Subgenres of Terror 2016: 30 Best Haunting 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.

Murder Made Easy

With her lover’s help, a woman hosts an elaborate dinner party for her friends on the anniversary of her dead husband.
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United States
2017
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
Trickster: 
Impostor
Lurer
Prankster
4
Murder in the air
4
4
6
4
2
2
2
Ambiance
Dialogue
Plot
Say what you will about this film, there’s nothing quite like it out there. The camera glides, the score injects comedy in an otherwise serious story, the pacing is tight, but not too tight; nothing here feels rehashed. Nothing feels reheated. Murder Made Easy is a relatively short feature film, and it’s relatively simple. It’s about a couple and those they invited for dinner.
Now, this is a horror movie and the night won’t be peaceful. There’s murder in the air. This feels like a murder-mystery, in fact, but without the mystery. It’s lavish and romantic. The characters are well-groomed and are being served mouth-watering meals. There’s a séance, at some point, that no one takes seriously, and a bunch of other red herrings that keep us guessing.
Murder Made Easy would make Hitchcock proud. It’s about a streak of cold-blooded murders performed by two passionate lovers. It’s not gory, it’s not scary, it’s not tense, but it’s dark and sinister. It’s cool and laid-back, but it’s horror, nonetheless. One question arises constantly, though: what’s the point? Those murders appear gratuitous. What motivates the killing? Why don’t you find out?
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?