Decades of Terror 2019: 2000's Monster Films

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing monster 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?

Dead of Night

The guests of an architect take turns telling supernatural tales.

 

United Kingdom
1945
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Surreal
Anthology
Black & White
Festivity: 
Christmas
Tale Amount: 
5
Catastrophes: 
Crash
Dolls: 
Ventriloquist dummy
Object: 
Mirror

Hearse Driver

A racing car driver has premonitions of a fatal bus accident.

Christmas Party

A woman meets a ghastly entity on Christmas.

Haunted Mirror

A man believes his mirror has magic properties.

Golfing Story

A golfer is haunted by the ghost of his friend.

Ventriloquist's Dummy

A ventriloquist believes his dummy is alive.

4
Long story short...
6
4
6
5.04
2
3
2

Hearse Driver

Christmas Party

Haunted Mirror

Golfing Story

Ventriloquist's Dummy

Ambiance
Pace
Pace
Dead of Night is a compilation of five short stories and a linking narrative that blend nicely together. In a nutshell, this film is about an architect whose guests have interesting stories to tell. No segment feels complete without the wrap around story, which required great synchronism from the screenwriters. Narratively speaking, this picture is a tour de force.
It all starts with the tale of a man who has premonitions about a bus accident. A Christmas horror story follows, then one about a magic mirror. There’s the story about the ghost of a golfer, and, finally, there’s the story about a ventriloquist’s dummy. The three first stories are low key but entertaining. The fourth one is a watered down slapstick comedy and the last one is a surreal delight.
Some segments are longer than they need to be and some are too short too get our full attention. Some conclusions feel rushed. These short stories are mostly dialogue driven, but it doesn’t make them tedious. The first two thirds have their ups and down, but the last portion is amazing. Here’s a legendary ending to a visionary film that you can’t possibly predict in its entirety.
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