Friday, April 1, 2016

Amanda's Horror Years- 1992

1992 was an interesting year for horror movies but I wouldn't say that it was the best. Firstly I will begin with a movie that I enjoyed when it was originally released. Bram Stoker's Dracula was directed  by Francis Ford Coppola and starred Gary Oldman in the lead role, with Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder co starring. There was a great cast and I really enjoyed it. It was a box office success unlike a lot of the other horror movies from this year, but, being a fan of the book, this was a good adaptation in my opinion. Keanu Reeves looked lost in this film, but apart from that, it was well made and enjoyable.Another favourite of mine from this year is Sleepwalkers based on a screenplay by Stephen King and directed by Mick Garris who has directed many King adaptations. It starred Alice Krige and Brian Krause as vampires who can turn into creatures. They are mother and son and they are living in a small town. Charles meets a young woman, played by Madchen Amick and he wants her so that he can drain her life force. She fights him and then all hell breaks loose. It is a good movie and I enjoyed it. It isn't one of the better known King adaptations, but good fun!

Another King story adapted this year is Lawnmower Man starring Pierce Brosnan and Jeff Fahey. I liked this, even though King did not and sued to get his name taken off of it. It is an entertaining movie nonetheless.Candyman was released this year and while it is not one of my all time favourites, it is a good movie. It is adapted from a story by Clive Barker and Virginia Madsen stars in the lead role. Dolly Dearest and Demonic Toys were released this year too. I find those weird dolls creepy anyway so this was a creepy movie, while not great. Demonic Toys had some creepy moments too and those toys are weird! It's not a brilliant film, but fun anyway. More movies released are Braindead, Dust Devil, Raising Cain, The Resurrected and Netherworld.

Sequels were many this year. Let's start with Army of Darkness. This is the third movie in the Evil Dead series. It is really entertaining and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Some other sequels which were not so great are Hellraiser 3, Pet Semetary 2, ,Waxwork 2. Amityville:It's About Time is the sixth movie in the Amityville series. It wasn't a bad movie, but as the sequels roll on, the quality declines. Stepfather 3 was so so and not one that I would watch again. House 4 was okay, but nothing special. Prom Night was still making sequels in this year and this time it was Prom Night 4- the last movie in the series. It was better to end it here as the movies got worse as they went along. The Gate 2 was not really worth watching. Basket Case 3 was not great either in my opinion.

So there you have it- my selection of films from 1992. Some good, some bad, some mediocre, but all horror! Enjoy!


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