66 Amazing Surreal Horror Films

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 present a surreal threat. How many have you seen?

Deadly Detention

Five high school students are having detention in a former correctional facility and must outsmart an unseen menace out to kill them.
Feel-Good
Big Plot Twist
So Bad It's Good

 

United States
2017
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
Stalker: 
Sneaker
Trickster: 
Impostor
Lurer
5.04
Straight to jail!
5.04
5.04
6
7.04
3
4
3
Performances
Pace
Plot
Opossum infestation is a far-fetched pretext for confining teenagers in an abandoned prison for a whole day, but it gets the characters where they need to be for a great hook. Imagine Breakfast Club as a horror movie in a prison. I’m not even oversimplifying the gimmick. This film isn’t a masterpiece, but I underestimated it. It grew on me. Here’s why.
The characters are stereotypical, but allow a role reversal, revealing a script a little deeper than I expected. I thought all the actors were overacting, then I realized I was watching a comedy. This film is a little more than a succession of sarcasm, one-liners, pick-up lines, and clichés, but there’s a lot of that so you will be rolling your eyes.
Deadly Detention, AKA The Detained, is superficial and predictable, but not in a way that wrecks the experience. It’s not particularly tense, scary, or gory. It’s fun, funny, and kind of adorable. It’s energetic and effervescent, even when it gets dark. Its biggest flaw is that it goes on various tangents beyond its expiration date. It’s twenty minutes too long.
Alternate Titles: 
The Detained
Checklist of Terror 2019: Plausible Menace

Plausible threats, as opposed to supernatural or surreal ones, encompass all menaces whose existence can be or has been proven by science. Here’s a ranked watchlist of 413 plausible horror movies reviewed by film critic Steve Hutchison. How many have you seen?

Checklist of Terror 2019: Supernatural Menace

Supernatural threats, as opposed to plausible or surreal ones, encompass all menaces whose existence cannot be or hasn’t been proven by science. Here’s a ranked watchlist of 1272 supernatural horror movies reviewed by film critic Steve Hutchison. How many have you seen?

Decades of Terror 2019: 1990's Psychological Horror

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Decades of Terror 2019: 1980's Psychological Horror

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing psychological horror films from the 1980’s. Each film is analyzed and discussed with a synopsis and a rating. The movies are ranked from best to worst. How many have you seen?

Guess the Horror Movie: 400 Pixelated Puzzles

This book contains 400 puzzles. Guess the name of each horror film based on the pixelated picture, its released year, and its synopsis. Write the title in the boxes below the clues. Puzzles tend to get more difficult as you progress. Answers can be found in the last pages.