Happy 4th of July! We Americans are celebrating our independence hard today with hamburgers, ice cream, and fireworks, and if you’re like me, you’ll want to add a little fright to the mix.
Unfortunately, there aren’t too many Independence Day-themed horror movies out there, but there are at least enough to add a little horror to your holiday. So if you were wondering what kinds of horror movies to watch on the 4th of July, wonder no more.
I recommend starting with the horror-comedy Uncle Sam (1996), because I think it’s always best to start off light and end fierce with make-your-own trilogies. There’s a science to it, people.
This movie is about a Desert Storm veteran who returns from the grave on Independence Day to punish the unpatriotic citizens of his hometown. And he does it with a super-cool Uncle Sam mask. Full of blood and gore and absurdity, this is a great flick to start off on.
Next up in the unofficial 4th of July Horror Movie Trilogy is I Know What You Did Last Summer (1998). Jennifer Love Hewitt shows off her “talents” in this movie about a group of friends who runs over a stranger after an Independence Day celebration and covers it up by dumping the body. Of course, said stranger comes back to terrorize them resulting in madness and mayhem for them and fun for you.
Finally, let’s wrap this thing up with the always classic Jaws (1975). You can’t very well have a 4th of July Horror Movie Trilogy without it. I’m not even going to go into details with this one. It’s Jaws, for god’s sake.
Well, there you have it. The Official Unofficial 4th of July Horror Movie Trilogy. I’m feeling pretty good about this one.
And for a little extra credit: if you’re just way too pumped after your hella patriotic firework display, you can throw a little of The Purge (2013) or The Purge: Anarchy (2014) into the mix. Sure, they don’t have anything to do with the 4th, but you have to admit that the new founding fathers from these movies have created a super-patriotic holiday, sans fireworks.
I hope everyone has a fun and safe holiday! Let me know what you think of the trilogy in the comments.