Checklist of Terror 2017

This book contains a checklist of 1162 dark films sorted in order of preference. The ranking is established by the sum of 8 ratings: stars, gimmick, rewatchability, story, creativity, acting, quality and creepiness. How many have you seen?

The Shelter

A homeless man finds shelter within a lavish abandoned house but eventually discovers that he is not alone.

 

United States
Canada
2015
Feature Film
Realism: 
Surreal
Relative: 
Offspring
Dimensional: 
Hellish
Unknown
5.04
Feel at home.
5.04
4
6
5.04
2
2
2
Performances
Plot
Ambiance
This is the story of a man who had it all: his chicks, his cigarettes, his booze, and his gun, as depicted by film critic and filmmaker John Fallon who seems to be sharing parts of his life and personality, here. This film feels intimate. Thomas is a hobo with an attitude. He’s played by Michael Paré who’s good in everything. He’s 90% of this film. Indeed, this is a small cast.
The Shelter is well-shot, on a budget, with good production value. Whether Thomas is suffering, and he suffers from beginning to end, in an alley, a bar or a church, there’s always something interesting to look at. This is a cunning mindfuck with a religious and spiritual layer that’s not for everyone. There are crosses, bibles and plenty of Catholic symbolism.
Observing a desperate man for over an hour struggle with what could be the last minutes of his life is a guilty pleasure. We wouldn’t want to be him, on the other hand. The film’s greatest strength is its second act, which turns a simple premise into a claustrocore supernatural thriller. The last act is the weakest. It is predictable and artsy-fartsy.
History of Terror 2019: 1900 Bite-Sized Movie Reviews

Included in this book are 1900 bite-sized reviews of horror and horror-adjacent films sorted by release date. The reviews consist of 8 ratings.

Subgenres of Terror, 2nd Edition: Time Travel Films

Included in this book are 40 reviews of horror and horror-adjacent time travel films.

Time travel films focus on the consequences of traveling into the past or the future.

Each book in the second edition of the Subgenres of Terror collection contains a thematic watchlist in which movies are sorted in order of preference.

Subgenres of Terror, 2nd Edition: Musical Films

Included in this book are 40 reviews of horror and horror-adjacent musical films.

Musicals are a genre in which songs sung by the characters are interwoven into the narrative, sometimes accompanied by dancing.

Each book in the second edition of the Subgenres of Terror collection contains a thematic watchlist in which movies are sorted in order of preference.

Subgenres of Terror, 2nd Edition: Torture Films

Included in this book are 80 reviews of horror and horror-adjacent torture films.

In torture films, sadistic violence or torture is a central aspect of the plot.

Each book in the second edition of the Subgenres of Terror collection contains a thematic watchlist in which movies are sorted in order of preference.

Subgenres of Terror, 2nd Edition: Claustrocore Films

Included in this book are 80 reviews of horror and horror-adjacent claustrocore films.

Claustrocore films are about people stuck in one place for most of the running time.

Each book in the second edition of the Subgenres of Terror collection contains a thematic watchlist in which movies are sorted in order of preference.