Decades of Terror: 1930-2019

Steve Hutchison analyzed horror movie decades between the 1930’s and 2019 and came up with ranked lists. Each film description contains a synopsis, attributed genres, a list of ambiances involved, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review.

Genre

What are film genres?

A Film's genre is a classification type that refers to the method by which the film is categorized based on its range on the emotional spectrum and the narrative elements from which it is constructed. Films often combine multiple genres.

What are the different film genres?

We, at Tales of Terror, use the following film genres to categorize the films we rate and review:

Definitions:

What is the definition of a horror film?

A horror film is a film that seeks to evoke panic, revulsion, disgust and terror in viewers by exploiting their primal fears or phobias.

What is the definition of a science fiction film?

A science fiction film is a film that uses fictional or speculative science to depict phenomena not accepted or not fully accepted from mainstream science.

What is the definition of a fantasy film?

A fantasy film is a film that takes place in an impossible or alternate world; a fantastic world that goes by different rules than our own.

What is the definition of a thriller?

A thriller is a film whose plot unravels by mixing or alternating between tension, excitement, surprise, anticipation and anxiety.

What is the definition of a drama?

A drama is a film that addresses its various plot points and its characters from a serious and realistic perspective.

What is the definition of an action film?

An action film is a film in which the protagonist or protagonists much face physical challenges including life-threatening fights or frantic chases.

What is the definition of an adventure film?

An adventure film is a film that depicts an energetic journey and the exploration of exotic locations, real or fantastic.

What is the definition of a romance film?

A romance film is a film that focuses on passion and emotion between characters that leads to crushes, flirt, sexual intercourse, courtship or marriage.

What is the definition of a comedy?

A comedy is a film that offers an exaggerated, humorously skewed perspective of life meant to make the viewers laugh.

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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.

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