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!
Fall under the spell!
In 1630’s New England, a family of puritans undergo the deepest mindfuck. We’re exposed to the same mystery they are, and we try to make sense of it all. Some answers may never come, and some will require all your attention. The family is haunted by the fear and ravages of starvation, excommunication, and sin. Their crops are dying, and so are they.
There are biblical allegories at every turn, and witchcraft thrown in for good measure. Robert Eggers, writer and director, wants to relate history more than he wants to scare. On one hand, he will alienate a portion of horror fandom, with a hybrid of genres; on the other, his film is an award magnet. The Witch has excellent actors, a good script, and looks inexpensive.
The vocabulary and the grammar are period accurate. At least, they seem to be. Lots of research went in there. You might want to turn on subtitles. How they got kids to speak the dialect is beyond me. If you’re contemplating this movie like you would a conventional horror movie, you’re going to be reaching for milestones that aren’t there. You can count the scares on one hand.