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Best Horror Movies of All Time – 1990s

Best Horror Movies of All Time – 1990s

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For many, this decade often gets the bad rap of being a weak period for the genre, or at the very least, a transitional period. The golden era of slashers had finally fizzled out, and the glut of fantastical gore driven films seemed to tire out as well. It didn’t help that advancements in computer-generated imagery shifted special effects away from practical and headfirst into digital, a move that heavily dates many of the films from this period. Many of the beloved franchises that began in the decades prior were announcing their final bow in the early ‘90s, too, with entries like Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday and Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (nothing stays dead in horror, though).

Along with the extreme advances in technology, horror entered a new sort of renaissance. The ‘90s ushered in a wave of horror grounded in realism, with a focus on serial killers. It’s also an age of self-parody and ironic humor. It brought forth new waves of found footage and Asian horror. It’s easy to dismiss the ‘90s, but the reality is that the decade had a lot of great horror to offer. Here are the best horror films of the decade:


Jacob’s Ladder (1990)

Jacobs Ladder

This underrated gem is a creepy psychological horror that feels more like a descent into madness. Director Adrian Lyne explores the traumatic effects of PTSD through a haunted Vietnam veteran’s eyes, letting the audience experience it firsthand. Tim Robbins’ Jacob is tragic, and the film’s tone somber and gloomy. The psychedelic hallucinations? Terrifying. So much so that this one is currently getting the remake treatment.


Misery (1990)

Misery

A cautionary tale on the debauched power of fandom, this Stephen King adaptation was helmed by Rob Reiner, a director known for comedy, not horror. The result is a perfect blend of pitch-black humor and horror, with an Oscar-winning performance by Kathy Bates as psychopathic Annie Wilkes. Annie is terrifying enough in her care for James Caan’s bedridden Paul Sheldon, but the most iconic and cringe-worthy scene is the one that made “hobbling” common terminology: Annie smashing Paul’s ankles with a sledgehammer.


Tremors (1990)

Tremors

Rob Underwood’s giant monster movie spawned a franchise of at least 5 sequels, a 2003 television series, and a reboot series for Syfy starring Valentine McKee himself, Kevin Bacon. As far as horror comedies go, Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward are among the best duos, and the small fictional town of Perfection, Nevada, population of 14, will charm you. There’s a fun fish out of water story to this quirky town finding clever ways to survive the attacks of underground giant worm-like graboids, like maybe they were supposed to be in a romantic western instead. There’s not a lot of American made giant monster movies, luckily this is a strong showing. The practical effects are top notch, and so is the cast. Tremors is just too gosh darn likable to not make this list.


The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Silence of the Lambs

Academy-Award winner of Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Writing Adapted Screenplay, the inevitable question became, “Does this count as horror?” Granted, a lot of early ‘90s horror towed the blurry line between thriller and horror, and the crime procedural aspect of the narrative certainly muddies the water. Yet, this is a film about a young FBI agent seeking assistance in capturing a serial killer building a woman suit from his victims from a cannibal. Sounds pretty horror to me. As is the sequence that sees Hannibal Lecter’s brutal escape from custody. There’s also heavy use of gothic imagery in the cinematography. Whether you’re team thriller or team horror, there’s no denying this is one of the best.


Braindead (1992)

Braindead

Also known as Dead Alive in North America, this bonkers zombie romantic comedy played a major influence to the following decade’s Shaun of the Dead. Before director Peter Jackson was filming grand fantasy epics like The Lord of the Rings trilogy, he began his career with highly entertaining splatter comedies. At its core, the film is about poor virginal Lionel Cosgrove who must learn to stand up to his overbearing mother for the sake of love. His mother just so happens to have been bitten by the Sumatran Rat-Monkey, a violent animal with a penchant of unleashing zombie outbreaks. From zombie babies, zombie organs, to gigantic zombie moms, this blood-drenched gore fest has it all. As fun as it is gross, this movie will leave you yelling, “I kick ass for the Lord!”


Candyman (1992)

Candyman

Based on Clive Barker short story The Forbidden, this Bernard Rose directed tale of urban legend terror introduced one of the best boogeymen in horror history. Tony Todd’s masterful performance as the terrifying and tragic Candyman is timeless. He oozes charisma and terror in equal measure. The rough urban setting of Cabrini-Green gives a unique, refreshing update to the slasher aesthetic. Phillip Glass’ score is hauntingly beautiful and a highlight of the influential musician’s career. While all of this is an amalgam of great horror, it takes it a step further by delivering one of the most satisfying endings ever.


Cronos (1993)

Cronos

Not only did this unique spin on vampire lore mark Guillermo del Toro’s debut feature, but it also marked the beginning of a beautiful friendship between the director and actor Ron Perlman, who played thug antagonist Angel de la Guardia. A dramatic tale on aging and life, the vampire at the center of this film is old antique dealer Jesus Gris, played by the amiable Federico Luppi.  Gris doesn’t become a vampire by typical means, though, but through alchemy. A scarab-shaped automaton hidden within Gris’ shop injects him with a substance that revitalizes him in every way, including a thirst for blood. Equal parts charming and gruesome, Cronos is one hell of a debut and contribution to the vampire sub-genre.


