Masters of Terror 2017

This book contains the synopses and reviews of the darkest films in the filmography of six legendary masters of terror. The listings are ranked from best to worst.

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 woman starts to suspect her new roommate might be crazy.
A boy stays with his aunt and uncle, and befriends his cousin who shows signs of violent behavior.
A cemetery caretaker must kill the dead when they become zombies.
Dancers gather in a remote school to rehearse and party, unaware that the sangria is laced with LSD.
A psychotic man succumbs to his sexual deviations and murderous tendencies.
A grieving family is haunted and cursed by supernatural forces.
Soon after inventing synthetic skin, a scientist brutalized by a mob avenges himself by using his discovery to fool his assailants.
A nerdy florist develops a relationship with a talking plant that grows when it is fed human blood.
An industrial saboteur is hired to investigate a popular product with abnormal properties.
Haunted tour participants awaken a supernatural entity while partying in the woods.
Two cousins become addicted to a horoscope hotline that grants wishes in return for evil favors.
Aboard a spaceship, a scientist attempts to destroy a cursed puzzle box created by his ancestor.
A revenant manipulates his ex-lover into seducing and killing men so he can restitute his flesh using their blood.
A teenager worries about a series of recurring nightmares in which a man threatens to possess his body.
An institutionalized murder suspect who recently defeated a demon attempts to convince her doctor she is innocent.
The occupants of a motel die by the hand of a serial killer.
A poet suspects his new girlfriend might be a serial killer.
A reporter investigates a man who feeds a cursed pillar human blood.
The new kid in town stumbles across something sinister about his new school.
A family residing in a remote hotel for a winter becomes entrapped by ghosts.


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?