Best Horror Movies of 1997

1.

Event Horizon

5.5

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 the 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.

Scream 2

5.1

Two years after the terrifying events that occurred in Woodsboro, Sidney is now attending Windsor College in Cincinnati, and Gale Weathers' best selling book on Sidney's life has now been made into a major motion picture. When two college students are killed in a theatre while watching the new film 'Stab', Sidney knows deep down that history is repeating itself.

Starring: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Jerry O'Connell, David Arquette, Timothy Olyphant
Directed by: Wes Craven
Release date: 1997-12-09
3.

Alien Resurrection

5.1

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
4.

I Know What You Did Last Summer

4.7

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
5.

Nightwatch

4.5

A law student, who takes a job as a night watchman at a morgue, begins to discover clues that implicate him as the suspect of a series of murders.

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Patricia Arquette, Nick Nolte, Josh Brolin, Lauren Graham
Directed by: Ole Bornedal
Release date: 1997-01-31
6.

The Relic

4.4

A researcher at Chicago's Natural History Museum returns from South America with some crates containing his findings. When the crates arrive at the museum without the owner there appears to be very little inside. However, police discover gruesome murders on the cargo ship that brought the crates to the US and then another murder in the museum itself.

Starring: Penelope Ann Miller, Tom Sizemore, Linda Hunt, James Whitmore, Clayton Rohner
Directed by: Peter Hyams
Release date: 1997-01-10
7.

Mimic

4.3

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
8.

Wishmaster

4.3

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
9.

Anaconda

4.0

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
10.

Ghosts

3.9
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The film tells the story of a scary Maestro with supernatural powers, who is being forced out of a small town by its mayor. The movie includes 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
11.

An American Werewolf in Paris

3.9

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
12.

Spawn

3.8

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
13.

Snow White: A Tale of Terror

3.8

When young Lili's mother dies in childbirth, her father remarries Lady Claudia, a woman ruled by an evil mirror with the power to make her queen of all living things. After escaping an attempt on her life, Lili finds herself lost in a dark forest, where living happily ever after seems unlikely.

Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Sam Neill, Monica Keena, Gil Bellows, Brian Glover
Directed by: Michael Cohn
Release date: 1997-07-18
14.

Intensity

3.7
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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
15.

Tower of Terror

3.3
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A disgraced reporter investigates an abandoned luxury hotel where five people mysteriously disappeared sixty years earlier.
Starring: Steve Guttenberg, Kirsten Dunst, Nia Peeples, Michael McShane, Amzie Strickland
Directed by: D.J. MacHale
Release date: 1997-10-26
16.

Under Wraps

3.2
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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
17.

Campfire Tales

3.1
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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
18.

The Hunchback

3.0
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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
19.

Stage Fright

2.9

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
20.

The Wax Mask

2.9
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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

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