In the Mouth of Madness (1994)

In the Mouth of Madness

John Carpenter, no slouch in the ‘90s by any stretch, created a Lovecraftian nightmare of insanity with a noir-like mystery that kept audiences guessing. Sam Neill, once again nailing a genre performance, plays insurance investigator John Trent, investigating the disappearance of horror writer Sutter Cane. His search leads him to the small town of Hobb’s End, a town seemingly straight out of Cane’s works. Considered the final entry in his Apocalypse trilogy, this psychological terror feels different from Carpenter’s work, at least in terms of unsettling, nightmarish imagery. It may have been written by Michael De Luca, not Carpenter, but no one can handle a complex narrative like Carpenter. There are subtle scenes of horror that crescendo into full-blown madness, like the old man on a bicycle in the dark, and minute details hidden throughout that makes this worth revisiting. Do you read Sutter Cane?


Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight (1995)

Demon Knight

Upon release, the reviewers skewered this one. Variety wrote that the film was “neither funny enough nor scary enough to be fully satisfying as either a shocker or a spoof.” I vehemently disagree. May I present exhibit A: Billy Zane as The Collector. So wickedly delightful in his role, I daresay that the movie would’ve hurt without his presence. Exhibit B: Jada Pinkett Smith and the always classy William Sadler as the protagonists willing to send those gnarly demons back to hell. Exhibit C: the amazing practical effects. Exhibit D: the stellar supporting cast. Really, I could go on all day when it comes to just how fun this movie is. Sure, its loose tie-in to the popular anthology series is tentative at best, but with such a fun, badass movie that still holds up decades later, I think that’s a rather minor flaw.


From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

From Dusk Till Dawn

This collaboration between Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino blended action with horror and reminded us that vampire movies could be so much fun. Starring George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino as the criminal Gecko brothers, they take the Fuller family as hostages and hole up in a Mexican strip club with a twist: this bar served as a buffet for its reptilian vampire inhabitants. A stellar cast, gory action, witty dialogue, and a multitude of genre cameos from the likes of John Saxon, Tom Savini, and Fred Williamson makes you want to revisit the Titty Twister again and again.


Scream (1996)

Scream

I think a case could be made at this point that no other horror master had his finger on the pulse of the genre quite like Wes Craven. From gritty exploitation horror in the ‘70s, to surreal slasher in the ‘80s, to tongue-in-cheek dissection of slasher tropes and formulas in the ‘90s, Craven’s ability to intelligently introspect on horror with class and humor is something to cherish forever. Upcoming screenwriter Kevin Williamson made a bold debut with his clever script, and Craven’s direction spearheaded Scream into instant classic. The bold cold opening that saw the brutal, unexpected dispatching of a major star gripped audiences and never let go. Even now, Wes Craven, we’ll never let go.


Event Horizon (1997)

Event Horizon

Unsurprisingly, this Paul W.S. Anderson directed sci-fi horror caught a lot of flak from critics upon release, as does most of his work. They were dead wrong, though. An uncredited re-write by screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker elevated this haunted house in space flick into something truly special. For both the unsuspecting crew of the Lewis and Clark and audience members, the discovery of just where reappeared ship Event Horizon went 7 years prior was pure nightmare fuel. Event Horizon boasts some of the most frightening glimpses of Hell in cinematic history, and Sam Neill’s Dr. William Weir makes for one fearsome tour guide.


Ringu (1998)

Ringu

Released shortly after the introduction to DVD, when VHS was still common on shelves and in homes, many would discover this Japanese horror the same way the victims in the film would; by tape. Stateside, this was the mainstream introduction to Japanese horror that would usher in a popular wave of Asian horror, and the long-haired vengeful ghost. Sadako’s inhuman crawl from her well toward the TV screen was the stuff of nightmares. That most audiences experienced her terror in the same form she attached herself to victims added a new level of thrill. Hideo Nakata’s smash hit not only launched a franchise from the creepy curse of Sadako, but launched modern J-horror as we know it.


Audition (1999)

You’d be forgiven for being bored of the first, well, two-thirds or so of what plays out like a quaint love story. Sweet widower Shigeru may have found the one in fragile ex-ballerina Asami, after forming a timid connection that soon blossoms into romance. Then Asami’s façade begins to crack. The scene with the mysterious moving sack in the background signals something is very, very wrong here. Nothing prepares you for the completely sadistic, shocking finale. Needles in eyes and slow-moving wire amputations create the most unnerving introduction to the twisted work of Japanese auteur Takashi Miike.


The Blair Witch Project (1999)

The Blair Witch Project

This seminal found footage horror isn’t the first found footage film, but it is the one responsible for the wave of found footage horror that followed. The micro-budget film raked in millions worldwide, luring in those hoping to catch similar success. Posed as a documentary on three student filmmakers studying the local legend of the Blair Witch, they soon get lost and find themselves prey to that very legend. The documentary style, combined with clever marketing and a cast and crew of unknowns, had many believing this wasn’t a fictional story. Innovative filmmaking and a new twist on wooded terror makes this a classic.


