Best Horror Movies of 1997

1.

Event Horizon

5.4
6.7/10

In 2047 a group of astronauts are sent to investigate and salvage the starship 'Event Horizon' which disappeared mysteriously 7 years before on its maiden voyage. With its return, the crew of the 'Lewis and Clark' discovers the real truth behind the disappearance of the 'Event Horizon' – and something even more terrifying.

Starring: Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Kathleen Quinlan, Joely Richardson, Richard T. Jones
Directed by: Paul W.S. Anderson
Release date: 1997-08-15
2.

Alien Resurrection

5.1
6.2/10

Two hundred years after Lt. Ripley died, a group of scientists clone her, hoping to breed the ultimate weapon. But the new Ripley is full of surprises … as are the new aliens. Ripley must team with a band of smugglers to keep the creatures from reaching Earth.

Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Winona Ryder, Brad Dourif, Ron Perlman, Michael Wincott
Directed by: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Release date: 1997-11-12
3.

I Know What You Did Last Summer

4.7
5.7/10

As they celebrate their high school graduation, four friends are involved in a hit-and-run accident when their car hits and apparently kills a pedestrian on an isolated roadway. They dispose of the body and vow to keep the incident a secret, a year later somebody starts sending them letters bearing the warning "I Know What You Did Last Summer".

Starring: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Freddie Prinze Jr., Bridgette Wilson
Directed by: Jim Gillespie
Release date: 1997-10-17
4.

The Relic

4.4
5.7/10

A homicide detective and an anthropologist try to destroy a South American lizard-like god, who's on a people eating rampage in a Chicago museum.

Starring: Penelope Ann Miller, Tom Sizemore, Linda Hunt, James Whitmore, Clayton Rohner
Directed by: Peter Hyams
Release date: 1997-01-10
5.

Mimic

4.3
5.9/10

A disease carried by common cockroaches is killing Manhattan children. In an effort to stop the epidemic an entomologist, Susan Tyler, creates a mutant breed of insect that secretes a fluid to kill the roaches. This mutant breed was engineered to die after one generation, but three years later Susan finds out that the species has survived and evolved into a large, gruesome monster that can mimic human form.

Starring: Mira Sorvino, Jeremy Northam, Giancarlo Giannini, Josh Brolin, Alexander Goodwin
Directed by: Guillermo del Toro
Release date: 1997-08-22
6.

Wishmaster

4.3
5.8/10

The Djinn having been released from his ancient prison seeks to capture the soul of the woman who discovered him, thereby opening a portal and freeing his fellow Djinn to take over the earth.

Starring: Andrew Divoff, Tammy Lauren, Robert Englund, Chris Lemmon, Wendy Benson-Landes
Directed by: Robert Kurtzman
Release date: 1997-09-19
7.

Anaconda

4.0
4.7/10

A "National Geographic" film crew is taken hostage by an insane hunter, who takes them along on his quest to capture the world's largest - and deadliest - snake.

Starring: Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Jon Voight, Eric Stoltz, Owen Wilson
Directed by: Luis Llosa
Release date: 1997-04-11
8.

Ghosts

3.9
7.7/10
Ghosts
The story of a scary Maestro with supernatural powers, who is being forced out of a small town by its mayor. Included are a series of dance routines performed by Michael Jackson and his "family" of ghouls. Every song from the film was taken from Michael Jackson's HIStory and Blood on the Dance Floor albums.
Starring: Michael Jackson, Pat Dade, Amy Smallman, Edwina Moore, Yasiin Bey
Directed by: Stan Winston
Release date: 1997-09-04
9.

Spawn

3.8
5.2/10

After being murdered by corrupt colleagues in a covert government agency, Al Simmons makes a pact with the devil to be resurrected to see his beloved wife Wanda. In exchange for his return to Earth, Simmons agrees to lead Hell's Army in the destruction of mankind.

Starring: Michael Jai White, Martin Sheen, John Leguizamo, Theresa Randle, Nicol Williamson
Directed by: Mark A.Z. Dippé
Release date: 1997-07-31
10.

An American Werewolf in Paris

3.8
5.1/10

An American man unwittingly gets involved with werewolves who have developed a serum allowing them to transform at will.

Starring: Tom Everett Scott, Julie Delpy, Vince Vieluf, Julie Bowen, Phil Buckman
Directed by: Anthony Waller
Release date: 1997-12-25
11.

