It’s that time again! Time for yet another themed horror movie marathon.
I have a tried and true Fourth of July horror movie playlist I rarely deviate from, but certain films get added here and there depending on the year. For my list of Fourth standards, please see the link above. For this year’s random inclusions, please see my list below!
Cabin in the Woods
I didn’t love this movie when it released (it’s one of the rare modern films I’ve actually seen in the theatre), but it’s grown on me over time. It may not be specifically about the holiday, but they are going to the woods to rough it, and I associate that with summer.
I’ve only ever seen this once, but, again, it involves a group of “kids” heading out of town for a cabin in the woods experience. On their way there, things go unintentionally wrong and the rest of the movie is fairly tense. I’m going to have to revisit this one for a refresher.
I’m a sucker for a carnival atmosphere, and this has it in spades. The movie gets a bit gross both visually as well as conceptually, but I still mostly enjoy it.
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones
Not only is this my favorite Paranormal Activity film, it’s one of my favorite horror movies in recent years. It is more of a graduation-themed movie, but I associate it with summertime. Plus, I’m always down to watch it. It feels “real” without being cheesy.
I’m not exactly sure of the time frame of the movie, but there is a carnival involved and it looks like summertime, so this makes the list. Add in a weird house left to the main character, and I’m on board. It’s more gory than I’d prefer, but it’s atmospheric, and that’s the hook for me.
Again, not Fourth related, but “kids” off to the woods for recreation. It’s not a masterpiece, but I still enjoy it. Though it is pretty grody at times.
So there you have it! The additions to my annual Fourth of July horror movie playlist. I’ve already watched I Know What You Did Last Summer and I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, but I still need to watch Jaws. I may put any one of these on in the background while I get things done today. It’s nice to have options!
No matter how you choose to celebrate, please be safe out there, friends. And if you have any recommendations for my horror movie playlist, please let me know! Cheers.