The Sixth Sense (1999)

The Sixth Sense

The line “I see dead people,” and the doozy of a twist has long since become mainstays in pop culture, but M. Night Shyamalan’s breakthrough hit offered so much more than that. A gut-wrenching performance from then child actor Haley Joel Osment, and an against-type turn from Bruce Willis is what lends the emotional punch. But the scenes where Osment’s Cole is terrorized in his own home by the dead? Well, they make you want to hide under the blankets, too. This set the bar so high in ghost stories that Shyamalan has struggled to keep up with the expectations placed on him after this release.


Ravenous (1999)

Ravenous

Antonia Bird’s idiosyncratic mix of western, black comedy, and cannibal terror is a thing of beauty. A stunningly shot pre-Civil War era horror film with a unique sense of humor and twist on the Wendigo mythology makes Ravenous one of the most unique entries in horror. There’s not a weak link in the cast, led by Guy Pearce and Robert Carlyle. As strangely funny as Ravenous is, it’s also dark and disgusting. Just what we want in our cannibal films.



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COMMENTS

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  • The Drucifer

    Pretty great list but you forgot Day of the Beast and The Ugly.

    • Rick-Taylor

      Thank god you reminded me. I almost forgot about Day of the Beast. Unfortunately, it is impossible to get a subtitled DVD for a reasonable price.

  • Darren Kerr

    Where we’re going, we won’t need eyes to see.

  • Creepshow

    Who do we have to pimp-slap, in order to get a proper re-release of Dead Alive on Blu-ray?
    *fills hand with baby powder*

    • Jarle Solbakken Fremstad

      It’s the 25th anniversary this year so it would’ve been perfect… Maybe in 5 more years we’ll get one?

      • Creepshow

        Thousands upon thousands would be sold. But here we still are without it. Who knows, maybe they’re afraid of money.

  • The Night King

    Personally, I think Scream hurt horror more than helped it. It was the darling movie of MTV and pretty much anything that MTV liked was over hyped and lame. It starred some very well known actresses which kind of blows the believably factor given the best horror movies in the 70’s starred unknowns. And it had that epic, crashing orchestral music score that told the audience when to jump as opposed to the smaller, more intimate scores of Carpenter movies, Phantasm, and TCM. Yes, I know, the butthurt my criticism inspires will sting like a bitch for anyone who liked Scream and they will go to great lengths to explain to me why I am wrong, but that is my opinion. Scream was too commercial and trendy for my taste.

    • Pickle Dust

      Scream being to commercial and trendy is exactly why it was good for horror. It brought more attention to the genre than any movie had in a long time. There might not have been a dearth of good horror for fans of the genre, but there was a lack of ones that had movie goers paying to see them. Scream changed that by making slashers something people couldn’t wait to put on screen. That in turn made it possible for other horror films to get funded.

      Does Scream have a true lasting effect on the genre? Not really imo. That doesn’t cheapen what it did then though. Or how big of a following it still has with people who don’t follow horror the same way most of us do.

      • The Night King

        What it really did is make most horror movies look and sound exactly alike for quite a few years afterwards. Halloween H20 even went so far as using Screams soundtrack. For awhile, horror was basically like a special Halloween episode of Dawson’s Creek starring any actor or actress trying to make the jump from the CW network to motion pictures.

        • Pickle Dust

          I think you are being pretty unfair to point out Scream as a problem for doing what just about any highly successful film does.

          Scream, Blair Witch, Paranormal Activity, The Conjuring… Just a few examples of movies that spawned a army of clones. But wait! Saw, Friday the 13th, Nightmare, Halloween, Night of the Living Dead, etc etc etc all spawned the same type of clones. Even Game of Thrones where you get your name is just a clone (albeit a very good one) of fantasy fiction that has came before. As it is a also spawning it’s own clones.

          Success breeds imitation and derivative works. You can’t cherry pick certain films over others without destroying your whole point.

    • Meisha’s Taint

      It completely revived an all but dead genre of movies. I don’t like Scream but it’s one of the best things to ever happen to horror movies PERIOD

  • sliceanddice

    Soooooo glad candyman is on here. Never seen demon night. now i will.

    • Meisha’s Taint

      Stop whatever you are doing right now and go see Demon Night! It’s amazing!

    • Saturn

      Demon Knight is fun.

  • I’m the only one who hated Event Horizon?

    • Creepshow

      Yes. And you should go to confession for that sin.

    • Vincent Kane

      Yes

    • Munchie Strikes Back

      No, it’s dull and overrated.

      • Creepshow

        Excellent use of reverse psychology.

    • syntaxterror

      Nope. I don’t hate it but I do think it’s quite overrated and derivative.

    • silverfishimperitrix

      The love for Event Horizon and Jacob’s Ladder mystifies me.

