The American Nightmare: Patriotic Films to Watch on July 4th

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The pool is refreshing, the BBQ is simmering, and it’s time to toss out the fireworks and spark up a great horror film. This July 4th, there’s nothing more American than a quality horror film. No need to perform an endless Google search, Atlanta Haunt Review has you covered with our top favorites.

The Purge Election Year


This is a film of triumph and tragedy, and as the credits roll you ponder how in the world could a society like this exists? Watching the examples of purging around our nation’s capital is intense and eerily mesmerizing. The destruction to our national treasures, such as the Lincoln Memorial, historic Georgetown, and the Capitol building is horrifying. Unlike its predecessors, Purge: Election Year doesn’t hold back. Every day “normal” citizens expel their madness by killing, looting, and harming complete strangers while sweet melodies fill our ears. Housewives gone mad and killing their husbands, simply because they couldn’t stand to look at them any longer. Parents killed by their children just because they won’t give them what they want. The scenario becomes so horrendous it attracts foreigners from all over the world, whom travel to the United States to purge “just like Americans do”.



Who needs fireworks when you’ve got a giant shark? Arguably one of the BEST (and scariest) films with an Independence day theme, Jaws is a geek film, but it’s also a certified classic, enshrined by the National Film Registry back in 2001. What’s really great about it, though, is Jaws is a monster movie about an honest-to-god, real-life monster. It’s also got some fine acting, a terrific score and at least one great monologue.

The Shining


Didn’t see that one coming, did you? With the intense heat of the summer, there’s nothing better then enjoying a frosty, chilling thriller. After-all, it’s not just one of the most lavish and vexing horror films of all time, but one that mystifyingly culminates in that ultra-eerie July 4, 1921 ballroom photo. In spooky black in white no less, with Nicholson’s ghastly grin… What does it all mean?

The Devil’s Rejects


Nothing screams ‘Merica more than a gun-wielding all-American family who love Rock ‘n Roll, good times, and oh…a bit of psycho killing. The dad is a hilarious foul-mouthed clown and the dynamic of the Firefly family is too good to miss. A killer soundtrack is a character of its own in this Rob Zombie directed film and it’s a great addition to your Independence Day celebrations.

Have a favorite that’s not on the list? Let us know in the comments below or join the conversation over on our Facebook page.

However you spend your Independence Day, we sure hope it’s full of great food, good tunes, and ending with some spooktacular fun!


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