Updated: Oct 14
Over an upcoming series of lists we will explore iconic horror from across the decades and pick a selection which we feel are our favourites. Today we look at the era of 1990-2000.
If you're anything like me, you've got a soft spot for the 90s. It was a decade of grunge, dial-up internet, and some seriously memorable horror flicks. So, let's take a nostalgic trip back to the 90s and revisit the 10 best horror films from 1990-2000.
1. "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991)
Kicking off our list is the chilling psychological thriller, "The Silence of the Lambs." This film is a masterclass in suspense and character development. Anthony Hopkins' portrayal of the cannibalistic psychiatrist, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, is nothing short of iconic. Jodie Foster's performance as the determined FBI trainee, Clarice Starling, is equally impressive. This film will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.
2. "Scream" (1996)
Next up, we have "Scream," a film that cleverly combines horror and satire. Directed by Wes Craven, this film revitalized the slasher genre with its self-aware humor and unexpected twists. It's a must-watch for any horror fan, especially if you enjoy a good whodunit. A great film to enjoy with friends for the first time together, see if you can guess who the killer is.
3. "Candyman" (1992)
"Candyman" is a haunting tale of urban legends and the power of belief. Tony Todd's performance as the titular character is both terrifying and tragic. The film's exploration of social issues, such as race and class, sets it apart from many other horror films of the decade. You will never be able to look into the bathroom mirror the same way again after watching this classic.
4. "Misery" (1990)
Based on Stephen King's novel, "Misery" is a chilling tale of obsession and captivity. Kathy Bates delivers a bone-chilling performance as Annie Wilkes, a deranged fan who holds her favorite author hostage. This film will make you think twice about meeting your idols. One of the best Stephen King adaptations we have seen so far absolutely chilling.
5. "The Blair Witch Project" (1999)
"The Blair Witch Project" revolutionized the found footage genre. This film follows three student filmmakers who venture into the Maryland woods to investigate the local Blair Witch legend. The film's realistic style and ambiguous ending make it a truly unsettling watch. For those of us who were around in the beginnings of the internet, this film had a marketing campaign that had never been seen before, and scared the life out of cinema goers around the world.
6. "The Sixth Sense" (1999)
"The Sixth Sense" is a supernatural horror film that delivers one of the most memorable plot twists in cinema history. Haley Joel Osment's performance as a young boy who can see and communicate with the dead is both touching and eerie. This film is a masterclass in suspense and storytelling, if you haven't seen it, then just watch it and don't look it up.
7. "Ringu" (1998)
"Ringu" is a Japanese horror film that introduced many Western audiences to the chilling world of J-horror. The film's eerie atmosphere and slow-burning suspense make it a standout in the genre. The image of the vengeful ghost, Sadako, crawling out of a television screen is one that you won't soon forget.
8. "Event Horizon" (1997)
"Event Horizon" is a sci-fi horror film that takes viewers on a terrifying journey into the depths of space. The film's blend of cosmic horror and body horror creates a truly nightmarish viewing experience. If you're a fan of films like "Alien" and "Hellraiser," you'll definitely want to check this one out.
9. "Jacob's Ladder" (1990)
Rounding out our list is "Jacob's Ladder," a psychological horror film that explores themes of death and the afterlife. The film's disturbing visuals and ambiguous narrative will leave you questioning your own perception of reality.
10. "Audition" (1999)
Another Japanese horror flick on the list, this time from the legendary director Takashi Miike. This is a film that has to be seen to be believed, truly unsettling and disturbing yet darkly beautiful. Best to be seen without much known before, this is a film that still disturbs us 20 years after seeing it for the first time.
So, there you have it... 10 of the best horror films from 1990-2000. These films not only defined the horror genre in the 90s but also continue to influence modern horror films. So, why not take a spooky stroll down memory lane and revisit these classics? If you haven't had the pleasure of experiencing any of these classics before then you are in for a treat, and we would love to hear your opinions below.
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