    • Saturn

      No.
      I’ve watched the movie about half a dozen times over the years to see if it will “click” with me, as so many people seem to love it, but I always end it with “meh”.

  • Vincent Kane

    Solid list.

    I would add-
    Seven
    Sleepy Hollow
    Arachnophobia
    The Frighteners (Personal fav)
    Cape Fear (borderline I know but close enough and easily one the best movies of the 90s imo)

    • Creepshow

      I can’t sit through The Frighteners. For a Peter Jackson movie, it was weaker than whale shit.

      • syntaxterror

        I used to think it was a super good fun movie but I watch it again recently and, let me tell you, it hasn’t aged well especially in the CGI department

        • Creepshow

          When I saw it in the theater, it felt like I was watching Casper.

          • Matt

            Ermey alone was worth the price of admission!

          • Grimphantom

            And Jeffrey Combs, don’t forget about him too,

          • Matt

            I loved the whole movie. Both cuts. No complaints here.

          • Rick-Taylor

            Both cuts? There is an alternate version of The Frighteners?

          • Matt

            There was a Director’s Cut DVD.

          • Rick-Taylor

            What are the major differences? I had no idea there was a director’s cut.

          • Matt

            I haven’t watched either in a while, so specific differences don’t immediately come to mind. It is about 15 minutes longer, and the DVD has some great special features. It’s worth checking out.

          • lonestarr357

            I love Combs, but man, did his performance make my teeth itch. Peter Jackson reining him in would’ve helped the film immeasurably.

          • Creepshow

            For laughs, not scares.

          • Matt

            With Michael J Fox, I never really expected scary. I thought it was a lot of fun.

          • Grimphantom

            Say what you like but it’s a fun movie watch. You may think Michael J. Fox is a distraction because of his Back to the Future fame but personally i didn’t mind, i kinda felt he was playing an unofficial ghostbuster member.

            The plot got it’s twist and turns and how it connects to all of the characters and was fun watching actors like John Astin as the Judge, R. Lee Ermey as the Sergeant and lets not forget Jeffrey freaking Combs as Milton Dammers, i think he stole the movie with his performance.

          • Creepshow

            Enjoyable movie to some. Not a horror movie to others.

          • Grimphantom

            So you shouldn’t count Gremlins, Tremors, Get out……the last one is known as a comedy, you know.

          • Creepshow

            Haha! And to answer your question…no, not really, and more yes than no.

          • Saturn

            Funny thing is that when I read that comment, all I hear is Doug Bradley in my head.

      • Vincent Kane

        I can understand why some wouldn’t like it. Just a personal favorite that was a fun cheesy romp.

        • Creepshow

          I hear ya. I just expected more out of it. The poster was creepy, and for a movie with the Grim Reaper in it, I was just expecting something spookier. That’s all.

    • marshally

      Seven is more of a thriller than horror, same with Cape Fear.

      • Vincent Kane

        Meh. More horror in both those movies then most “horror” movies. To each his own though.

        • Otterlee

          Cape Fear is iffy but Seven is definitely horror.

    • Matt P

      Yes x 5. All worthy additions. If Silence of the Lambs is on the list then Se7en should be up there as well.

    • steeler74386

      Yep I agree on se7en

  • Jay Bennett

    Perhaps more of a thriller but I would add Se7en. Nice to see In The Mouth Of Madness getting some love!

    • Jay Brezzy

      If he has silence…he could have 7

  • American Psycho should be on here.

    • Logan

      American Psycho was technically 2000.

      • Ah. I remembered it being 1998 or 1999.

      • HalesTales

        American Psycho nailed the 80s aesthetic so well that I forgot it was made in 2000 while I was watching it.

  • thegunshow

    Big “Ravenous” fan. Glad to see it made your list.

    • Saturn

      It took me years before I actually sat down to watch that movie, it was really one I had no real interest in, but one day while laid up in bed I took the plunge…..and was happily surprised to find it’s a damn fine movie.

  • Justin Anthony

    Highway to Hell should be on this list…

  • Nahuel Benvenuto

    Man i remember seeing Demon Knight as a kid, funny feeling lol

  • tuberocker69

    Impressive list. We’ll done!

  • Meisha’s Taint

    Demon Night wins by a landslide. LOVE THAT MOVIE SO MUCH FUN!

  • Fred Hopkins

    Remove Blair Witch. I saw it as the trash it was before it came to theaters which I did not see and only saw it when it came on television. It was as dumb as I thought it was.

    • FeministFriendly

      I always associate Blair with the 2000’s becasue thats when everybody was talking about it all the time.

      Apparently its technically the 90’s.

  • Brett Strohl

    Basket Case 2 & 3

  • Grimphantom
  • Otterlee

    Some of my favorite movies in this list. I’ll have to check out the ones I haven’t seen now.

  • Meatwad

    Great list and would take me awhile to add to it. Off hand, FIRE IN THE SKY was a great movie. Kinda ‘alien horrorish’. Maybe it wouldnt make this list but still good.

