I mean, you could tell from the title, couldn’t you? This kind of narrative structure only works on people who rarely watch horror movies, but mainstream audiences don’t revisit these flicks. They’re fast food. They’re processed cheese.
Blood coming out of a faucet, foreshadowing, hallucinations, more hallucinations, nightmares, more nightmares; everything to postpone the death scenes and anything that comes with consequences, because consequences move plots forward. With Don’t Knock Twice, it’s always two steps forward and one step back. It’s interminable. It’s frustrating.
Well, the movie isn’t all bad. It has good production value. It’s high-caliber filmmaking. It looks like a million bucks! There are several moments of tension, usually followed by good jump scares. No, it’s not all bad, but it’s predictable. It’s uninspired. It’s your typical haunted house flick. Whatever hook the film introduced is dropped pretty early and forgotten.
Realms of Terror: Horror-Adjacent 2019

Included in this book are 141 reviews of horror-adjacent films. Horror-adjacent films are mixes of comedy, drama, adventure, action, thriller, fantasy, and science fiction. They are dark enough to entertain horror movie fans but can’t exactly be called horror. How many have you seen?

Decades of Terror 2019: 1990's Monster Films

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing monster 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?

Christmas Horror Watchlist 2019

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but this list is so delightful. And since you’ve no place to go, here are 60 ranked reviews of Christmas-themed horror movies. Ho, ho, ho! This year, get ready for the horrorthon of a lifetime! Naughty or nice?

Halloween Horror Watchlist 2019

An excellent way to celebrate All Hallows' Eve all through October, this book contains 53 ranked reviews of Halloween-themed horror movies. This year, get ready for the horrorthon of a lifetime!

Trends of Terror 2019: 150 Movies So Bad They’re Good

I hope you like cheese. This book is full of it. In this edition of Trends of Terror, film critic Steve Hutchison reviews 150 horror and horror-adjacent movies so bad they’re good, sorted from best to worst. How many have you seen?