10 best ’90s horror movies, ranked

The 90s were a decade known for epic dramas like Titanic, Braveheart, and Schindler’s List, with wacky but beloved comedies like The wedding singer and Groundhog day. Besides these well-known favorites, the ’90s also produced a plethora of scary films like Sleeping Hollow, Dracula, and Frankenstein in addition to many other horror masterpieces. These films relied less on endless sequels and unoriginal ideas, opting instead for unique and creative approaches as international horror became more popular and films in the genre were increasingly praised and awarded. Fans of horror movies are in love because it’s time to indulge in all that is scary, cynical, weird, gory and psychotic. These are the best horror movies of the 90s.

ten Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island

Animated zombies come out of the grave in Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island
Warner Home Video

This list of ’90s horror movies wouldn’t be complete without a classic Scooby-Doo movie, and the Mystery Gang starts all over again in this thrilling zombie and curses story in Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island. Fred Jones, Velma Dinkley, Daphne Blake, Norville “Shaggy” Rogers, and Scooby-Doo visit a remote island with a dark and twisted secret. After solving the same old case and unmasking a fake demon, Daphne dreams of finding a real monster. However, the Mystery Gang find more than they expected when they visit Zombie Island in one of the most delightful and spooky films of the world. Scooby doo franchise.

9 Hearing

    Eihi Shiina holds a needle in Audition.
American Cinematheque

Proceed with caution, this 1999 Japanese horror / thriller film is hard to digest. Based on the 1997 novel by Ryu Murakami, Hearing follows a lonely widower, Shigeharu Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi), who sets up an audition for a fake movie in hopes of finding a new wife. When he meets Asami Yamazaki (Eihi Shiina), he is drawn to her beauty and mystery. However, he soon finds out that she is not as innocent as she looks.

8 Scream

Courteney Cox, Jamie Kennedy, Neve Campbell are scared in Scream.
Dimensional Films

Most people will recognize Ghostface’s classic black and white mask from that 1996 slasher / horror / satirical mystery film about a teenage girl terrorized by a killer. Scream combines dark comedy, ‘whodunit’ mystery and all the gore of a typical slasher to poke fun at recent horror snaps found in classic movies like Halloween (1978), Friday 13 (1980), and Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). Scream kicked off a film franchise that includes four current films and a fifth that is said to be in the works for 2022.

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seven Candy

Tony Todd in Candyman.
TriStar Pictures

While researching local myths and legends, graduate student Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen) hears about Candyman (Tony Todd), a knife-wielding maniac believed to be responsible for a recent murder. The legend says that when you pronounce Candy five times in front of a mirror, the Candyman will return and assassinate its summoner. When a mysterious man begins to stalk Helen, she thinks the ghost story may be real. In addition to the original classic from 1992, Candy was remade again in 2021, with both films exploring racial prejudice and gentrification in unique and gruesome ways.

6 This

Tim Curry smiles inside.
Warner Bros. Television Studios

If you weren’t afraid of clowns before, you will be after watching this ABC miniseries. Based on the bestselling novel by famous writer Stephen King, This is a psychological horror drama miniseries. This 1990 horror masterpiece is told in two parts and features a brilliant performance by the legendary Tim Curry who plays Pennywise, a sadistic clown who targets children. It was so popular that it was successfully remade in 2017 for Part I and 2019 for Part II.

5 Interview with the vampire

Domiziana Giordano, Kirsten Dunst, Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise in Interview with the Vampire
Photos of Warner Bros.

No horror movie list is complete without a vampire movie. Interview with the vampire stars notable names like Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and Kirsten Dunst in one of his first performances This 1994 American Gothic Horror film (based on the classic novel by Anne Rice) follows an interview with vampire Louis de Pointe du Lac (Brad Pitt) as he recounts the events of the past two hundred years. He remembers tales of cruel betrayals and his struggles living with an unquenchable thirst for blood in this romantic, sultry yet terrifying film.

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4 Misery

Cathy Bates holds a knife in Misery.
Colombia Pictures

Another movie on this list based on a Stephen King novel, Misery tells the story of novelist Paul Sheldon (James Caan). After a serious car accident, Paul is rescued by former nurse Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates), who claims to be his biggest fan. She takes Paul to his remote cabin to recover. When Annie finds out that Paul is planning to kill his favorite character in his novels, her obsession takes a dark and violent turn. For her twisted portrayal of Annie Wilkes, the relatively unknown (at the time) Kathy Bates won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role.

3 The sixth sense

Bruce Willis watches Haley Joel Osment in The Sixth Sense.
Walt Disney Studios Cinema

The sixth sense was M. Night Shyamalan’s third film but his first to make the twist-loving filmmaker a household name. Written and directed by Shyamalan, this ghost film follows child psychologist Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis), whose young patient Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment) claims to be able to see ghosts. Dr. Crowe tries to help Cole uncover the truth behind his supernatural abilities and learns a dark secret in the process. The sixth sense earned Shyamalan critical praise and immediately identified him as a master of suspense.

2 The Blair Witch Project

Close up of eyes in the Blair Witch project.
Craft entertainment

If you are a fan of documentary style horror films then you have probably seen or heard of its popular ancestor, The Blair Witch Project. This film follows three film students who travel to a small town in the hopes of collecting documentary footage about Blair Witch, a legendary local serial killer. Circumstances quickly turn badly for the three friends when they discover that things aren’t always what they seem. While this isn’t the first horror film to do found footage, The Blair Witch Project made this style of low-budget filmmaking incredibly popular, with many films like As above so below, Gallows, and Without friend follow suit. The film was an international sensation, sparking a series of Blair Witch films including the documentary The Curse of the Witch Blair which came out the same year.

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1 Thesilenceofthelambs

Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins and Scott Glenn in The Silence of the Lambs.
Orion Pictures

Thesilenceofthelambs claims the number one position for his excellent directing and incredible performances. It features amazing and chilling performances from legends Sir Anthony Hopkins as psychopathic serial killer Dr Hannibal Lecter, and Jodie Foster, who plays an FBI student tasked with interrogating Lecter. Their performances were so good that Hopkins and Foster won the Oscar for Best Actor and Best Actress. Additionally, the film won several other Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Screenplay, and Best Director (the incredible Jonathan Demme). Due to its Oscar-winning success, Thesilenceofthelambs became the third film in Academy history to win the “Big Five” awards for acting (actor and actress), direction, production and screenwriting, joining the ranks with It happened one night (1934) and Flight over a cuckoo’s nest (1975). Today, this film still ranks at the top of its genre.

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