    • Saturn

      Yup, Fire is decent.

  • steeler74386

    Love candyman!! “Candyman candyman candyman candyman candymN”. “ be my victim!!! Grew up watching this as a teen (kid of the early 80s) I am honestly surprised that this isn’t being remade …yet…wish they would do a 4th one.

    • FeministFriendly

      Its a good movie.
      It actually did have some good scares at the time.

      But it was interesting to me that I just rewatched this like maybe 2 weeks ago,
      and its SO nineties.

      Of course it only becomes so obvious in retrospect.

  • Biscoito18

    Great list again. In fact I think the 90s were a great decade for horror genre, but people seems only to remember of the Scream’s ripoffs.

    Some other great horror movies:

    – Interview with the Vampire (Neil Jordan, 1994)
    – Bram Stoker’s Dracula (Coppola, 1992)
    – The Faculty (Rodriguez, 1998)
    – Blade (1998)
    – Sleepy Hollow (Tim Burton, 1999)
    – Deep Blue Sea (1999)
    – Funny Games (Haneke, 1997)
    – Snow White: A Tale of Horror (Cohn, 1997)

    • FeministFriendly

      Funny games was cute.
      The Faculty wasn’t great, but kind of like a lot of Rodriguez movies it had a style that raised its mediocrity up into interesting.

      • Rick-Taylor

        I really, really wanted to give The Faculty a chance. But, no matter how hard I try, all I see is the T-1000 trying to put on a gym teacher alias.

      • MrX13

        It was a fun movie though. Had a great cast and the story was ok but Rodriguez pulled it off

    • NOCC Monkey

      IMO Interview with a Vampire and Bram Stoker’s Dracula are two of the best vampire movies of all time.

  • steeler74386

    Whoa I missed the 6th sense on here that was another good flick

  • Matt Graupman

    Oh, man. I didn’t know Andrew Kevin Walker did a rewrite on “Event Horizon” but it makes SO MUCH SENSE. That movie is batshit crazy.

    • MrX13

      I loved Event Horizon!

  • gary41172

    Good list, I’d definitely add: The Prophecy, New Nightmare, End of Days, Species, The Craft, Urban Legend, Keepers Creepers, Stir of Echoes, Stigmata, Mimic, just to name a few more 🙂

    • Blake Ranking

      Jeepers Creepers was 2001

      • FeministFriendly

        Its also a movie by a maniac child molester.
        So I’m not sure it belongs on any list anywhere, except maybe an FBI’s most wanted list.

        • gary41172

          Then any movie Roman Polanski or Woody Allen should as well. People seem to think Rosemary’s Baby was directed by a pedophile as well, as with Chinatown, The Pianist, The Ninth Gate, Frantic and a few others that the horror community seem to fall over themselves about Polanski..

          • Saturn

            It matters not the quality of the artist, or his/her material, if guilty of child rape then they can burn in hell. Hopefully.

          • gary41172

            I agree, but if one is gonna discriminate against the works of one, based on their history, then by all means, they should do with everyone guilty of the same crime.

          • Saturn

            You, Sir, are 100% correct.
            This is why whenever Salva has been brought up on these here boards, I’ve been the first to condemn the likes of Polanksi whenever there have been “yeah, but Polanksi did similar things but y’all still say he’s a great film-maker”.
            It matters not that they guy is extremely talented at what he does – he raped (at least, there have been claims of others) a 13 year old girl and fled justice. He’s a nonce and should be tarred as one.

      • gary41172

        And yes, forgive me, I jumped ahead of myself when I saw it on another list of horror movies.

    • FeministFriendly

      Probably among the best of the decade, but none of them very good.

  • T Heilman

    No Exorcist III?

    This list (mostly) reminds me why I dislike that decade.

    • turk

      Exocist 3 wasn’t bad, but I think it gets by mostly on that one scene with the scissors.

      • Creepshow

        You are incorrect sir. It’s loved by the masses because of Fabio’s award winning performance.

        • Saturn

          Fun factoid for you in regards to Fabio’s performance : for a period of 3 years during the 1990’s he actually shared an apartment with, and took acting lessons from, a certain Johnathon Schaech.
          It’s actually rumoured that it was actually Schaech himself who was wielding those shears in that scene, although he neither confirms that, or denies it.
          But for these well trained eyes it’s pretty damn obvious it is him, as that performance is SUPERB!

          • Creepshow

            Interesting indeed. Here is something else that only I know. Even though he is uncredited for the role, Master Schaech was also nailed to the cross in the beginning as Lord Jesus Christ. No one else could have even come close to opening their eyes as convincingly as Savior Schaech did. A friend of mine was in charge of feeding him pizza rolls (his favorite) in between takes, because he obviously couldn’t use his arms.
            True story

          • Saturn

            I have to admit I had suspected that for many years, and am happy to find out that it’s been confirmed at long last.
            I’d discussed it with some friends while down the pub on night, and they just thought it was just the ramblings of a drunken Englishman. Ha! The jokes on THEM!

