Quintessence of Terror: Scary Antagonists 2019

This book contains several horror movie lists sorted by antagonist types. While these movies aren’t the cream of the crop, they are nevertheless considered quintessential. These simple movies were selected by Tales of Terror’s algorithm out of 2000 reviews by horror critic Steve Hutchison. They are not necessarily the best in their category; they’re the ones you probably haven’t seen. They’re the ones begging to be discovered. The goal of this guide is to celebrate the underdogs and to discover hidden gems.

Horror Movies by Decade

Here's a list of horror 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

Displaying 1 - 20 of 2011
1980
Secluded in a remote hotel for the winter, a family is terrorized by ghosts.
1984
A high-maintenance creature gives birth to an army of small devils after being exposed to water.
1996
High schoolers recognize horror movie patterns in the recent deaths of other students.
1984
Three unemployed supernatural investigators start a ghost hunting business.
1990
An innocent allergic creature gives birth to a hoard of morphing monsters inside a commercial skyscraper after being exposed to water.
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 man fights demons inhabiting a remote cottage from which he cannot escape.
1988
Haunted by a specter in her nightmares, a teenager discovers she is propagating her death curse among her friends.
1989
A family moves into a town house located near a cemetery rumored to bring back the buried to life.
1990
An injured author is held captive by a deranged fan of his.
1990
An adopted boy once the victim of a possessed doll suspects it found its way to his new foster home.
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.
1992
A man tries to contain a zombie outbreak originating from his home.
1981
Teenagers partying in a cabin in the woods become possessed by demons.
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.
1982
A monster escapes from a horror comic book and visits a battered boy to inspire him in his vengeance scheme.

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Masters of Terror 2020: Wes Craven's Filmography

This book contains the synopses and reviews of the darkest films in Wes Craven’s filmography. The listings are ranked from best to worst.

Masters of Terror 2020: Stephen King's Filmography

This book contains the synopses and reviews of the darkest films in Stephen King’s filmography. The listings are ranked from best to worst.

The Best Serial Killer Movies

Steve Hutchison reviews 50 of the best serial killer movies. 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?

The Best Wizard Movies

Steve Hutchison reviews 50 of the best wizard movies. 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?

The Best Giant Movies

Steve Hutchison reviews 50 of the best giant movies. 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?