The 1990s were a time of change and innovation in Hollywood, as filmmakers started experimenting with new styles and content. Horror movies became more popular than ever during this decade, often creating intense feelings of dread and terror in viewers. These are some of the best horror films from the 1990s that will make you scream again!
The Exorcist III (1990)
Starring George C. Scott and Louise Fletcher, The Exorcist III takes up the story of Father Merrin as he comes face to face with a demon-possessed child who has been wreaking havoc on the world, including members of his own family. Joined by an African priest in possession of an ancient relic, Merrin must now confront the demon in a final battle that will shake heaven and earth.
The 1991 psychological thriller Shocker stars Michael Murphy as an LA firefighter who is killed by a supernatural bolt of lightning during a fire call. He returns from the dead via electricity to find his body altered with new abilities including superhuman strength and agility. Shocking the world, he begins to take revenge on those who wronged him during his lifetime.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)
Dracula is one of the most iconic horror movies ever made and tells the story of Count Dracula’s attempt to move from Transylvania, his home in Eastern Europe, into Victorian London so that he may find new blood and spread the undead curse. It stars Gary Oldman as Count Dracula; Winona Ryder as Mina Harker, the love interest; Anthony Hopkins as Van Helsing, Dracula’s archenemy.
Vampire in Brooklyn (1995)
A vampire moves to New York City and falls for a local woman who has just been threatened by her abusive husband. The two embark on a cross-country road trip together while being pursued by an evil cult.
Blair Witch Project (1999)
Three film students move into the Black Hills Forest in Maryland to document their friend’s story about a local witchcraft legend known as The Blair Witch, but become lost themselves and soon must find their way out of dark woods teeming with wild animals. Can they survive? What are they really filming?
The Sixth Sense (1999)
A boy who communicates with spirits that don’t know they’re dead seeks the help of a troubled child psychologist to understand what’s happening. As their bond deepens, some secrets are too painful for either one to bear and it becomes required viewing at night when you can’t sleep because all your dreams have been replaced with memories.
After a giant spider is spotted in the booming town of Canaima, arachnid researcher Dr. Ross (Jeff Daniels), his daughter Jenna Cross and best friend Paul Shaw must find out what it will take to stop this deadly creature from wreaking havoc on their small California community.
The People Under the Stairs (1991)
After moving in with his aunt and uncle, a boy finds out that they are not what he imagined them to be. His uncle is an evil man who keeps prisoners under the stairs of their house. The people under the stairs have created a way for escape but will only give it to him if he helps free all of them first.
Based on the novel by Stephen King, a pair of out-of-town owners decide to buy up property in small town America and quickly learn that their plans are not welcome. The townsfolk refuse to sell them any land so they hire three thugs (played brilliantly by Brian Krause, David Selby, and Christopher Plummer) to force them out. The townspeople retaliates by hiring a cat burglar (played brilliantly by Bridget Fonda) to do some “repairs” on the three thugs and run them off.
A horror comedy, Sleepwalkers is fun for all audiences–especially those who enjoy an unconventional take on society’s ills.
A psychologist invites three people to spend a week in her isolated house, which is haunted by the presence of several ghosts. One of their number believes that he may have brought one with him from the U.S., but can it be safely banished? The others are not so sure and before long they’re being terrorized by all manner of ghoul.
An author of best-selling novels is rescued from a car crash by a fan, only to be imprisoned in her home and tortured until he agrees to write the book she believes should have been his greatest work.
The Silence of the Lambs(1991)
Jodi Foster stars as a FBI agent Clarice Starling, who must confide in infamous serial killer Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) to try and take down … yes … another serial killer. If you’re afraid of the dark … or tight spaces … or, you know, getting eaten by a cannibal, this one is rough to watch.
(Do you like Horror Movies of the 1990s? Then you might like our article on Horror Movies of the 1980s, click here.)