  • 0Father0Satan0Sun

    The 90s was not a good decade for the horror genre, though.

  • FeministFriendly

    “a weak period for the genre,…”

    A weak period for humanity.
    I’m trying to remember what was good about the 90’s.

    Pulp Fiction,
    the first few G-Funk songs,
    Grunge for the few years that it lasted,
    Beavis and Butthead and Aeon Flux,
    and Jacobs Ladder.

    But I mostly associate Ladder and Silence with the 80’s.
    If it takes a decent movie roughly a year to finish those might be kind of 89.

    Other then that all junk.
    And not in a good way.

    • FeministFriendly

      “”a weak period for the genre,…””

      Its interesting how social creativity shifts and follows trends during a period of time.
      In the 60’s everybody started doing music, lots of great music.
      And Hollywood almost collapsed.

      And then came easy rider, and the autuer period and rebirth of hollywood, and disco.
      Its shifted away from music and back towards hollywood.

      If you think about it you can pin down where things shifted to something else that marks a time period with a character or label.

      • That’s what I always thought about the 90s, the 80s were about the big Hollywood blockbusters and then along came the 90s and you started to get better perhaps more independent films, like Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Clerks, Trainspotting, La Haine, Leon, My Own Private Idaho, Naked Lunch, Seven, to name a few favourites.

  • RJ MacReady

    There’s a few good ones on there(Event Horizon, In the Mouth of Madness, Scream, Demon Knight, etc), but I do think the 90’s deserves it’s reputation for being a weak decade for horror.

  • FeministFriendly

    “So much so that this one is currently getting the remake treatment.”

    Well I sure hope that damon lindelof and jj abrams are involved.

    Remaking jacobs ladder is completely and utterly callous. Its such a personal and unique movie. Its not like a franchise or pulp comic book entertainment. It would just completely and utterly be to abuse its reputation over the years as a classic to badly mimic its creativity with too much music video CGI like that nightmare on elm street remake.

    I dont like hollywood.
    I dont like the people who run it.

    I mean yeah we all like movies,
    but anything good about hollywood are things the artists did.
    Not the people who control and run it.

    And then abuse and defile the good things done by the artist.

    • Dan Warren (Forgottenretroworl

      Hollywood rapes everything in the pursuit of its omnipotent god: $$$

  • Bob Rock

    Where’s ‘The Frighteners’?

  • Anthony Michael Cheesman

    The 90s was great for music and tv but horror was iffy better then the 2000s though

  • Anthony Michael Cheesman

    Also forgot hellraiser lol and new nightmare

  • Андрей Григорьев

    You forgot Yuzna’s Return of Living Dead.

  • LastCubScout

    My faves were “The Reflecting Skin” and “Cemetery Man.”

  • turk

    I still remember people telling me how I would be so shocked and scared at the end of “Blair Witch Project”, and then I saw the guy standing in the corner staring at the wall, and I was like, “OK, here it comes…the big scare…” And then that was it. And I still can’t comprehend how people were even remotely freaked out by that. That movie was a garbage film school project that should have brought in $42.

    • discochic

      probably because you’re a fuckwit. That is all, eat my snatch.

      • turk

        So, a guy staring at a corner made you piss your pants. Noted.

    • MrX13

      OH MY GOSH!! THANK YOU!! I’ve been saying that forever! There was no big scare, nothing, just a guy standing in the corner and that’s it! Complete garbage, waste of my time. Heck, I even got mad at my friend for letting me borrow his DVD when it came out…haha. But BW was a piece of shit movie!

    • Dan Warren (Forgottenretroworl

      I laughed. Thought he was pi$$ing up the wall or something.

  • discochic

    finally, a list I mostly agree with; Blair Wich and Scream are excellent.

    • MrX13

      Blair Witch was a horrible movie, stupid movie and stupid ending.

      Scream, on the other hand, was a great movie!

      • Saturn

        So the original Blair Witch didn’t wreck you?

        • MrX13

          It didn’t wrech me, just made me upset. All that camera movement, boring dialogue, and then the end, was horrifying enough

  • Nice list, Ravenous is a great movie, great soundtrack too! I’d add Cemetery Man, The Reflecting Skin and wierdo forgotten British movie Afraid of the Dark which is amazing!

  • Rick-Taylor

    Forget Demon Knight. I think I am the only person that likes Bordello of Blood, better. Even counting the people involved in the movie.

    • Eastman420

      What no way, i enjoy Bordello but I’ll take William Sadlers character and acting over Dennis Miller all day.

    • MrX13

      I liked both but Demon Knight was way better. Bordello of Blood was a different type of movie but still worked in the Tale Of The Crypt series.

      • Saturn

        What did you think of the third (well, fifth really when you add the 2 Amicus movies from the 1970’s) Tales From The Crypt movie : Ritual?

        • MrX13

          Ritual… was really not that good. I didn’t like it and it didn’t live up to being a Tales Of The Crypt type of story

          • Saturn

            Yup, Ritual is generally considered the weakest of the franchise.

