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The Best Horror Movies of 1998 

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Updated September 22, 2019 1.3k votes 91 voters 1.4k views 116 items

List of the best 1998 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 1998, 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 is made up of movies like Blade and Godzilla. This isn't necessarily a list of all horror movies from 1998, but it does contain all the ones worth watching.
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Salma Hayek, Usher, Famke Janssen

Released: 1998

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez

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Hiroyuki Sanada, Miki Nakatani, Yūko Takeuchi

Released: 1998

Directed by: Hideo Nakata

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Katherine Heigl, Jennifer Tilly, John Ritter

Released: 1998

Directed by: Ronny Yu

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Urban Legend is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1998
Jared Leto, Tara Reid, Alicia Witt

Released: 1998

Directed by: Jamie Blanks

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Disquieting Truths About Lilith, The Night Hag #159 of 784 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time #10 of 70 The Best Teen Slasher Movies

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Amy Smart, Linda Cardellini, Dee Snider

Released: 1998

Directed by: John Pieplow

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Jamie Lee Curtis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michelle Williams

Released: 1998

Directed by: Steve Miner

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Katie Holmes, James Marsden, Nick Stahl

Released: 1998

Directed by: David Nutter

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Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Traci Lords

Released: 1998

Directed by: Stephen Norrington

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Famke Janssen, Djimon Hounsou, Jason Flemyng

Released: 1998

Directed by: Stephen Sommers

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James Woods, Daniel Baldwin, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

Released: 1998

Directed by: John Carpenter

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Urban Legends Carl Crew, Dino Lee

Released: 1998

Directed by: Bill Osco

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The Last Broadcast is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1998
Holly Madison, Stefan Avalos, David Beard

Released: 1998

Directed by: Lance Weiler, Stefan Avalos

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Sharon Stone, Samuel L. Jackson, Dustin Hoffman

Released: 1998

Directed by: Barry Levinson

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The Strangers

Released: 1998

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Phantoms Ben Affleck, Rose McGowan, Liev Schreiber

Released: 1998

Directed by: Joe Chappelle

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Anthony Wong, Alien Sun, Law Lan

Released: 1998

Directed by: Ng Yiu Kuen

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Mila Kunis, Vincent Schiavelli, Richard Portnow

Released: 1998

Directed by: Pascal Franchot

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Sarah Chalke, Markie Post, Ben Foster

Released: 1998

Directed by: Christopher Leitch

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Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jack Black, Brandy Norwood

Released: 1998

Directed by: Danny Cannon

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Talisman Walter Emanuel Jones, Claudiu Trandafir, Ilinca Goia

Released: 1998

Directed by: David DeCoteau

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Godzilla is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1998
Matthew Broderick, Hank Azaria, Jean Reno

Released: 1998

Directed by: Roland Emmerich

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Clint Howard, Corbin Bernsen, Jeff Doucette

Released: 1998

Directed by: Brian Yuzna

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The Eighteenth Angel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1998
Rachael Leigh Cook, Stanley Tucci, Christopher McDonald

Released: 1998

Directed by: William Bindley

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Creature Kim Cattrall, Craig T. Nelson, Colm Feore

Released: 1998

Directed by: Stuart Gillard

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Lady of the Lake Tennyson Loeh, Marty Daniels, Erik Rutherford

Released: 1998

Directed by: Maurice Devereaux