The Best Horror Films Of The 1990s

The 1990s were a great decade for the movie industry. From classics like The Shawshank Redemption to blockbusters akin to Jurassic Park, many might consider a true golden era for the film industry.

It was also a time that saw the rise of a great number of horror films, and they fit in well with the dark and grungy ambience to many movies of the age.

Horror films have become somewhat repetitive and generic over the last few years, but many will remember the 1990s as one of the best decades when it comes to classic horror films. Here we will look at some of the best horrors of the time.

1. Candyman

While at its premise it might sound a bit campy and silly, and many weren’t expecting much from the upcoming Candyman, released in 1992.

But Candyman proved to be a powerful film, touching on the low quality of life that the people of colour experience in parts of the US, as well as the long history of racism within the country. It also works well as a thrilling movie, with excellent writing, brilliant acting, and a captivating storyline.

2. The Silence Of The Lambs

While more of a psychological thriller rather than a horror, it’s Anthony Hopkins’ performance is what really transforms this movie. The infamous Hannibal is one of the most memorable villains of all time, bringing a strange mix of class, intelligence, and unadulterated psychopathy.

It’s considered by many to be one of the best movies of all time, and a true gem of the 1990s.

3. The Sixth Sense

With one of the greatest twists ever written, The Sixth Sense was among the best of the late 1990s, and stars Bruce Willis and the talented Haley Joel Osment.

We follow the therapist played by Bruce Willis as he meets a young boy that seems to be suffering from a number of issues. It turns out that the boy has a special ability and will forever change the therapist’s life.

4. The Blair Witch Project

The producers of The Blair Witch Project went to great lengths to sell this movie to the public as real found footage. It turned out to be a fantastic success all around, and it was such a powerful premise that it led to a number of people passing out during the initial cinema viewings.

The film follows a group of campers that get lost in the woods, eventually discovering that they’re being hunted down by some kind of force. The actors give a riveting and believable performance that makes it difficult to watch at certain times. While not many people enjoyed this movie, there’s no doubt that it sparked an entirely genre, even if some would have preferred to stay at home and check out the latest and games.

5. New Nightmare

This was the movie that introduced villain Freddy Krueger, one of the most terrifying bad guys in recent memory, and one that become a staple of the horror genre.

While the franchise would go on to spawn a number of inferior movies, the original is still a true work of art that proved that director Wes Craven a powerful force within the industry.