Terror in Black and White

This book contains 101 ranked reviews of horror and horror-adjacent black and white movies. The ranking is established by the sum of 8 ratings: stars, gimmick, rewatchability, creepiness, story, creativity, acting & quality. Each article contains a rating, a synopsis, and a short review.

Dead Night

A caring mother loses her sanity, setting off a dark chain of events.

 

United States
2017
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Relative: 
Mother
Father
Sibling
Trickster: 
Impostor
Lurer
Infected: 
Contagious
5.04
It's complicated...
6
3.04
7.04
6
1
2
3
Effects
Plot
Photography
For thirty minutes, there’s no rhyme or reason to this movie. It doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere concrete, but it’s not art-house either. It requires mental investment and a leap of faith. Whoever initially pitched this film must’ve felt resistance, because the hook is vague and insipid, and the big reveal comes late in the story. The writers beat around the bush.
Just know that your patience will pay off. This film will turn into something decent and interesting. That said, no matter how hard the creators try to get our attention, this is a complicated story. The script is weak. Some events are being told in a documentary, others happen live. We go back and forth narratively. Plot points and subplots pile up. Characters come out of nowhere.
It’s a well-made film. While most of the action takes place in a cottage and in the woods, the photography gives the impression that there’s more than meets the eye. The actors are talented. We’re talking Brea Grant, AJ Bowen and Barbara Crampton. Though convoluted, Dead Night has its heart in the right place. It’s not perfect, it’s confusing, but it’s unique.
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?

66 All-American 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 States. How many have you seen?