Years of Terror 2016: 180 Horror Movie Recommendations, 36 Years of Pure Terror

This book contains 180 horror movie reviews; five of the best releases for each year between 1980 and 2016. Each film description contains a synopsis, a list of attributed genres, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review.

The Silence

A deaf teenager attempts to survive in a world under attack from primeval creatures.

 

Germany
2019
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Animals: 
Bird
Dinosaur
Imaginary
Cultists: 
Cleric
Guru
Worshipper
Catastrophes: 
Accident
Crash
5.04
Déjà heard...
6
5.04
7.04
7.04
2
3
3
Performances
Dialog
Effects
If The Silence feels familiar, you’ve probably seen A Quiet Place. We’ve had a few horror movies based on some of the five senses, this decade, and thankfully they weren’t all this redundant. At some point, this film loses its gimmick and focuses on action. There’s an awful lot of car crashes in this; more than a story about primeval creatures with acute hearing needs.
At face value, I’d totally recommend this. Being an apocalyptic invasion story, it’s better than most zombie flicks out there, and the special effects aren’t too shabby. The creature design is interesting, too. The main protagonist is deaf. Now, her condition seems intermittent. At times, she appears to hear just fine. I’m not sure if I should blame the script or the execution.
The actors do a fine job with what they’re given. The dialogue has its ups and downs. This is a well-made movie with good photo, good pacing and a thick ambiance. That being said, it’s hard to wash away that constant déjà vu. Some of the screenplay’s weaknesses are so predominant that they become plot holes. The Silence hits and misses. It’s fun but it just isn’t very memorable.
Giants & Horror

Giants are beings of prodigious size and strength common in the mythology and legends of many cultures. 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 giants ever released. How many have you seen?

Decades of Terror 2019: 2000's Slasher Films

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing slasher films from the 2000’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: 1990's Slasher Films

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing slasher 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?

Clowns & Horror

Clowns are performers fond of physical comedy. Some are funny, some are scary. Some love children, some hate them. 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 clowns ever released. How many have you seen?

Decades of Terror 2019: 1980's Slasher Films

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing slasher 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?