The 101 Scariest Movies Ever Made by Christopher Wayne Curry, David C. Hayes, Charles E. Pratt, Jr., Andrew J. Rausch, R.D. Riley

List books of scariest films are a fairly well treaded area of horror movie non-fiction. The 101 Scariest Movies Ever Made tackles this with a fresh perspective and an up-to-date list of films. The presentation is well structured and concise. It also contains a foreword by Herschell Gordon Lewis. You will find the titles you would expect, such as Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Suspiria, Halloween, etc. The book does include more recent titles, such as Sinister, The Babadook, and The Conjuring. The earliest film covered is Nosferatu (1922), and the most recent entry is It Follows (2014). There is pretty broad coverage over the decades – it’s not all about the eighties.

For each film title there are sections including Why it Made the List, Synopsis, Scariest Scene, Memorable Dialogue, Did You Know?, and What the Critics Said. This makes the book highly browsable. The book contains movie posters and stills. For the hardened horror fan you’re not going to find anything too groundbreaking. However, this would serve as an excellent entry point to the genre for newcomers. Detailing the scariest scene of the movie is a bit of a spoiler if you haven’t seen the film. The Did You Know? and critic quotes were my favorite parts. I like that the critics quotes are from a diverse variety of publications.

Of course any book such as this will open up a debate about whether a title should be on the list or not. There are some titles I disagree with, but with 101 films, the coverage is pretty broad. It’s a good reference book for a quick read over the titles that make our beloved genre what it is today.

7/10

The 101 Scariest Movies Ever Made Book Cover Blurb

Besides being absolutely terrifying, representative examples of the finest filmmaking has had to offer throughout history, as well as cutting-edge pieces of cinematic art, what do The 101 Scariest Films Ever Made have in common? They’re all right here! All of that horror in one easy-to-access volume. Each film is presented, from #101 all the way to the number one single most frightening film on the planet, in a fun format packed with quotes, critical reviews, cast lists, synopses, and more! Here you will find cannibals, psychos, monsters, and weirdos—and that’s just the team of writers and film historians who collaborated on this unique project.

Join these fiends as they examine horror films from the silent era to the modern age and rate them on just how much creepiness is contained within. Truly, these are the finest examples of the horror genre to ever play across the silver scream, er… screen. Open this book carefully! These fright films have taught us that books can be as dangerous as anything else. In fact, they’re right up there with never saying “I’ll be right back” and, most assuredly, wandering off alone at night. Are you ready to experience the 101 heart stopping, pulse-pounding scare fests contained in this volume? Enter at your own risk!