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.
It grows on you.
These days, nobody just “makes a werewolf film”. Writers, today, have to address lycanthropy in a broad context and with a unique perspective. Dances with Werewolves is a combination of old school and modern werewolf mythos. Its monsters are treated like vampires, succubi, and werewolves, in fact, combined into one species, fully aware of their affliction.
There’s a romantic lesbian vibe, but not down to the details, though most characters spend time horizontally. Everyone’s fucking, but there isn’t that much skin. The female characters are more interesting than their male counterparts, who are pretty much all arrogant and aggressive. There are virtually no transformation sequences, and the creature make-up is minimal but efficient.
The gore is intermittent, but it’s there. Most actors are convincing, but those who aren’t can be obnoxious. The character of Jay Nightraven, for instance, ruins the best moments. The acting is not always the problem. Sometime, the dialogue is cringe-worthy. The casting is not optimal. All in all, Dances with Werewolves is pretty competent and above par in this subgenre.