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The Scariest Horror Movies of the 1990s

Updated July 1, 2020 32.8k votes 2.1k voters 42.4k views66 items

List RulesVote 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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  • Candyman1
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    Candyman

    Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd

    Released1992

    Directed byBernard Rose

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  • It2
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    It

    Tim Curry, Seth Green

    Released1990

    Directed byTommy Lee Wallace

    It is a 1990 psychological horror/drama miniseries based on Stephen King's novel of the same...  more
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    Jeepers Creepers

    Justin Long, Eileen Brennan

    Released2001

    Directed byVictor Salva

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  • Night of the Living Dead4
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    Night of the Living Dead

    Tony Todd, Bill Moseley

    Released1990

    Directed byTom Savini

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  • Scream5
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    Scream

    Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan

    Released1996

    Directed byWes Craven

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  • Misery6
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    Misery

    Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates

    Released1990

    Directed byRob Reiner

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  • The People Under the Stairs7
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    The People Under the Stairs

    Ving Rhames, A. J. Langer

    Released1991

    Directed byWes Craven

    The People Under the Stairs is a 1991 American horror film written and directed by Wes Craven...  more
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  • House on Haunted Hill8
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    House on Haunted Hill

    Ali Larter, Famke Janssen

    Released1999

    Directed byWilliam Malone

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  • Stir of Echoes9
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    Stir of Echoes

    Jennifer Morrison, Kevin Bacon

    Released1999

    Directed byDavid Koepp

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  • From Dusk till Dawn10
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    From Dusk till Dawn

    Salma Hayek, George Clooney

    Released1996

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez, Sarah Kelly

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  • Flatliners11
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    Flatliners

    Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon

    Released1990

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

    Flatliners is a 1990 American sci-fi horror thriller film directed by Joel Schumacher,...  more
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  • Bram Stoker's Dracula12
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    Bram Stoker's Dracula

    Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves

    Released1992

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    Bram Stoker's Dracula is a 1992 American horror film directed and produced by Francis Ford...  more
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  • The Silence of the Lambs13
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    The Silence of the Lambs

    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins

    Released1991

    Directed byJonathan Demme

    The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 American thriller film that blends elements of the crime...  more
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  • Sleepy Hollow14
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    Sleepy Hollow

    Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci

    Released1999

    Directed byTim Burton

    Sleepy Hollow is a 1999 American fantasy horror adventure film directed by Tim Burton. It is a...  more
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  • Army of Darkness15
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    Army of Darkness

    Bridget Fonda, Bruce Campbell

    Released1992

    Directed bySam Raimi

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  • I Know What You Did Last Summer16
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    I Know What You Did Last Summer

    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Released1997

    Directed byJim Gillespie

    I Know What You Did Last Summer is a 1997 American slasher film based on the 1973 novel of the...  more
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  • Urban Legend17
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    Urban Legend

    Jared Leto, Tara Reid

    Released1998

    Directed byJamie Blanks

    Urban Legend is a 1998 slasher film starring Jared Leto and Alicia Witt. The film is based on...  more
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  • Scream 218
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    Scream 2

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Courteney Cox

    Released1997

    Directed byWes Craven

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  • The Haunting19
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    The Haunting

    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Liam Neeson

    Released1999

    Directed byJan de Bont

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  • Wes Craven's New Nightmare20
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    Wes Craven's New Nightmare

    Wes Craven, Robert Englund

    Released1994

    Directed byWes Craven

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  • Arachnophobia21
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    John Goodman, Brandy Norwood

    Released1990

    Directed byFrank Marshall

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  • The Faculty22
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    Salma Hayek, Usher

    Released1998

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez

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  • In the Mouth of Madness23
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    Sam Neill, Julie Carmen

    Released1994

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  • Child's Play 224
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    Child's Play 2

    Jenny Agutter, Brad Dourif

    Released1990

    Directed byJohn Lafia

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  • Tremors25
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    Kevin Bacon, Reba McEntire

    Released1990

    Directed byRon Underwood

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