The Almanac of Terror 2016: 86 Years of Horror Movie Statistics

The Almanac of Terror mixes and aggregates different statistics on horror and horror-adjacent movies. Most of the lists included in this book are sorted according to their overall score.

Our classification method combines genres, subgenres, ambiances and antagonists. Our different ratings are: stars, story, creativity, action, quality, creepiness and rewatchability.

I Trapped the Devil

A man descends into madness after trapping in his basement what he believes is the devil.

 

United States
2019
Feature Film
Realism: 
Surreal
Festivity: 
Christmas
Relative: 
Sibling
Dimensional: 
Hellish
5.04
Full of the devil.
5.04
5.04
7.04
7.04
2
3
3
Photography
Plot
Ambiance
Is Steve losing it, is he making stuff up, or did he really trap the devil in his basement? He sure sounds psychotic. His brother would agree, but this is a horror movie and anything’s possible. The film owes a lot to its photographer who knows how to light a Christmas horror scene. The atmosphere he crafts is infernal. The sound editing complements his style.
First and foremost, this is Josh Lobo’s project. He writes and directs this emotional mindfuck. Now this is a slow-burning thriller that may or may not have a supernatural element. A lot of this film could be compromised by its ending, so better go with the flow and enjoy as you go. The twists, if any, might establish just how rewatchable the movie is.
The third act will divide the audience. It won’t take you by the hand. It won’t spoon-feed you the answers. I have mixed feeling about this one. On one hand, it had my full attention at all times; on the other, my expectations weren’t met. With such an evocative title, I was expecting a more concrete outcome. One thing’s certain, this needs to be on your Christmas horror watchlist!
Alternate Titles: 
A Man in the Dark
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