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The Best Horror Movies of 1996

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List of the best 1996 horror movies, ranked by how many upvotes they've received by other fans of the genre. All types of scary movies are represented below, including thrillers, slashers, gore, psychological horror films and more. These are all the horror movies that defined the year 1996, so vote for your favorites and help them rise to the top. This poll is also a great resource for finding new movies that you haven't already seen, especially since you can watch trailers for each film right on this page. To make sure this list is as accurate as possible, please don't downvote a movie if you haven't seen it.

This list contains movies like Scream and From Dusk till Dawn. This isn't necessarily a list of all horror movies from 1996, but it does contain all the ones worth watching.
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  • Scream1
    52
    13

    Scream

    Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan

    Released1996

    Directed byWes Craven

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  • From Dusk till Dawn2
    29
    12

    From Dusk till Dawn

    Salma Hayek, George Clooney

    Released1996

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez, Sarah Kelly

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  • The Craft3
    23
    7

    The Craft

    Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney

    Released1996

    Directed byAndrew Fleming

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  • Screamers4
    15
    5

    Screamers

    Peter Weller, Jennifer Rubin

    Released1995

    Directed byChristian Duguay

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  • The Ghost and the Darkness5
    13
    4

    The Ghost and the Darkness

    Val Kilmer, Michael Douglas

    Released1996

    Directed byStephen Hopkins

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  • Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie6
    15
    7

    Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie

    Kevin Murphy, Michael J. Nelson

    Released1996

    Directed byJim Mallon

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  • Thinner7
    16
    9

    Thinner

    Stephen King, Kari Wührer

    Released1996

    Directed byTom Holland

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  • Hellraiser: Bloodline8
    18
    11

    Hellraiser: Bloodline

    Adam Scott, Doug Bradley

    Released1996

    Directed byJoe Chappelle, Kevin Yagher

  • Bad Moon9
    15
    8

    Bad Moon

    Mariel Hemingway, Michael Paré

    Released1996

    Directed byEric Red

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  • The Frighteners10
    21
    16

    The Frighteners

    Michael J. Fox, Peter Jackson

    Released1996

    Directed byPeter Jackson

  • The Grave11
    16
    10

    The Grave

    Anthony Michael Hall, Gabrielle Anwar

    Released1996

    Directed byJonas Pate

  • Trilogy of Terror II12
    17
    13

    Trilogy of Terror II

    Lysette Anthony

    Released1996

    Directed byDan Curtis

  • Bordello of Blood13
    14
    10

    Bordello of Blood

    Corey Feldman, Angie Everhart

    Released1996

    Directed byGilbert Adler

  • Satan Returns14
    11
    6

    Satan Returns

    Donnie Yen, Dayo Wong

    Released1996

    Directed byWai Lun Lam

  • Organ15
    10
    5

    Organ

    Shun Sugata, Kei Fujiwara

    Released1996

    Directed byKei Fujiwara

  • Breeders16
    11
    7

    Breeders

    Samantha Zoe Womack, Kadamba Simmons

    Released1996

    Directed byPaul Matthews

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  • The Bride of Frank17
    11
    7

    The Bride of Frank

    Tasim Atkinson

    Released1996

    Directed byEscalpo Don Balde

  • Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering18
    15
    12

    Released1996

    Directed byGreg Spence

  • Birth of the Wizard19
    7
    6

    Birth of the Wizard

    Hideyo Amamoto, Koichi Chiba

    Released1996

    Directed byShimako Sato

  • Tremors 2: Aftershocks20
    9
    9

    Tremors 2: Aftershocks

    Fred Ward, Michael Gross

    Released1996

    Directed byS. S. Wilson, Andy Wilson

  • Mary Reilly21
    6
    6

    Mary Reilly

    Julia Roberts, John Malkovich

    Released1996

    Directed byStephen Frears

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  • Thesis22
    6
    6

    Thesis

    Eduardo Noriega, Ana Torrent

    Released1996

    Directed byAlejandro Amenábar

  • Sarah's Child23
    6
    7

    Sarah's Child

    Michael Berger, Mary Williams

    Released1996

    Directed byRon Beckstrom

  • Doll from Hell24
    5
    5

    Doll from Hell

    Houka Kinoshita, Kazuyoshi Ozawa

    Released1996

    Directed byShinobu Murata

  • The Uninvited25
    5
    6

    The Uninvited

    Beau Bridges, Sharon Lawrence

    Released1996

    Directed byLarry Shaw