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?

Silhouette

After the passing of their daughter, a couple become haunted by their past.
Psychological Thriller

 

United States
2019
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
4
Dead to the heart...
5.04
4
6
4
1
2
2
Performances
Pace
Effects
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, sadness multiplies terror and vice versa. The two main characters, in Silhouette, start with baggage. You’ll be lucky if you catch someone smiling, and certainly not April Hartman, who plays a grieving mother. Tom Zembrod mourns more healthily, which makes him incompatible with his wife. That and his secret life.
Silhouette is 90% drama and 10% horror. If you’re a fan of slow-burning psychological ghost stories, this is probably right up your alley. It behaves, at times, like body horror for the mind, as we witness Hartman’s descent into madness. She keeps seeing impossible things. The film has a clever way to show the ghost that goes beyond the classic lady in white, through compositing.
Some scenes are barely lit and it’s problematic. Darkness is eerie, but the best scares require a bit of light. Every producer, filmmaker, and director on a budget, ever, has envisioned shooting a movie like this one; a movie with limited production design, shooting locations, practical effects, and cast that would be acclaimed in festivals and appreciated by movie buffs. This is how it’s done.
Checklist of Terror 2019: Plausible Menace

Plausible threats, as opposed to supernatural or surreal ones, encompass all menaces whose existence can be or has been proven by science. Here’s a ranked watchlist of 413 plausible horror movies reviewed by film critic Steve Hutchison. How many have you seen?

Checklist of Terror 2019: Supernatural Menace

Supernatural threats, as opposed to plausible or surreal ones, encompass all menaces whose existence cannot be or hasn’t been proven by science. Here’s a ranked watchlist of 1272 supernatural horror movies reviewed by film critic Steve Hutchison. How many have you seen?

Decades of Terror 2019: 1990's Psychological Horror

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing psychological 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 Psychological Horror

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing psychological 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?

Guess the Horror Movie: 400 Pixelated Puzzles

This book contains 400 puzzles. Guess the name of each horror film based on the pixelated picture, its released year, and its synopsis. Write the title in the boxes below the clues. Puzzles tend to get more difficult as you progress. Answers can be found in the last pages.