Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Amanda's Horror Years- 1995

So, 1995. It wasn't the best year for horror related movies really, but there were some interesting films and some not so interesting ones, I will begin, as always, with the best of the lot.

Copycat is a thriller mostly, but I am including it here as it is a great movie and one of my favourites.
I love the story and the cast are great. This is one to watch if you have not seen it. Seeing Harry Connick Jr. as a serial killer is worth a watch. I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it for myself. That guy is good looking but here, he is nasty. Seven is another thriller which fits in here too. I never really loved this movie despite all of the praise that has been heaped on it. Brad Pitt is Brad Pitt but Kevin Spacey is good in this. Morgan Freeman is good too. Dolores Claiborne is a Stephen King penned novel which was made into a movie in this year and I did read the book and I enjoyed the movie, but not as much as the book, I have to say. Kathy Bates and Jennifer Jason Leigh star in this. Haunted is another novel that I read by James Herbert that was turned into a movie. Again, I liked it, and it starred Aidan Quinn who is a good actor. It is worth a look.

The Mangler is a Tobe Hooper directed horror movie which is based on a short story by Stephen King. It isn't great to be honest. I wanted to like it, but it is mediocre. Ice Cream Man is another
one that isn't great either. The Addiction is a vampire movie starring Lili Taylor but I wouldn't count it among my favourites. Lord of Illusions is a Clive Barker directed movie from his short story. It stars Scott Bakula and I liked it. It was pretty good. Night of the Scarecrow is a low budget affair
which had me confused as it was like Dark Night of the Scarecrow, another Scarecrow related movie. These scarecrows get around a bit! Vampire in Brooklyn was a Wes Craven directed vampire comedy.
It is not really my thing. I am not a huge fan of horror and comedy together so this isn't one that I would re watch.

So, where are we now?The worst movies of 1995. Hmm, there is some competition for this one. Village of the Damned was a remake of the original movie and even though it starred Christopher Reeve. Rumplestiltskin was not good at all. Hideaway which is based on a Dean Koontz novel was not good either. The less said about it , the better. Piranha was a remake of the original and it is bad.

There were plenty of sequels this year. I will begin with Leprechaun 3 which was hilarious. Those movies are so silly but great fun. Candyman 3 was the final in the series of movies and this was probably a good thing. I liked the first one, but the others were not great. Halloween:The Curse of Michael Myers is the sixth movie in the series. It is so so as most of the sequels are. The Howling:New Moon was the seventh film in the series- yes the SEVENTH! Enough said. Rubbish,
Witchboard 3:The Possession was released. I haven't seen this one yet but I'm not in a rush to see it.
Children of the Corn 3 came out his year and this was just OK.

So, 1995 was an okay year for horror. There is nothing very good here other than Copycat and I think that a lot of the films above could be forgotten about. If I have missed anything, let me know.


Tony Briley said...

Good list of the good and the bad.

I loved Seven. The setting was drab and I thought Morgan Freeman was brilliant. Didn't care too much for Brad Pitt in it, he just didn't seem to fit the role. But Kevin Spacey made up for it and was excellent as well. I thought the theme of the seven deadly sins was interesting.

Copycat was another good one. I watched it again recently.

Amanda said...

I didn't like it too much. I think that I am the only person who didn't. Brad Pitt isn't a brilliant actor in my opinion. His looks can't get him talent, I'm afraid.
Kevin Spacey was good, as always. I suppose the concept was interesting but I just didn't really love it. Copycat, on the other hand is a different story. I love the serial killer angle and I thought that it was a very clever movie with a great cast.
Thanks for reading Tony.

Anonymous said...

You're welcome, thanks for the reviews and for these wonderful strolls down memory lane.

Mega Movies said...

"The Mangler" is great horror movie, I was terrified from this movie as a kid. It has different idea of horror films. It may be odd but is great and classic.

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