School of Terror 2019: 49 Gateways to Horror

The films described in this book are perfect for children and teenagers with a fascination for horror movies. They contain very little violence, coarse language and nudity, if any.

The reviews are sorted in order of preference. The ranking is established by the sum of 7 ratings: stars, gimmick, rewatchability, story, creativity, acting, and quality.

Each film description contains a synopsis, a list of attributed genres, emotions, eight ratings and a three-paragraph review.

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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1980
Secluded in a remote hotel for the winter, a family is terrorized by ghosts.
1991
Two robots from a post-apocalyptic era travel back in time to alter the teenage years of an influential resistance leader.
2018
The balance and safety of a virtual game is compromised by a corporation that will stop at nothing to win.
1960
A woman steals a large sum of money and hides in a motel owned by a strange man.
1981
The survivor of a wolf attack fears he might be cursed by lycanthropy.
1939
A girl is transported by a tornado to a world dominated by witches and inhabited by magical creatures.
1996
Two criminals take a family hostage in order to cross the Mexican border and take refuge in a bar for the night.
1994
A bacterial apocalypse polarizes two groups of survivors.
1998
A woman steals a possessed doll used as evidence in a murder investigation and reanimates it using voodoo magic.
1988
On Halloween night, partying teenagers stir up spirits inside an abandoned house after a seance.
1994
Teenagers unknowingly carry a demon curse from a haunted house to their school on Halloween night.
2005
A group of teens stranded in a village near a strange wax museum realize their lives are in danger.
1986
A hitchhiker stalks a driver and frames him for his murders.
1994
An investigator discovers the strange impact a horror writer's books have on his readers.
1974
Siblings and their friends, while driving to the desecrated tomb of their grandfather, run out of gas and become the victims of cannibals.
1986
A former marshal infiltrates an underground cannibal hideout to rescue an abducted night radio host.
2007
An ex-stuntman stalks different groups of women.
1984
A cyborg and a solider are sent back in time to alter a woman’s future.
2003
A time traveling cyborg must protect two resistance leaders from a more lethal version of itself.
2003
People saved from a high way pile up by a medium are visited by Death.

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My Movie Reviews

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