Red, White and Blood: Four Horror Films for the Fourth of July
Honestly, as far as horror themed holiday movies go, the Fourth of July is kind of lacking, considering its standing in the pantheon of holidays. That doesn't mean it is bare of fantastic titles, either. With that in mind, and since 4 is an obvious choice for number of movies, I have decided to list my top four go to films for the holiday. This will be a quick one for you, so please enjoy.
I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)
The Kevin Williamson scripted slasher certainly doesn't pack the same type of punch as its predecessor Scream, nor is really meant to. Based on the 1973 novel by Lois Duncan, the movie certainly lacks both mood and atmosphere, but the scares are on another level. Every scene in this movie that is supposed to scare us, does so in spades. No wheels are being reinvented here, but that was never the point of this movie. Created like the best after school special of all time, you should certainly check it out if you haven't.
Blow Out (1981)
Blow Out is my favorite Brian De Palma movie, and not just because John Travolta's character is a sound designer for low budget slasher movies. It is such a tense movie, it does not hold anything back, including one of the saddest endings in movie history. John Lithgow gives, arguably, his best performance ever as the deranged hitman Burke, and Nancy Allen and Travolta have wonderful chemistry. The movie uses its Fourth of July setting in a really wonderful climax. If you haven't checked it out before, or if you haven't seen it in a while, it is certainly not to be missed.
I realized something while putting together this little list. Jaws has pretty much been on everything I have put on the site so far. But what can I do? It's not like I can leave this off of a list of the greatest Fourth of July movies. To be fair, not all of the movie even takes place on the Fourth, but the crux of the movie is about shutting down beaches for the holiday, and the greed and carelessness of the town for not going thru with it. I don't think I really need to tell you to watch this movie. If you are on this website, then chances are you have seen this film.
Return of the Living Dead (1985)
Growing up in Kentucky, this movie was very important for me. Not many movies were set in my state, let alone a zombie movie. Needless to say, this and its sequel, were in heavy rotation for me when I was a child. Next to the great Dawn of the Dead, this is my favorite zombie film. You don't really need a ton of setup for the movie. If you like zombies you will like this.