Aliens & Horror

Aliens, or extraterrestrial beings, are forms of life which did not originate on Earth. They are a major archetype of horror movies. In this book, film critic Steve Hutchison reviews and ranks 50 of the best horror movies featuring aliens ever released. How many have you seen?

Circus Kane

A reclusive circus master invites a group of social media stars to his haunted attraction.
So Bad It's Good

 

United States
2017
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
Trickster: 
Gamemaster
Impostor
Lurer
Prankster
Clown: 
Buffoon
Jester
Dolls: 
Plush
Toys: 
Jack-in-the-box
4
Death-in-the-box!
6
4
5.04
4
2
4
3
Ambiance
Dialogue
Effects
I’ve rarely seen such an ambitious film with such a small budget. It probably couldn’t afford the marketing it deserves, so every review helps spreading the word. A lot of effort, love, and inspiration went into this, and certainly not in vain. Now, the premise is nothing new; a bunch of young adults are lured in a deadly escape room. Saw and Cube started this trend. Many followed.
There’s awful dialogue coming from the mouths of bad actors playing unidimensional characters. The comic reliefs aren’t that funny, the heroes aren’t that stoic, and the fat guy is hungry. The compositing is abysmal. Whatever effects were used to make live camera streams appear covered by VHS degradation just doesn’t make sense, and it looks terrible anyway.
The creators would like us to believe that the protagonists are stuck in a reinforced maze, but we never get that impression. The walls look like they’re made of gyprock; the traps of plastic, and some mannequins are obviously people in suits. But this is part of the fun. These flaws do not ruin the experience at all. I had a good time, in fact, and I recommend it. It's so bad it's good!
Alternate Titles: 
The Circus Games
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?