Years of Terror 2017: 185 Horror Movie Recommendations, 37 Years of Pure Terror

This book contains 185 horror movie reviews; five of the best releases for each year between 1980 and 2017. Each film description contains a synopsis, a list of attributed genres, seven 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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1984
A high-maintenance creature gives birth to an army of small devils after being exposed to water.
1984
Three unemployed supernatural investigators start a ghost hunting business.
1987
A man fights demons inhabiting a remote cottage from which he cannot escape.
1985
In order to save their home from foreclosure, a group of misfits set out to find a pirate's ancient treasure.
1992
A man tries to contain a zombie outbreak originating from his home.
1988
A recently-deceased ghost couple hire a dimensional being to scare the family that invaded their home.
1992
Two women fighting over the same man are ready to go far to stay young forever.
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.
2013
A circus magician is transported to a magical land where he must fulfill a prophecy.
2000
The drug-induced utopias of four people shatter as their addictions deepen.
1988
A selfish cable television executive is haunted by three ghosts on Christmas Eve.
1990
An innocent allergic creature gives birth to a hoard of morphing monsters inside a commercial skyscraper after being exposed to water.
1985
Two medical students stir up trouble after experimenting with a scientific formula that brings back the dead.
2016
Four women found a ghost hunting company.
2015
Four friends get pulled into a 1980's slasher and must avoid getting killed.
1991
An amnesic teenager who fears sleep is brought to a shelter and is evaluated by mystified specialists.
1992
A man warps into medieval times where he is asked to save a village from demons.
1985
The employees of a medical supply warehouse come in contact with a toxic gas that turns the living and the dead into contagious brain-eating revenants.
1989
Members of a ghost hunting company investigate a stream of ectoplasm flowing in the sewers of New York City.

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The Almanac of Terror 2019: 89 Years of Horror Movie Statistics

The following recommendation lists are based on 2000 horror movie reviews. They were extracted from a database and formatted for this book. Tales of Terror (www.terror.ca) is an online “gamified” tool designed for horror fans, students, authors and filmmakers. “Gamification” is the adaptation and transformation of tangible concepts into empirical games. Not unlike sport publications, fantasy leagues and role-playing games, the Almanac of Terror mixes and aggregates different statistics, facts, ratings and opinions. Most of the lists included in this book are sorted from best to worst according to their overall score. Some lists are sorted by pertinence. Our classification method uses genres, subgenres, ambiances and antagonists. Our different ratings are as follows: stars, story, creativity, action, quality, gimmick, and rewatchability. We sometimes use the “creepiness” factor when populating certain lists.

66 All-Japanese Horror Movies

This book contains 66 reviews of horror films written and ranked by critic and blogger Steve Hutchison. Each description includes five ratings (stars, story, creativity, acting, quality), a synopsis and a review. All 66 movies were produced exclusively by Japan. How many have you seen?

Trends of Terror 2019: 101 Horror Movies for Beginners

Have you been recently introduced to horror movies? You want to explore the genre and don’t know where to start? Here are 101 simple and accessible ranked horror movies you should definitely check out. How many have you seen?

66 All-British Horror Movies

This book contains 66 reviews of horror films written and ranked by critic and blogger Steve Hutchison. Each description includes five ratings (stars, story, creativity, acting, quality), a synopsis and a review. All 66 movies were produced exclusively by the United Kingdom. How many have you seen?

66 All-American Horror Movies

This book contains 66 reviews of horror films written and ranked by critic and blogger Steve Hutchison. Each description includes five ratings (stars, story, creativity, acting, quality), a synopsis and a review. All 66 movies were produced exclusively by the United States. How many have you seen?