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The Scariest Horror Movies of the 1990s 

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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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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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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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Tony Todd, Bill Moseley, Patricia Tallman

Released: 1990

Directed by: Tom Savini

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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 Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

Released: 1996

Directed by: Wes Craven

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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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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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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

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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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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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The Silence of the Lambs... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies of the 1990s
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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Army of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies of the 1990s
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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Urban Legend is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies of the 1990s
dee123 added Jared Leto, Tara Reid, Alicia Witt

Released: 1998

Directed by: Jamie Blanks

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

Released: 1997

Directed by: Jim Gillespie

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Catherine Zeta-Jones, Liam Neeson, Owen Wilson

Released: 1999

Directed by: Jan de Bont

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Released: 1994

Directed by: Wes Craven

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Released: 1997

Directed by: Wes Craven

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John Goodman, Brandy Norwood, Jeff Daniels

Released: 1990

Directed by: Frank Marshall

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dee123 added Sam Neill, Julie Carmen, Jürgen Prochnow

Released: 1994

Directed by: John Carpenter

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dee123 added Salma Hayek, Usher, Famke Janssen

Released: 1998

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez

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Jenny Agutter, Brad Dourif, Beth Grant

Released: 1990

Directed by: John Lafia

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Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst

Released: 1994

Directed by: Neil Jordan

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