Here are some of my favorite horror films of 1997:
Alien Resurrection – This is the 4th installment of the long running franchise, that’s still to this day churning out films. Receiving slightly better fanfare than Alien 3, Alien Resurrection pitted our Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) against the xenomorphs once again, but with a twist and Winona Ryder played a synthetic, Call (yeah I still haven’t gotten over that one either). I personally enjoyed this entry just for the fact I got to see a xenomorph swim underwater (it’s the little things in life!).
Event Horizon – When a space crew investigates a spaceship that has returned from a black hole, they will soon find that something has come back with the ship.I know a lot of people are torn over this film, whether it be the lack of clarity in the storyline, the level of balls out gore or that it was just too weird to like. Either way Event Horizon still remains a fan favorite for some and a quandry to others.
Scream 2 – Coming off the success of Wes Craven’s, Scream, Scream 2 picks up 2 years later with Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) attending college, but her past horrors are still following her, when a new Ghostface killer begins another killing spree. I loved that they still kept the same formula as the initial film, but leveled it up.
Devil’s Advocate – I’ve always been on the fence about Keanu Reeves and although his performance was a bit uneven, The Devil’s Advocate is still a solid film. Reeves stars as Kevin Lomax, a successful local attorney, who gets a job offer with a prestige law firm that has a certain devilish quality. Watching Al Pacino eat up the role as The Devil himself, is well worth the price of admission.
I Know What You Did Last Summer – When a group of friends mistakenly hit a guy on the road, they try and cover it up, but their past soon comes back to haunt them in a deadly way. This brand of film was part of the reigning 90’s trend of teen horror films, like The Faculty, The Craft, Idle Hands and Urban Legend. I have no shame in saying that I really enjoyed this film during the 90’s and still today.
Anaconda – As an avid fan of creature features, Anaconda fit the bill when it came to monster movies in the 90’s. Although there’s nothing inherently special about this film, which involves a group of researchers searching for a lost tribe, only to battle the business end of an anaconda. I still enjoy the film large in part because what other horror flick do you get to watch Jon Voight be eaten, then later regurgitated to finally met his end with the wink of an eye.
The Night Flier – This one seemed to be mostly overlooked when it debuted in 97’, even with Stephen King’s name attached to it. The late Miguel Ferrer, stars as Richard Dees, a tabloid journalist on the trail of a hot story involving a serial killer, who travels by plane and just might be a vampire. Based on King’s short story, The Night Flier is an overall great 90’s horror film, solid performances, some great suspense and overall Stephen King vibe.
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