Anthologies of Terror 2019

This book includes 86 horror anthology film reviews. The movies are sorted in order of preference. The ranking of each film is established by the sum of 7 ratings: stars, gimmick, rewatchability, story, creativity, acting and quality.

Each film description contains a synopsis, a list of attributed genres, pertinent moods, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review.

Tone-Deaf

A woman rents a country house to an old-fashioned widower with psychopathic tendencies.
Psychological Thriller

 

United States
2019
Feature Film
Realism: 
Surreal
Stalker: 
Sneaker
Trespasser
5.04
Stir crazy
6
5.04
7.04
7.04
1
2
3
Performances
Plot
Editing
Tone-Deaf differentiates itself from the average psychological thriller in that it tries to understand the antagonist’s pathology. It depicts his delusions in surreal ways that’ll have you scratching your head. We get to know him more than we know Amanda Crew’s character, who, as it turns out, is just an ordinary girl: can’t live without her phone, drinks rum and coke, cheats on her boyfriend...
I wanted to like this film as much as I did Excision, also written and directed by Richard Bates Jr., but I felt something missing. In the end, Bates took the simplest possible hook and made it extraordinary, often by use of nightmares and visions, in a movie without a supernatural element. Tone-Deaf is the very definition of arthouse cinema. It’s not for everyone.
The main protagonist is surrounded by assholes, who won’t think twice before insulting her, drugging her, or killing her. There must be a commentary somewhere buried in here, but it’s drowning in useless subplots. There aren’t many characters in this story, yet we only needed half of them to get the picture. Ray Wise and Robert Patrick are the biggest names, and they are underused.
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?

66 All-American 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 States. How many have you seen?