Amazing Plausible, Supernatural, and Surreal Horror Films

This book contains 66 reviews of plausible horror films, 66 reviews of supernatural horror films, and 66 reviews of surreal horror films written and ranked by critic and blogger Steve Hutchison. Each description includes five ratings (stars, story, creativity, acting, quality), a synopsis, and a review. How many have you seen?

Drowning Echo

A haunted pool unleashes a dangerous water elemental.

 

United States
2019
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Relative: 
Father
Offspring
Fluids: 
Water
3.04
Against the flow
6
3.04
4
4
1
2
2
Effects
Dialogue
Plot
Believe it or not, there are scarier things living in the water than sharks. What if water itself was the enemy? The nature of the antagonist remains a mystery for a good while. It is so off-the-wall that it can disappoint if the intention was to scare. The film is thirty minutes too long and should’ve been closely edited. The script wasn’t tight enough to start with.
The creators sometimes resort to heavy compositing to compensate for practical effects the budget won’t allow. This is an ambitious script, but it could’ve used more care. Now, like good magicians, the writers are drawing our attention to their left hand, where we expect one thing, and sucker punching us with seemingly unrelated subplots with their right fist.
Whoever was in charge of location scouting did a bang-up job. Most of the action takes place in and around an apartment complex with vast swimming pools. There’s water wherever you look, and it makes you want to dive in. Ultimately, this film is way too complicated. There are two or three stories in this, and only one is worth telling. Our time is spent in all the wrong places.
Alternate Titles: 
Nereus
Streaks of Terror 2019: My Favorite Horror Movie Franchises

Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Halloween, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Hellraiser, Child’s Play, Scream, Saw, Alien, Predator, Evil Dead – Film critic Steve Hutchison covers some of his favorite horror movie franchises, providing a synopsis, a review, and ranking all installments.

The Almanac of Terror 2019: 89 Years of Horror Movie Statistics

The following recommendation lists are based on 2000 horror movie reviews. They were extracted from a database and formatted for this book. Tales of Terror (www.terror.ca) is an online “gamified” tool designed for horror fans, students, authors and filmmakers. “Gamification” is the adaptation and transformation of tangible concepts into empirical games. Not unlike sport publications, fantasy leagues and role-playing games, the Almanac of Terror mixes and aggregates different statistics, facts, ratings and opinions. Most of the lists included in this book are sorted from best to worst according to their overall score. Some lists are sorted by pertinence. Our classification method uses genres, subgenres, ambiances and antagonists. Our different ratings are as follows: stars, story, creativity, action, quality, gimmick, and rewatchability. We sometimes use the “creepiness” factor when populating certain lists.

66 All-Japanese Horror Movies

This book contains 66 reviews of horror films written and ranked by critic and blogger Steve Hutchison. Each description includes five ratings (stars, story, creativity, acting, quality), a synopsis and a review. All 66 movies were produced exclusively by Japan. How many have you seen?

Trends of Terror 2019: 101 Horror Movies for Beginners

Have you been recently introduced to horror movies? You want to explore the genre and don’t know where to start? Here are 101 simple and accessible ranked horror movies you should definitely check out. How many have you seen?

66 All-British Horror Movies

This book contains 66 reviews of horror films written and ranked by critic and blogger Steve Hutchison. Each description includes five ratings (stars, story, creativity, acting, quality), a synopsis and a review. All 66 movies were produced exclusively by the United Kingdom. How many have you seen?