Top 25 Best '90s Horror Films

by Dennis Alink | created - 18 Oct 2013 | updated - 22 Mar 2015 | Public

Best Horrorfilms of the '90s

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1. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.6
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85 Metascore

A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence A. Bonney, Kasi Lemmons

Votes: 1,021,533 | Gross: $130.74M

2. Cemetery Man (1994)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Horror

7.3
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A cemetery man must kill the dead a second time when they become zombies.

Director: Michele Soavi | Stars: Rupert Everett, François Hadji-Lazaro, Anna Falchi, Mickey Knox

Votes: 17,537 | Gross: $0.25M

3. The Blair Witch Project (1999)

R | 81 min | Horror, Mystery

6.4
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81 Metascore

Three film students vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend, leaving only their footage behind.

Directors: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez | Stars: Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams, Joshua Leonard, Bob Griffin

Votes: 205,887 | Gross: $140.54M

4. Braindead (1992)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Horror

7.5
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54 Metascore

A young man's mother is bitten by a Sumatran rat-monkey. She gets sick and dies, at which time she comes back to life, killing and eating dogs, nurses, friends, and neighbors.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Timothy Balme, Diana Peñalver, Elizabeth Moody, Ian Watkin

Votes: 83,093 | Gross: $0.24M

5. The Sixth Sense (1999)

PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

8.1
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64 Metascore

A boy who communicates with spirits seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette, Olivia Williams

Votes: 784,993 | Gross: $293.51M

6. Sleepy Hollow (1999)

R | 105 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

7.4
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65 Metascore

Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate the decapitations of 3 people with the culprit being the legendary apparition, the Headless Horseman.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Miranda Richardson, Michael Gambon

Votes: 290,589 | Gross: $101.07M

7. The Exorcist III (1990)

R | 110 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

6.3
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A police lieutenant uncovers more than he bargained for as his investigation of a series of murders, which have all the hallmarks of the deceased Gemini serial killer, leads him to question the patients of a psychiatric ward.

Director: William Peter Blatty | Stars: George C. Scott, Ed Flanders, Brad Dourif, Jason Miller

Votes: 19,923 | Gross: $26.10M

8. Audition (1999)

R | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

7.2
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69 Metascore

A widower takes an offer to screen girls at a special audition, arranged for him by a friend to find him a new wife. The one he fancies is not who she appears to be after all.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Tetsu Sawaki, Jun Kunimura

Votes: 61,046

9. The Stendhal Syndrome (1996)

Not Rated | 113 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.1
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42 Metascore

A young policewoman slowly goes insane while tracking down an elusive serial rapist/killer through Italy when she herself becomes a victim of the brutal man's obsession.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Asia Argento, Thomas Kretschmann, Marco Leonardi, Luigi Diberti

Votes: 6,208

10. Candyman (1992)

R | 99 min | Horror, Thriller

6.6
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The Candyman, a murderous soul with a hook for a hand, is accidentally summoned to reality by a skeptic grad student researching the monster's myth.

Director: Bernard Rose | Stars: Virginia Madsen, Xander Berkeley, Tony Todd, Kasi Lemmons

Votes: 55,159 | Gross: $25.79M

11. In the Mouth of Madness (1994)

R | 95 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

7.2
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53 Metascore

An insurance investigator begins discovering that the impact a horror writer's books have on his fans is more than inspirational.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Sam Neill, Jürgen Prochnow, Julie Carmen, David Warner

Votes: 48,805 | Gross: $8.95M

12. Besat (1999)

99 min | Action, Crime, Horror

6.3
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A man is found in an airport, dead of a mysterious disease. A race begins to save humanity from what could be a global plague.

