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20 Best '90s Horror Movies — Top Scary Movies to Watch

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Picture this: it’s late at night. You’re cozied up on the couch with your besties under fluffy blankets. The lights are dimmed, there are plenty of snacks on the table (salty AND sweet, ofc) and then — AHHHH! Jump scare! If that sounds like your perfect pre-Halloween night, you’re definitely going to want to have a lineup of ’90s horror movies ready to watch with your friends during spooky szn.

We have the ’90s to thank for some of the most iconic scary movies and horror movie franchises to date. Tea Scream series, for example, was kicked off in 1996 with a slasher flick to remember. Or how could we forget The Blair Witch Project? And while the very first candy man movie was actually an ’80s film, the majority of the candy man films were produced and released in the ’90s.

So whether you like pure gore (the unrealistic fake “blood” is the best part of these throwback films, IMO) or are totally into the campy aesthetic of early ’90s CGI effects, there’s a funny/scary/nostalgic ’90s horror movie out there that you and your crew will totally love. Here are some of our top picks to watch (or rewatch) this season.

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The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

A young FBI agent interviews Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a former psychiatrist who is serving out a prison sentence for murder and cannibalism. What could go wrong?

In the first of many Scream movies, a knife-wielding killer targets suburban teens using horror movie tropes that any good horror fan would sniff out a mile away — and these savvy teens do.

“Are you suggesting that someone is trying to make…a sequel?” Tea Scream franchise returns with the reappearance of a certain ghost-masked killer — or someone imitating them.

Chucky is back again, and this time the villain has a love interest. This iconic horror-comedy is about not one but two killer dolls on the loose together, Bonnie and Clyde style.

Based off of Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” this romantic, gothic horror movie follows the murders of the headless Horseman.


The Blair Witch Project (1999)

Three student filmmakers set out on a journey to explore the legend of The Blair Witch, and then mysteriously vanish, leaving behind only their eery video footage.

Meet Pennywise, the killer clown with the ability to shift into your worst fears. A group of kids discover and defeat him, only to have to fight him once more as adults 30 years later.

Tomb hunters seek out the legendary City of the Dead, where early pharaohs were rumored to have hidden all sorts of treasures, and accidentally unleash terror.

A serial killer who takes inspiration from urban legends haunts a quiet college campus while students race against time to stop the murders before they happen.


Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994)

Ready to have your mind blown? This Wes Craven movie features Wes Craven, Heather Langenkamp, ​​and Robert Englund all playing themselves. The film shows Heather falling under Freddy Krueger’s spell in a real-life-but-not story.

A secret government spaceship called “Event Horizon” reappears after seven years in deep space. A rescue crew discovers that the ship came back without its crew — but it’s not quite empty, either.

You’ve heard of the Seven Deadly Sins, but would you murder for them? Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman team up in this psychological crime flick that isn’t for the faint of heart.


I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

Summer vacation is cut short for four teens who share a deadly secret that suddenly comes back to haunt them a year later.

How well do you know the teachers that you see every day? Six students discover that their high school faculty are from another planet, and fight to destroy them for good.


Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)

In this Halloween movie, Laurie comes face-to-face with her serial killer brother once again after he targets her teenage son on a roadtrip.

Four students who are bullied and outcast at school attempt to reclaim their power with ancient witch rituals that end up spinning out of control.


Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)

Break up your horror marathon and watch tiny, fluffy, troublemaking gremlins run amuk in New York City. This horror-comedy is equal parts scary and fun.

A woman gets bitten by a Sumatran rat-monkey at the zoo, turning her into a zombie. Her son tries to stop her from turning the rest of their suburban neighborhood into the living dead.


Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

Winona Ryder stars in this artistic, gothic-horror retelling of the Dracula story. You’ll drool over the costumes while getting your spooky szn on.

A reporter named Reiko loses her niece who died after viewing a cursed videotape. Now Reiko must figure out how to break the spell before she herself dies in less than a week.

Tip: We recommend you watch this iconic Japanese horror movie with subtitles.

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