Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Amanda's Horror Years- 1991

So, this time, I am covering 1991. There were some good movies and some bad. I consider this year  not great for the horror genre but that is just my opinion.

Let me begin with the good- The People Under the Stairs was a Wes Craven offering starring Everett McGill and Wendy Robie. I liked this movie, even though it would not be my favourite Craven film. I think that it deserves to be included in this post. My next movie is Sometimes They Come Back. This is not one of Stephen King's well known movies, but I love it. I love the story of the man whose brother was killed by a group of bullies in the 1950's. They died in a train accident afterward but have come back into his life as ghosts and he has to relive the memories of his childhood and deal with the ghost bullies. This movie is one of my top King adaptations, but it seems that it is not revered which is a shame. Though strictly not horror, The Silence of the Lambs in included here as it is a classic movie. I read the book and I enjoyed the movie too. It is a worthy contender for best movie of 1991. Another thriller which I have to mention is Cape Fear. Now, I like the original movie so this one paled in comparison. I am not saying that it was bad or anything, it just didn't match up to the classic Robert Mitchum/ Gregory Peck movie.

There are some films that I felt were not brilliant, but not awful either and Popcorn was one of these.
 I did enjoy it in parts, but I wouldn't say that it was great. It is a mediocre slasher. Servants of Twlight is based on a Dean Koontz novel and it is about a young boy who is pursued by a weird cult who think that he is Satan. Another middle of the road one. The Sect was released in this year, but I have not seen that one yet, so I cannot comment. I wanted to include it here all the same. A few other lesser known movies released in 1991 are Dolly Dearest and The Unborn.

Now for the fun part- the sequels!!! So many for this year, I have to say. The first one is Freddy's Dead:The Final Nightmare which is great fun! I love the Freddy movies and this one was just great.
Chucky was back with Child's Play 3 and this was another fun sequel, I think. Puppet Master 2 was released in 1991 and it was straight to video. I liked this film. It was a lot of fun with some hilarious moments with the puppets, especially Torch! Bizarrely, Puppet Master 3 was released in this year too and I watched this today. I thought that it was really good and I loved the Nazi angle. Some not so great sequels from this year were Scanners 2, Critters 3,Omen 4, Howling 6, Silent Night Deadly Night 5 and 976-Evil 2.Wow, so many sequels and most of them, not all, are so so, in my opinion.

There you have it. I know that I will have omitted some movies from this year, but I can't fit them all in. If you have any that you would like to mention, let me know. I am always looking for new horror movies to add to my ever growing to watch list!!! I think that 1991 was an okay year for horror. There were a few decent movies, but there were a lot more duds. The 1990's as a whole were nowhere near as good as the 80's for horror, in my opinion. Anyway I hope you enjoy my movie selection from this year.


Tony Briley said...

The nineties definitely took a nosedive when it came to horror and 1991 seemed to start the trend with a bunch of poor sequels. After the late seventies kicking off a new style with ones like Halloween, the eighties came in and really launched a great lineup of slasher movies such as Friday the 13th. I'll also mention the best music in the history of mankind, it's why the majority of blockbuster movies today use classics from the eighties more than the current garbage. Imagine Iron Man fighting to a Justin Bieber song haha. Nope, AC/DC!

Cape Fear and Silence of the Lambs you mentioned, both good (I like the original CF better too), but neither a real horror, both were more of thrillers. The unborn I was going to add but I see you got it in there too.

Sadly, I think the best horror movie of 1991 is going to be Ernest: Scared Stupid. "How about a bumper sandwich, boogerlips?"

Amanda said...

Ha Ha!!I agree that the 90"s were not great for horror.I am more of an 80's fan, both in music and film, so I totally agree about AC/DC.You can't beat 80's rock!As for my addition of two thrillers, I felt that they deserved a mention as good movies from 1991 were thin on the ground!Thanks for the comment!

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