Subgenres of Terror, 2nd Edition: Musical Films

Included in this book are 40 reviews of horror and horror-adjacent musical films.

Musicals are a genre in which songs sung by the characters are interwoven into the narrative, sometimes accompanied by dancing.

Each book in the second edition of the Subgenres of Terror collection contains a thematic watchlist in which movies are sorted in order of preference.

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 vampire holds a lawyer captive inside his castle and seduces his girlfriend.
A group of bullied kids band together against a shapeshifting demon clown.
The lives of guards on death row are affected by a prisoner who has a mysterious gift.
Haunted by a tragic past, a vampire delivers his life story to a journalist.
A time traveler attempts to prevent John F. Kennedy's assassination.
The mother of two photosensitive children becomes convinced that her house is haunted.
A nerdy florist develops a relationship with a talking plant that grows when it is fed human blood.
Two time travelers attempt to stop the end of the world.
Four friends get pulled into a 1980s slasher and must avoid getting killed.
Aboard a spaceship, a scientist attempts to destroy a cursed puzzle box created by his ancestor.
A team of scientists exploring an uncharted island are attacked by a variety of giant monsters.
An adventurer on an archaeological trip accidentally awakens a mummy.
Six guests are invited to a mansion and must cooperate with the staff to solve a streak of murders.
A mother and her daughters experiment with a Ouija board.
A wealthy investment banking executive grows increasingly insane.
A man confesses to an FBI agent that his father's visions led to a series of murders.
Two ghost hunters attempt to exorcise a family's house.
A constable is sent to a small town to investigate the decapitations of three people by a headless horseman.
A circus magician is transported to a magical land where he must fulfill a prophecy.
In 18th century France, a knight and naturist is asked to investigate the killings of hundreds by a mysterious beast.


My Movie Reviews

Be your own film critic!

• Record the movies you see.
• Break them down and analyze them.
• Categorize them.
• Share your movie journal with friends.
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My Nightmare Diary

• Write about your nightmares in this dream diary. Write about places, people, and what scared you. Draw pictures of your nightmares.
• A great notebook to keep at your bedside to record your dreams and analyze them.
• 120 pages, 6" x 9"

Frankenstein Reviewed: 2020 Edition

Horror critic Steve Hutchison analyzes 39 Frankenstein movies. How many have you seen? Each article includes a synopsis, five different ratings, and a review.

Dracula Reviewed: 2020 Edition

Horror critic Steve Hutchison analyzes 34 Dracula movies. How many have you seen? Each article includes a synopsis, five different ratings, and a review.

Godzilla Reviewed: 2020 Edition

Horror critic Steve Hutchison analyzes the 36 first Godzilla movies. How many have you seen? Each article includes a synopsis, five different ratings, and a review.