This book contains 160 horror movie reviews. These movies all contain shock, sex and gore. The reviews are sorted in order of preference. The ranking of each production is established by the sum of 7 types of ratings: stars, gimmick, rewatchability, story, creativity, acting & quality. Each film description contains a synopsis, a list of attributed genres, moods, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review. These films are not for the squeamish. You have been warned!
A love and hate thing
This is not straight horror, but it’s based on a novel by Shirley Jackson, known for her supernatural stories. Taissa Farmiga plays a witch, Merricat, or at least that’s what she thinks she is. Her dysfunctional family has sustained itself through the years with an inheritance, but somehow Farmiga’s character still has to walk great distances to do groceries.
Crispin Glover’s character suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. He, Alexandra Daddario, and Taissa Farmiga give good but strange performances. They are basically 1960’s weirdos with redundant routines. The dialogue is amusing. Everyone, here, is either unhinged or an asshole. Merricat, for example, knows a lot about magic spells and poisons, but that never helps her achieve anything.
These characters have little to no arc. This is a good drama that dips its toes in various other genres, but, when all is said and done, it is kind of pointless. It is unpredictable because there is nothing to predict. That said, it is time well spent. It’s all style and no substance, and sometimes that’s fine. We’re talking 80% exposition, then an extreme ending out of left field.