          • MrX13

            I think it was the storyline, I don’t know but it could have been a whole lot better

  • Rick-Taylor

    Night of the Living Dead and Alien 3 always seem to be forgotten when 90’s horror comes up. Yes, many dislike Alien 3, but it actually is pretty good on its own and still is one of the stronger horror movies of that decade.

    • NOCC Monkey

      I agree. Alien 3 assembly cut is the best version and gave me a new perspective on the movie.It was meant to be the end of the franchise with Ripley’s death, so it couldn’t help but to be bleak. Fincher did a fantastic job despite all of the studio’s interfering.

  • SupernaturalCat

    Others not on the list…

    Dellamorte Dellamore (1994)
    Legion: Exorcist III (1990)
    The Addiction (1995)
    Night of the Living Dead (1990)
    The Frighteners (1996)
    The Reflecting Skin (1990)
    Sleepy Hollow (1999)
    Lost Highway (1997)
    Se7en (1995)
    Army of Darkness (1992)
    Necronomicon (1993)
    Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

    • MrX13

      Se7en is one the best movies in the 90s!

      • SupernaturalCat

        It definitely had that “Alien” effect, in that for a period of time after its release, many other movies tried hard to emulate its look and feel i.e. the dark look of it, the creepy opening credits, etc.
        I do recall seeing it theatrically, and during the last act (“wrath”) the tension and apprehension were palpable among the crowded theater …like one big knot in the collective stomach (the movie, 21 Grams, was another I recall seeing people visibly shaken and crying when the theater lights came up at the end–painful movie)

        And it’s a movie that has held up well, although I’ve not seen it since all of the ugliness re Kevin Spacey has come to light.

        • MrX13

          I remember seeing Se7en in the theaters and just being “wtf!!” all night. So I had to see it again. I bought it on DVD and now have it BluRay. I would say that this movie is my one of my all-time favorite movies. And yes, despite Spacey and his allegations, was such badass in that movie.

    • Saturn

      Good to see some love for Dellamorte Dellamore.
      The others on the list aren’t too shoddy either….

    • Cousin Itt

      Se7en feels like a major oversight….not sure Eyes Wide Shut really classifies as a horror flick…

      • SupernaturalCat

        While Eyes Wide Shut doesn’t wear it’s genre aspects blatantly upon its sleeve, it does–like Se7en, and Lost Highway–contain a great deal of the genre’s common themes and iconography within the respective stories presented. Hell, that scene of Robert Blake laughing in Lost Highway is far more unnerving than many “slasher” flicks I’ve seen cumulatively, ha

        For fans of “Freddy” and “Jason,” slasher flicks, torture porn, and any horror movie that is obviously such per its title, etc, no, movies such as Eyes Wide Shut, Lost Highway, etc, may not even appear on their radar at all (age and life experience are likewise determining factors) …but that doesn’t mean classic horror themes are absent from those movies. Some of the best scenic overlooks are the scenic overlooks not marked as “scenic overlooks,” ya know.

        • Jud

          Interesting analysis, although I would still have to agree with Cousin Itt.

          Really though, the brilliance of Kubrick is that so many of his films are genre defying.

    • Bridgie James Rosenthal

      What about these gems?
      1. “Tesis” (“Thesis”) (1996) by Alejandro Amenabar
      2. “Lost Highway” (1997) by David Lynch
      3. “Nightwatch” (1994) by Ole Bornedal – Not the awful 1997 remake starring Ewan McGregor and Nick Nolte
      4. “Funny Games” (1997) by Michael Haneke
      5. “Evil Ed” (1995) by Anders Jacobson
      6. “Dr. Giggles” (1992) by Manny Coto
      7. “The Dentist” (1996) by Brian Yuzna (featuring Mark Ruffalo)

    • biff

      Exorcist III for the win. The original is my all-time fave horror film, but the third one comes damn close.

  • Eastman420

    Nice to see Ravenous and Demon Knight on the list.

    • MrX13

      loved Demon Knight! Great movie and practical effects were superb!

      • CeCe Says Ugonlearntaday

        CO-SIGN THAT ONE

    • MODOK

      I was thinking the exact same thing. I love both and it was a pleasant surprise to see them both on the list.

  • MrX13

    Great list! The only ones I haven’t seen was Cronos and Audition! However, the list could go on and on because of there are a lot of movies in the 90s were badass!

    • Saturn

      I can heartily recommend both Cronos & Audition – both fantastic movies.

      • MrX13

        Going to have to rent Audition and Cronos on Amazon or something this week if possible

        • Saturn

          You should have a good time with them – just remember though that Audition isn’t full on horror from the beginning, it’s a slow build, but it’s definitely worth the wait…..
          Kiri Kiri!

  • MrX13

    Child’s Play 2 should have been on that list. Great sequel to the first one!

    • Saturn

      Probably the best of the franchise.

      • MrX13

        Oh yes, most definitely!

