I’m keeping this list light since I’m optimistic that you’ll actually be outside this weekend, grilling with friends or whatnot (or dodging a hurricane if you’re on the east coast). Also? There’s just not a ton of 4th of July horror that comes immediately to mind.
America might not be as great as it once was (insert cranky old man persona here), but we can still celebrate what we’d like the country to be and get back to the glory days with these movies!
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It’s fitting that William Lusting directed this 1996 horror satire since it bears more than a passing resemblance (aesthetically) to Maniac Cop and Maniac Cop 2. I haven’t seen this thing in at least 10 years but I remember it being a goofy and fun exploration of all the ways a patriotic (actually I think he only became really patriotic after he died) undead Desert Storm soldier can serve his country from beyond the grave.
I Know What You Did Last Summer
To be perfectly honest I know for a fact that I haven’t seen this movie since renting the DVD (or maybe even VHS) about 6 months after it was first released in 1997. I was a fan of Scream (and still am), but I remember this being pretty much garbage. Still, the way things are in America today you might get a patriotic nostalgia kick by checking this one out again. Transport yourself back to a time before the bubble burst!
On the other hand I rewatched this just a few short months ago and was sort of shocked by how fun it was. As a kid, I remember thinking this was some kind of serious “artistic” fare, but it’s actually Martin Scorsese at his pulpiest. A humid, sweaty southern gothic tale of revenge with one of the most scenery chewing performances Robert De Niro ever committed to film.