Director: Anders Rønnow Klarlund | Stars: Ole Lemmeke, Kirsti Eline Torhaug, Ole Ernst, Niels Anders Thorn

Votes: 672

13. Cronos (1993)

R | 94 min | Horror

6.7
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70 Metascore

A mysterious device designed to provide its owner with eternal life resurfaces after four hundred years, leaving a trail of destruction in its path.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Federico Luppi, Ron Perlman, Claudio Brook, Margarita Isabel

Votes: 22,494 | Gross: $0.62M

14. Army of Darkness (1992)

R | 81 min | Comedy, Horror

7.6
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57 Metascore

A man is accidentally transported to 1300 A.D., where he must battle an army of the dead and retrieve the Necronomicon so he can return home.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidtz, Marcus Gilbert, Ian Abercrombie

Votes: 142,343 | Gross: $11.50M

15. Nattevagten (1994)

R | 107 min | Thriller

7.3
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In order to finance his law studies, Martin starts as a night watchman in a mortuary. When the victims of a serial killer of prostitutes are deposited there, scary things begin to happen. ... See full summary »

Director: Ole Bornedal | Stars: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Sofie Gråbøl, Kim Bodnia, Lotte Andersen

Votes: 13,366

16. Two Evil Eyes (1990)

R | 120 min | Horror

6.1
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61 Metascore

Two horror tales based on short stories by Edgar Allan Poe directed by two famous horror directors, George A. Romero and Dario Argento. A greedy wife kills her husband, but not completely. A sleazy reporter adopts a strange black cat.

Directors: Dario Argento, George A. Romero | Stars: Adrienne Barbeau, Harvey Keitel, Ramy Zada, Bingo O'Malley

Votes: 4,879 | Gross: $0.35M

17. Cube (1997)

R | 90 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.3
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61 Metascore

Six complete strangers of widely varying personality characteristics are involuntarily placed in an endless maze containing deadly traps.

Director: Vincenzo Natali | Stars: Nicole de Boer, Maurice Dean Wint, David Hewlett, Andrew Miller

Votes: 179,000 | Gross: $0.50M

18. Brainscan (1994)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

6.1
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A teenager is part of an interactive video game where he kills innocent victims. Later, the murders become real.

Director: John Flynn | Stars: Edward Furlong, Frank Langella, T. Ryder Smith, Amy Hargreaves

Votes: 8,994 | Gross: $4.26M

19. Body Bags (1993 TV Movie)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

6.1
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Three short stories in the horror genre. The first about a serial killer. The second about a hair transplant gone wrong. The third about a baseball player.

Directors: John Carpenter, Tobe Hooper, Larry Sulkis | Stars: John Carpenter, Tom Arnold, Tobe Hooper, Robert Carradine

Votes: 6,038

20. The People Under the Stairs (1991)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

6.3
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Two adults and a juvenile break into a house occupied by a brother and sister and their stolen children. There, they must fight for their lives.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Brandon Quintin Adams, Everett McGill, Wendy Robie, A.J. Langer

Votes: 26,372 | Gross: $24.20M

21. From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

R | 108 min | Action, Crime, Horror

7.3
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48 Metascore

Two criminals and their hostages unknowingly seek temporary refuge in a truck stop populated by vampires, with chaotic results.

Director: Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Harvey Keitel, George Clooney, Juliette Lewis, Quentin Tarantino

Votes: 242,508 | Gross: $25.75M

22. Thinner (1996)

R | 93 min | Fantasy, Horror

5.7
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33 Metascore

An obese attorney is cursed by a gypsy to rapidly and uncontrollably lose weight.

Director: Tom Holland | Stars: Robert John Burke, Joe Mantegna, Lucinda Jenney, Bethany Joy Lenz

Votes: 22,968 | Gross: $15.17M

23. The Dentist (1996)

R | 92 min | Horror

5.2
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An extremely successful dentist goes off the deep end after he catches his wife cheating on him.

Director: Brian Yuzna | Stars: Corbin Bernsen, Linda Hoffman, Michael Stadvec, Ken Foree

Votes: 6,940

24. Ticks (1993)

R | 85 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

5.4
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A group of troubled teenagers are led by social workers on a California wilderness retreat, not knowing that the woods they are camping in have become infested by mutated, blood-sucking ticks.

Director: Tony Randel | Stars: Rosalind Allen, Ami Dolenz, Seth Green, Virginya Keehne

Votes: 2,899

25. Frankenhooker (1990)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Horror

6.1
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A medical student sets out to recreate his decapitated fiancée by building her a new body made of Manhattan street prostitutes.

Director: Frank Henenlotter | Stars: James Lorinz, Joanne Ritchie, Patty Mullen, J.J. Clark

Votes: 7,094 | Gross: $0.21M