    • Jay Brezzy

      It’s such a good sequel…i don’t get it. So much love for seed ( for some reason…), but nothing for part 2???

      • MrX13

        Seed was a pretty bad (and not in a good way) movie. CP2 was still had the horror and suspense like the first one and terrifying at that. Chucky looked scary as he should and the story was a good follow up.

        Seed was pathetic and I don’t understand why he needs to have a family.

        • Jay Brezzy

          If child’s play 3 was a nut punch, Seed was a vasectomy. 2 was a perfect sequel to me… It flushed out the Chucky character a bit, and started to give him a personality. A bit of sense of humor, sadistically of course… And that was awesome.

          • MrX13

            Maybe the whole wife thing was a little too much but I didn’t mind his sadistic humor at all.

  • Justin Anthony

    Also The Granny is a comedy/horror classic from the 90’s

  • What no Child’s Play 2? I thought that was BD’s favorite franchise ever.

  • kieron callaghan

    So good to see Braindead, Audition and Candyman on there but my other favorites would definitely be Henry, The Reflecting Skin, The Ugly, The Addiction, Hardware, Funny games and Man Bites Dog.

  • The Horrorist

    I’ve never heard of The Reflecting Skin which a lot of you have mentioned. Definitely going to check that out.
    Besides the absence of Se7en this is a very solid list. I remember seeing a lot of these in cinema or on VHS. Good memories 🙂

  • Hamilcar Racho

    I’m sorry but where is I Know What You Did Last Summer?

    • Alan Howell

      Where it belongs, not on this list 🙂

      • Hamilcar Racho

        Alright! Lol!!

      • Burn baby burn

  • Alan Howell

    The 90’s were easily my least favorite decade for horror, and anyone who disputes this consider this argument:
    While I agree there are good films on this list (although I’d argue a few being real horror films), how many of these would even hit the top 25 on any other decade’s list?
    And I’ll get some hate for this I’m sure. Braindead is just awful. Being a zombie film fan I tried to watch it a few years ago and I guess if you’re doing the “so bad it’s good” thing like Toxic Avenger its ok, but I consider it cheesy as hell.

  • Hamilcar Racho

    well here are some honorable mentions (IMO):

    THE CRAFT
    H20 (Halloween 20 years later)
    FEAR
    TESIS
    THE FACULTY
    FIRE IN THE SKY
    SE7EN
    I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER

    • biff

      Fire In The Sky is probably my fave alien abduction flick. So intense — and to this day, when I hear the word “empty” I immediately think of “MT Motors”. What movies do to your brain…

  • the_grither

    No Brainscan!!! That movie still rocks today

    • CeCe Says Ugonlearntaday

      CO-SIGN

  • Man the first 2/3s of Event Horizon are so tense…your imagination feels the rest along with the exquisite production design. I only wished we saw the full cut but Anderson said it was beyond repair.

    Also Scream 2 was a proper sequel that held its own against the original

  • Dan Warren (Forgottenretroworl

    The 1990 Brain Dead with Bull Pillman is a real mind-fck horror movie. I’d like to see a list of more obscure ’90s horrors.

    • biff

      Don’t forget the other Bill — Paxton =D

  • Graham Dalrymple

    Really cool list,though I’d disagree that Jacob’s ladder is under rated? Anyone I know who’s a horror fan consider it to be an epic movie.also jst for fun wishmaster was a riot and the night of the demon’s 2

  • Cousin Itt

    Solid list…I would add Scorsese’s Cape Fear tho

  • John Ryder

    ‘Cube’ (1997)

  • Ryan Jackson

    I remember RON Underwood directing Tremors and no mention of Nightbreed? The fuck…

  • Azwethinkweiz

    Thanks for including Event Horizon on here. It really is a good movie. It’s one of my favorites from the 90’s.

    • CeCe Says Ugonlearntaday

      CO-SIGN!!

  • Frank Gambino

    dead alive/braindead is the worst movie Ive ever seen. Bar none.

  • NOCC Monkey

    Night of the Living Dead 1990 should be on here. It’s such a great movie, has great atmosphere and did everything many other zombie movies did wrong. I love it.

  • Jaguar67

    Remaking Jacob’s Ladder???!!!!????!!!

    Also Stir of Echoes and Apt Pupil deserve a mention.

    • biff

      I don’t think anyone’s gonna be able to bring to Jacob’s Ladder what Adrian Lyne did. I remember walking out of the theater after that one, and being all kinds of fucked up.

  • Matt Miller

    Pretty solid list. Though, I think Seven, Funny Games and Tesis are big overlooks

  • Marcin Robakowski

    not a bad list, witch project was uber shite thou…

    • Tiger Quinn

      EDGE LORD RISES

  • I Am Colossus

    Ok I’ll bring it up…..no New Nightmare…wtf

  • Lee

    The lord of illussions? Maybe

    • Dan Warren (Forgottenretroworl

      That’s a good one.

  • Andrew Sheridan

    Fire in the sky

  • Darnell

    Halloween H20 not big on this list is a crime as is excluding New Nightmare.

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