Ghosts & Horror

Sometimes called phantoms, poltergeists, haunts, apparitions, and specters, ghosts are the souls or spirits of dead people or animals. They are a major archetype of horror movies. In this book, film critic Steve Hutchison reviews and ranks 50 of the best horror movies featuring ghosts ever released. How many have you seen?

Shark Week

Here's the ultimate list of movies to watch during Shark Week (#SharkWeek).

Here is a list 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. Select a combination of genressubgenresantagonists or moods to narrow your search. Additionally, you can select a type of realism, a decade, or you can include or exclude anthology films.

Horror Movie Rating Priorities for Steve Hutchison

Note: genres are major film subdivisions. Most movies belong to many genres. The same can be said about subgenres. Subgenres can be subdivisions of genres or genre hybrids. They can also originate from a film era, a cinematic style, a cult audience or a particular market. Most movies belong to many subgenres. Moods are emotions considered crucial to the plot and conveyed through music, dialogue, performances, build-up and pacing. Moods speak to a film's ambiance. A movie usually conveys more than one mood. Antagonists are people or entities that pose a threat to the protagonist, or hero. Antagonist types are divided into 5 categories: visceral, society, science, afterlife and fantasy.

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  • Jaws 2
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  • Open Water
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Decades of Terror 2019: 1990's Supernatural Horror

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Decades of Terror 2019: 1980's Supernatural Horror

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Whodunit Slashers

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