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 in the air
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?