Trends of Terror 2019: 58 Big Plot Twists

A plot twist is a literary technique that introduces a radical change in the direction or expected outcome of the plot in a work of fiction. In this edition of Trends of Terror, film critic Steve Hutchison reviews 58 horror and horror-adjacent movies with big plot twists sorted from best to worst. How many have you seen?

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.
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.
1994
Filmmakers rebooting a popular horror franchise find themselves endangered by a real-life manifestation of the antagonist featured in the script.
1985
A teenager worries about a series of recurring nightmares in which a man threatens to possess his body.
1990
A couple on a road trip and a survivalist are trapped by a family of sadistic cannibals in a remote area.
2017
Teenagers kidnap a nurse and escape from a mental hospital.
2003
After a stranger committed suicide in their van, a group of friends looking for help become the targets of cannibals.
2006
A mentally challenged orphan is raised by cannibals who prey on tourists.
2003
Two supernatural serial killers responsible for the deaths of hundreds of teenagers fight each other for territory.
1994
After a car crash on the night of their graduation, teenagers cross paths with a family of cannibals.
2013
A woman travels to Texas town to claim an inheritance where she encounters a chainsaw-wielding cannibal murderer.
2010
A vengeful spirit invades the dreams of a group of teenagers and kills them while they sleep.
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