Subgenres of Terror 2016: 30 Best Monster Films

The following reviews were extracted from a database and formatted for this book. Tales of Terror (www.terror.ca) is a “gamified” tool designed for horror fans, students, authors and filmmakers. “Gamification” is the transformation and adaptation of tangible concepts into empirical games. This book covers franchise and public domain horror movies only. This rule ensures that each movie can be logically related and compared to another or grouped by similarity. Movies can therefore be classified, and sorted according to inherent properties.

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.
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