Interview With the Vampire
Although overly dramatic, Interview works well as both drama and horror. The tale of a guilt ridden vampire (Brad Pitt) also benefits from a star strung cast, as well as its strong Anne RIce source material.
A story about a future in which deity like humans predict violent crimes in order to stop them raises many questions about fate and how we may be able to control it. This film takes the plot twists that make many thrillers of its type ridiculous and manages them wonderfully. It also deserves credit for its vivid technologic imagery that includes eerily prescient imaginings of an advertisement choked future.
War of the Worlds
Sometimes when Hollywood decides to do a big budget makeover of a film or book, sequel or prequel the budget actually helps. H. G. Wells’s perennial sci-fi classic War of the Worlds is one of those films. The technology (which of course includes the famous tripods above) looks for lifelike in this modern revamping; it doesn’t help to have Steven Speilberg behind the lens either.