Decades of Terror: 1930-2016

Steve Hutchison analyzed horror movie decades between the 1930’s and 2016 and came up with ranked lists.

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

At the end of this book, you will find a list of 500 recommended dark films.

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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1996
High schoolers recognize horror movie patterns in the recent deaths of other students.
1984
Three unemployed supernatural investigators start a ghost hunting business.
1986
A scientist in love gradually turns into a fly after experimenting with a teleportation method he discovered.
1987
Teenagers held in a mental institution become the victims of a mad man who invades nightmares and kills through them.
1987
A wounded cop turned into a cyborg and programmed by a police force investigates a group of organized criminals.
1990
A man goes for a virtual vacation on planet Mars as a spy.
1988
A doll possessed by the ghost of a serial killer pursues a young boy in order to trade souls with him.
1984
A teenage girl and her friends die one by one after being tricked and tortured by an evil figure that haunts nightmares.
1998
Six students find out their teachers are from another planet.
1960
A woman steals a large sum of money and hides in a motel owned by a strange man.
1975
A police chief, a scientist and a fisherman set out to stop a great white shark.
1983
A murderer released from a psychiatric institution questions his sanity.
1991
A FBI recruit interviews an incarcerated cannibal in order to investigate a recent wave of murders.
1993
The owners of a theme park hosting cloned dinosaurs lose control of their security system.
1986
The survivor of a space invasion awakened from stasis by her employer is asked to assist a troop of soldiers in hunting aliens.
1992
A vampire holds a lawyer captive inside his castle and seduces his girlfriend.
1997
Recruits of a young generation of space warriors face an increasing alien invasion.
1979
An ore harvesting crew discovers a dead alien and large unidentified eggs inside an abandoned spaceship.
1982
A suburban family's home becomes infested with ghosts.
2004
Chained to pipes in a disused bathroom, two men are given a puzzle to which they must provide answers.

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My Movie Reviews

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My Nightmare Diary

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