Quintessence of Terror: Dark Subgenres 2018

This book contains lists of quintessential horror movies ranked by simplicity and subdivided by subgenres. The level of simplicity/complexity is calculated by the sum of four classification types: 8 moods, 9 genres, 27 subgenres and 64 antagonists.

Each listed movie includes a list of moods, genres, a synopsis, a review and eight ratings: stars, story, creativity, acting, quality, rewatchability, creepiness and gimmick.

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
Dialog
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?
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