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The Scariest '90s Horror Movies 

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List Rules Vote up the 1990s films that gave you the biggest chills and thrills, whether they were the "best" horror movies or not!

Ahh, the '90s. Operation Desert Storm, Bill Clinton, the death of Princess Diana, and yes, scary, scary horror movies. What are the scariest horror movies from the 1990's? This list has them all, ranked by the scariest by film lovers everywhere.
 
Whether you’re looking for a realistic flick based on true (or supposedly true) events or a completely fictional, scary horror story there’s sure to be the perfect 90's movie 
 
This list features the scariest horror movies from the 90s, including: Scream, The Silence of the Lambs, Night of the Living Dead, Afraid of the Dark, and Candman. Vote up your favorite scary '90s horror film below or add the ones you love that aren't already on the list.
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Tim Curry, Seth Green, John Ritter

Released: 1990

Directed by: Tommy Lee Wallace

It is a 1990 psychological horror/drama miniseries based on Stephen King's novel of the same name. The story revolves around an inter-dimensional predatory life-form, which has the ability to ...more

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The Silence of the Lambs... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest '90s Horror Movies
Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

Released: 1991

Directed by: Jonathan Demme

The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 American thriller film that blends elements of the crime and horror genres. Directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, and Scott ...more

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Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd, Vanessa A. Williams

Released: 1992

Directed by: Bernard Rose

Candyman is a 1992 American horror film written and directed by Bernard Rose, based on the short story "The Forbidden" by Clive Barker, though the film's scenario is switched from ...more

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but chickens double d added Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan

Released: 1990

Directed by: Rob Reiner

Misery is a 1990 American psychological thriller film based on Stephen King's 1987 novel of the same name and starring James Caan, Kathy Bates, Lauren Bacall, Richard Farnsworth, and Frances ...more

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dee123 added Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

Released: 1996

Directed by: Wes Craven

Scream is a 1996 American slasher film written by Kevin Williamson and directed by Wes Craven. The film stars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Drew Barrymore, and David Arquette. Released on ...more

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Arthur Williams added Justin Long, Eileen Brennan, Victor Salva

Released: 2001

Directed by: Victor Salva

Jeepers Creepers is a 2001 American horror film written and directed by Victor Salva. The film takes its name from the 1938 song "Jeepers Creepers", which is featured in the film.

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Tony Todd, Bill Moseley, Patricia Tallman

Released: 1990

Directed by: Tom Savini

This film is a 1990 American horror film directed by Tom Savini and starring Tony Todd, Patricia Tallman and Tom Towles. It is a remake of George A. Romero's 1968 horror film of the same name. ...more

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Ving Rhames, A. J. Langer, Bill Cobbs

Released: 1991

Directed by: Wes Craven

The People Under the Stairs is a 1991 American horror film written and directed by Wes Craven and starring Brandon Adams, Everett McGill, Wendy Robie, A. J. Langer, Ving Rhames and Sean Whalen.

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Arthur Williams added Ali Larter, Famke Janssen, Geoffrey Rush

Released: 1999

Directed by: William Malone

House on Haunted Hill is a 1999 American horror film, directed by William Malone and starring Geoffrey Rush, Famke Janssen, Taye Diggs, Ali Larter and Jeffrey Combs. It also includes a cameo ...more

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dee123 added Jennifer Morrison, Kevin Bacon, Illeana Douglas

Released: 1999

Directed by: David Koepp

Stir of Echoes is a supernatural horror-thriller released in the US in 1999, starring Kevin Bacon and directed by David Koepp. The film is loosely based on the novel A Stir of Echoes by Richard ...more

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Arthur Williams added Salma Hayek, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino

Released: 1996

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez, Sarah Kelly

From Dusk till Dawn is a 1996 American horror-crime thriller film directed by Robert Rodriguez and written by Quentin Tarantino. It stars George Clooney, Tarantino, Harvey Keitel and Juliette ...more

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Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder

Released: 1992

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

Bram Stoker's Dracula is a 1992 American horror film directed and produced by Francis Ford Coppola, based on the 1897 Gothic horror novel by Bram Stoker. Count Dracula (Gary Oldman), a ...more

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John Goodman, Brandy Norwood, Jeff Daniels

Released: 1990

Directed by: Frank Marshall

Arachnophobia is a 1990 American horror comedy film directed by Frank Marshall and starring Jeff Daniels and John Goodman. It was the first film released by Hollywood Pictures, as well as being ...more

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#178 of 493 The Funniest '90s Movies #89 of 568 The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

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dee123 added Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Christopher Walken

Released: 1999

Directed by: Tim Burton

Sleepy Hollow is a 1999 American fantasy horror adventure film directed by Tim Burton. It is a film adaptation loosely inspired by the 1820 short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington ...more

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dee123 added Wes Craven, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp

Released: 1994

Directed by: Wes Craven

Wes Craven's New Nightmare is a 1994 American slasher metafilm written and directed by original Nightmare on Elm Street creator Wes Craven. Although it is the seventh film in the franchise, it ...more

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dee123 added Salma Hayek, Usher, Famke Janssen

Released: 1998

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez

The Faculty is a 1998 science fiction horror film written by Kevin Williamson and directed by Robert Rodriguez. The film stars Josh Hartnett, Elijah Wood, Shawn Hatosy, Jordana Brewster, Clea ...more

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Army of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest '90s Horror Movies
Bridget Fonda, Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi

Released: 1992

Directed by: Sam Raimi

Army of Darkness is a 1992 American dark fantasy action comedy film directed by Sam Raimi. It is the third installment of The Evil Dead franchise. The film was written by Sam Raimi and his ...more

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Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst

Released: 1994

Directed by: Neil Jordan

Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles is a 1994 American romantic horror film directed by Neil Jordan, based on the 1976 novel Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice, and starring ...more

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Jenny Agutter, Brad Dourif, Beth Grant

Released: 1990

Directed by: John Lafia

Child's Play 2 is a 1990 American horror film, the sequel to Child's Play, written by Don Mancini and directed by John Lafia. It was released on November 9, 1990, exactly two years after the ...more

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Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, Kiefer Sutherland

Released: 1990

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

Flatliners is a 1990 American sci-fi horror thriller film directed by Joel Schumacher, starring Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin and Oliver Platt. Five medical ...more

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Kevin Bacon, Reba McEntire, Fred Ward

Released: 1990

Directed by: Ron Underwood

Tremors is a 1990 American western monster film directed by Ron Underwood, written by Brent Maddock, S. S. Wilson and Underwood, and starring Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward, Finn Carter, Michael Gross, ...more

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dee123 added Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anne Heche

Released: 1997

Directed by: Jim Gillespie

I Know What You Did Last Summer is a 1997 American slasher film based on the 1973 novel of the same name by Lois Duncan. The film changes many aspects of the book, which was not a slasher novel. ...more

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Macaulay Culkin, Elijah Wood, David Morse

Released: 1993

Directed by: Joseph Ruben

The Good Son is a 1993 American psychological thriller film directed by Joseph Ruben and written by English novelist Ian McEwan. The film stars Macaulay Culkin and Elijah Wood.

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Jacob's Ladder is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest '90s Horror Movies
Macaulay Culkin, Tim Robbins, Jason Alexander

Released: 1990

Directed by: Adrian Lyne

Jacob's Ladder is a 1990 American psychological horror film directed by Adrian Lyne, written and produced by Bruce Joel Rubin and starring Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Peña and Danny Aiello. ...more

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Urban Legend is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest '90s Horror Movies
dee123 added Jared Leto, Tara Reid, Alicia Witt

Released: 1998

Directed by: Jamie Blanks

Urban Legend is a 1998 slasher film starring Jared Leto and Alicia Witt. The film is based on the premise that a mad man is using the methods of described in certain urban legends as a means to ...more

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