Years of Terror 2017: 185 Horror Movie Recommendations, 37 Years of Pure Terror

This book contains 185 horror movie reviews; five of the best releases for each year between 1980 and 2017. Each film description contains a synopsis, a list of attributed genres, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review.

Ouija House

A girl takes her friends to a haunted house for a Ouija seance.

 

United States
2018
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Relative: 
Mother
Dolls: 
Dolly
Object: 
Ouija Board
4
It's all fun and games
6
3.04
6
4
2
3
2
Performances
Ambiance
Plot
Mischa Barton, Tara Reid, Dee Wallace, Tiffany Shepis? Seriously? This was my favorite movie before I even pressed play, and then these guys disappeared all at once. It’s a trap! It’s a trap, but it’s worth falling for. The writers are taking the whole occult thang down to its basics. In horror, Ouija is a cliché that goes in and out of style, and it hasn’t been exploited nearly enough recently.
The exposition is fun. The characters are young, simple, and innocent. What makes Ouija House special is that its protagonists are hoping to open doors we all know they shouldn’t, and they’re willing to pay Crazy Thomas $500 to take his warnings elsewhere. What we basically have, here, is a Ouija séance inside a haunted house, and then consequences. Ouija House, get it?
Now, this could’ve been a mess in the wrong hands, and it’s not. The film could use animatronics, practical effects, and make-up, and it doesn’t even try. Even the gore holds back. Ouija House is all about its characters. Dialogue and casting are at the forefront. The film’s biggest weakness is that it fails to impress. The further you get, the less you care.
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?

Dolls & Horror

Bisques, fetish dolls, plush, ventriloquist dummies, voodoo dolls, worry dolls; dolls come in various shapes and forms. 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 dolls ever released. How many have you seen?

Robots & Horror

Robots are machines capable of carrying complex actions. They can be autonomous or semi-autonomous, they can be cyborgs or androids, and they are often driven by artificial intelligence. 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 robots ever released. How many have you seen?