Quintessence of Terror: Extreme Horror 2018

​This book contains a list of horror movies ranked from the simplest to the most complex. The level of complexity is calculated by the sum of four classification types: 8 moods, 9 genres, 27 subgenres and 64 antagonists.

Each listed movie includes a list of moods, genres, a synopsis, a review and eight ratings: stars, story, creativity, acting, quality, rewatchability, creepiness and gimmick.

This edition includes horror movies that are creepy, shocking, gory and weird.

Movie Classification

Here is a list of movies ranked from the best to the worst using the sum of eight different ratings: stars, gimmick, rewatchability, creepiness, story, creativity, acting and quality. Select a combination of genressubgenresantagonists or moods to narrow your search. Additionally, you can select a type of realism, a decade, or you can include or exclude anthology films.

Horror Movie Rating Priorities for Steve Hutchison

Note: genres are major film subdivisions. Most movies belong to many genres. The same can be said about subgenres. Subgenres can be subdivisions of genres or genre hybrids. They can also originate from a film era, a cinematic style, a cult audience or a particular market. Most movies belong to many subgenres. Moods are emotions considered crucial to the plot and conveyed through music, dialogue, performances, build-up and pacing. Moods speak to a film's ambiance. A movie usually conveys more than one mood. Antagonists are people or entities that pose a threat to the protagonist, or hero. Antagonist types are divided into 5 categories: visceral, society, science, afterlife and fantasy.

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A man cheats on his wife with a dangerous woman.
Amnesic strangers awaken in a three-dimensional booby-trapped maze.
A boy gone bald uses a magic recipe given to him by ghosts to grow back his hair.
In the aftermath of his girlfriend’s death, a man awakens with horns growing from his temples and psychic abilities.
A publisher fighting to keep his job slowly turns into a werewolf.
A mother and her daughters experiment with a Ouija board.
A commuter is pursued by the malevolent driver of a massive tractor-trailer.
Two friends must save humanity from a new street drug that sends its users across time and dimensions.
A lawyer is offered a job at a high-end law firm owned by a playboy.
A wealthy investment banking executive grows increasingly insane.
Four teenagers uncover and explore the depths of a sealed underground bomb shelter.
A troubled man discovers he shares a psychic link with rats and uses them in a revenge plot.
A man confesses to an FBI agent that his father's visions led to a series of murders.
A pregnant woman worries about her physical and mental health.
A bullied teenage girl discovers she has telekinetic powers.
Three thieves break into the house of a blind man who isn't as helpless as he seems.
A rescue crew investigates a spaceship that disappeared into a black hole and has now returned, severely altered.
Three women date a man who can cast magic spells.
Two ghost hunters attempt to exorcise a family's house.
A mist unleashes bloodthirsty creatures on a small town, where a band of citizens hole up in a supermarket.


Realms of Terror: Horror-Adjacent 2019

Included in this book are 141 reviews of horror-adjacent films. Horror-adjacent films are mixes of comedy, drama, adventure, action, thriller, fantasy, and science fiction. They are dark enough to entertain horror movie fans but can’t exactly be called horror. How many have you seen?

Decades of Terror 2019: 1990's Monster Films

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing monster 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?

Christmas Horror Watchlist 2019

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but this list is so delightful. And since you’ve no place to go, here are 60 ranked reviews of Christmas-themed horror movies. Ho, ho, ho! This year, get ready for the horrorthon of a lifetime! Naughty or nice?

Halloween Horror Watchlist 2019

An excellent way to celebrate All Hallows' Eve all through October, this book contains 53 ranked reviews of Halloween-themed horror movies. This year, get ready for the horrorthon of a lifetime!

Trends of Terror 2019: 150 Movies So Bad They’re Good

I hope you like cheese. This book is full of it. In this edition of Trends of Terror, film critic Steve Hutchison reviews 150 horror and horror-adjacent movies so bad they’re good, sorted from best to worst. How many have you seen?