Icons of Terror 2019: 20 Horror Movie Franchises Featuring Legendary Modern Monsters

The following pages analyze 125 horror films grouped in 20 franchises. These franchises feature an antagonist, or villain, who has been present in all or most films. These antagonists are so iconic that they have, in all cases, generated multiple sequels. All movies contained in this book are rated, ranked and compared to each other.

It Knows

A woman has visions of her traumatic past.
Psychological Thriller

 

United States
2018
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Relative: 
Father
3.04
Take your pills!
5.04
4
6
4
1
1
2
Dialogue
Pace
Editing
When you mix sadness and fear, you’re pretty much always guaranteed to get a strong intellectual response. Some people have been brutalized; some have dealt with mental illness; some have even witnessed murder. Claire has been through all of it, and now she faces a new problem of supernatural proportions; something that has to do with her upbringing.
Some will be more affected than others. The film is emotionally charged. It’s filled with rage and despair. It will probably strike a chord with the right audience. Some may not yet be ready for this film, and some never will be. It’s a particularly well-edited mindfuck that just so happens to rely heavily on editing. Flashback, visions, past and present converging; this is a complex narrative.
This being a low-budget independent film, discussions and monologue flow better than action and horror do. The special effects are scarce, the gore is limited, and terror is implicit. The creators know what they can and can’t do, and they are in control. This is a modest film leveraged by dialogue. You might need Prozac after this one. It’s quite depressing!
Decades of Terror 2019: 1990's Supernatural Horror

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing supernatural horror films from the 1990’s. Each film is analyzed and discussed with a synopsis and a rating. The movies are ranked from best to worst. How many have you seen?

Decades of Terror 2019: 1980's Supernatural Horror

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing supernatural horror films from the 1980’s. Each film is analyzed and discussed with a synopsis and a rating. The movies are ranked from best to worst. How many have you seen?

Apocalyptic War

Two popular subgenres converge. Film critic Steve Hutchison covers 50 excellent apocalyptic war films and ranks them mathematically. A synopsis, five ratings, and a review are provided for each film. How many have you seen?

Monster Invasion

Two popular subgenres converge. Film critic Steve Hutchison covers 50 excellent monster invasion films and ranks them mathematically. A synopsis, five ratings, and a review are provided for each film. How many have you seen?

Whodunit Slashers

Two popular subgenres converge. Film critic Steve Hutchison covers 50 excellent whodunit slashers and ranks them mathematically. A synopsis, five ratings, and a review are provided for each film. How many have you seen?