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.
Feel her pain!
Rabid has moments of absolute horror that will send shivers down your spine and make you appreciate your life, because however shitty your day was, it probably wasn’t this bad. The moment you connect with Laura Vandervoort’s character, you’re going to have your heart broken again and again. This being a remake of his work, we feel Cronenberg’s influence, but with a totally different aura.
The word “transformation” is used to describe Vandervoort’s journey, which really comes down to body horror as far as we’re concerned. Since this was written and directed by the Soska sisters, the movie takes a feminist turn sooner than later. Men are either idiots or assholes and deserve whatever punishment comes their way. If this floats your boat, you’ll really want to see Rabid.
Rabid is what zombie flicks would feel like if they had an ounce of creativity. The only thing that brings this movie down is the abundance of nightmares. They’re inconsequential. They’re the most extreme scenes of this film, yet they’re meaningless. Rabid will shock you and disgust you, but it’s also likely to lose traction as it goes. It’s well-written, well-shot, but it’s not for everyone.