Intensity

3.7
7.3/10
Intensity
Chyna Shepherd is a twenty-six-year-old psychology student who survived an extremely troubled past. While visiting Laura Templeton's house, a farm in the Napa Valley. A serial killer named Edgler Foreman Vess breaks into the house, killing Laura and her parents. Chyna survives, but she learns of Vess's captive: a girl, just as innocent as Chyna, trapped in Vess's home far from the Napa Valley.
Starring: John C. McGinley, Molly Parker, Blu Mankuma, Lori Triolo, Brent Stait
Directed by: Yves Simoneau
Release date: 1997-08-05
12.

Under Wraps

3.2
6.6/10
Under Wraps
A comedy-adventure in which three twelve-year-olds have a close encounter with a 3,000-year-old mummy. Marshall, Gilbert and Amy accidentally set the mummy free, but if they don't get him back to his resting place by midnight on Halloween, he'll turn into dust and lose his only chance of being reunited with his long-lost love.
Starring: Adam Wylie, Mario Yedidia, Clara Bryant, Ken Hudson Campbell, Corinne Bohrer
Directed by: Greg Beeman
Release date: 1997-10-25
13.

Campfire Tales

3.1
5.9/10
Campfire Tales
Anthology of famous, scary urban legends done with a modern twist.
Starring: Jay R. Ferguson, Christine Taylor, Christopher Masterson, Kim Murphy, Ron Livingston
Directed by: Matt Cooper, Martin Kunert, David Semel
Release date: 1997-05-16
14.

The Hunchback

3.0
6.2/10
The Hunchback
Based on the novel, a young gypsy becomes a Minister's obsession in 1483. Only the bell ringer and her husband and the court of miracles can save her.
Starring: Mandy Patinkin, Richard Harris, Salma Hayek, Edward Atterton, Benedick Blythe
Directed by: Peter Medak
Release date: 1997-03-16
15.

Stage Fright

2.9
6.7/10

Out of favour and out of luck, dog-juggling vaudevillian Tiny has one last shot at redemption, if he can overcome the menace of the dark-hearted silent movie star Arnold Hew.

Starring: Graham Fellows
Directed by: Steve Box
Release date: 1997-11-19
16.

The Wax Mask

2.9
5.7/10
The Wax Mask
Paris, 1900: a couple are horribly murdered by a masked man with a metal claw who rips their hearts out. The sole survivor and witness to the massacre is a young girl. Twelve years later in Rome a new wax museum is opened, whose main attractions are lifelike recreations of gruesome murder scenes. A young man bets that he will spend the night in the museum but is found dead the morning after. Soon, people start disappearing from the streets of Rome and the wax museum halls begin filling with new figures...
Starring: Robert Hossein, Romina Mondello, Riccardo Serventi Longhi, Gabriella Giorgelli, Umberto Balli
Directed by: Sergio Stivaletti
Release date: 1997-04-03
17.

Elevated

2.9
7.0/10
Elevated
Ben and Ellen use the elevator in their building when all of a sudden, Hank, the blood covered security man of the building rushes into the elevator, claiming that there is a dangerous alien-like creature in the building.
Starring: David Hewlett, Vickie Papavs, Bruce McFee
Directed by: Vincenzo Natali
Release date: 1997-01-01
18.

Quicksilver Highway

2.7
4.9/10
Quicksilver Highway
This film is actually two one hour stories, the first based on a Stephen King story called the "Chattering Teeth" about a man who picks up a hitchhiker and the second is based on a Clive Barker story called "The Body Politic" about hands that rebel against the body.
Starring: Christopher Lloyd, Matt Frewer, Raphael Sbarge, Missy Crider, Silas Weir Mitchell
Directed by: Mick Garris
Release date: 1997-05-13
19.

Auton

2.6
6.3/10
Auton
In deep space, death is waiting to return...
Starring: Michael Wade, Bryonie Pritchard, George Telfer, Reece Shearsmith
Directed by: Nicholas Briggs
Release date: 1997-01-01
20.

The Eighteenth Angel

2.6
4.9/10
The Eighteenth Angel
"Satan will no longer be beast... but beauty!" That declaration comes early in The Eighteenth Angel, signaling the kind of horror movie we're in for: thick and cheesy. When that line (and others like it) is uttered by mad monk Maximilian Schell, it's even creamier. Schell is ushering in the return of the Antichrist by genetically engineering Satan's minions, but he needs the transplant
Starring: Christopher McDonald, Rachael Leigh Cook, Maximilian Schell, Stanley Tucci, Wendy Crewson
Directed by: William Bindley
Release date: 1997-01-01

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