Quintessence of Terror: Dark Subgenres 2018

This book contains lists of quintessential horror movies ranked by simplicity and subdivided by subgenres. The level of simplicity/complexity is calculated by the sum of four classification types: 8 moods, 9 genres, 27 subgenres and 64 antagonists.

Each listed movie includes a list of moods, genres, a synopsis, a review and eight ratings: stars, story, creativity, acting, quality, rewatchability, creepiness and gimmick.

Ranked Franchise Horror Movies

Select one movie franchise to see how its movies rank from best to worst. Select multiple movie franchises to juxtapose their installments in a list from the best to the worst.

A film franchise, or movie franchise (also referred to as a film series or movie series) is a collection of related films in succession that share the same universe, or are marketed as a series. A movie franchise is a collection of films related by copyright. Sequels, prequels, remakes, re-imaginings, spin-offs and public domain films are common examples of franchised films.

These are lists 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.

Horror Movie Rating Priorities for Steve Hutchison
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1987
Teenagers held in a mental institution become the victims of a mad man who invades nightmares and kills through them.
1988
Haunted by a specter in her nightmares, a teenager discovers she is propagating her death curse among her friends.
1984
A teenage girl and her friends die one by one after being tricked and tortured by an evil figure that haunts nightmares.
1991
An amnesic teenager who fears sleep is brought to a shelter and is evaluated by mystified specialists.
1989
A resuscitated dream demon tracks down the woman who defeated him and tampers with her pregnancy to regain his powers.
1978
A masked psychopath stalks and kills teenagers.
1994
Filmmakers rebooting a popular horror franchise find themselves endangered by a real-life manifestation of the antagonist featured in the script.
2018
A woman confronts a murderer who killed her friends on Halloween night four decades ago.
1985
A teenager worries about a series of recurring nightmares in which a man threatens to possess his body.
1998
A woman who escaped a serial killer believes he son might be in danger.
1981
A psychiatrist assists a policeman whose daughter was murdered in tracking down the serial killer responsible before he slaughters his only victim still alive.
1988
A serial killer presumed dead awakens and returns to his home town, determined to kill his niece and decimate his bloodline.
1989
A troubled kid who turned mute after surviving a serial killer's massacre discovers she has a reciprocal telepathic link to him.
2007
Tailed by his psychiatrist, a murderer raised by a dysfunctional family who escaped from a psychiatric ward on Halloween night stalks teenagers.
2003
Two supernatural serial killers responsible for the deaths of hundreds of teenagers fight each other for territory.
1995
People once victims of a notorious serial killer unite to break his curse as he returns to his home town.
2002
Contestants of an online reality show are stalked and killed.
2010
A vengeful spirit invades the dreams of a group of teenagers and kills them while they sleep.
2009
A scared teenager fears her psychopathic brother might visit her.
Giants & Horror

Giants are beings of prodigious size and strength common in the mythology and legends of many cultures. They are a major archetype of horror movies. In this book, film critic Steve Hutchison reviews and ranks 50 of the best horror movies featuring giants ever released. How many have you seen?

Decades of Terror 2019: 2000's Slasher Films

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing slasher films from the 2000’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?

Decades of Terror 2019: 1990's Slasher Films

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing slasher 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?

Clowns & Horror

Clowns are performers fond of physical comedy. Some are funny, some are scary. Some love children, some hate them. They are a major archetype of horror movies. In this book, film critic Steve Hutchison reviews and ranks 50 of the best horror movies featuring clowns ever released. How many have you seen?

Decades of Terror 2019: 1980's Slasher Films

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing slasher films from the 1980’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?