We all watch movies, and which is the “best” is a matter of opinion really. Here are the top 10 horror movies from 1990-2000. Don’t forget to check out other lists throughout Thought for Your Penny.
10. Candyman (1992) 70% at Rotten Tomatoes
Like Bloody Mary, Candyman’s name is one you shouldn’t say five times in front of a mirror. The son of a slave who was brutally murdered in 1890 for fathering a child with a white woman, Candyman now haunts Chicago projects for vengeance. Grad student Helen Lyle is determined to prove he doesn’t exist, but ends up becoming part of him instead.
Director: Bernard Rose
Starring: Tony Todd, Virginia Madsen, Xander Berkeley
9. The Blair Witch Project (1999) 87% at Rotten Tomatoes
This is the movie that jumpstarted the “found footage” genre of horror films. When three film students go into the woods to film an urban legend of the Blair Witch, they never return. The footage is found and edited into a movie with the most innovative Internet marketing campaign of the time period.
Director: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sanchez
Starring: Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams, Joshua Leonard
8. Se7en (1995) 80% at Rotten Tomatoes
A serial killer taunts two homicide detectives while choosing victims (and horrific murder methodology) based on the seven deadly sins. As they try to get in the mind of the killer, he continues his rampage, leading to a final confrontation, a gory surprise in a box, and the final deadly sin – wrath.
Director: David Fincher
Starring: Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey
7. Scream (1996) 79% at Rotten Tomatoes
A serial killer is on the loose in a small, suburban town, and he has a penchant for horror trivia. Craven is a master of the horror genre and puts it all on full display in this meta horror movie that challenges all the tropes (while still using them all).
Director: Wes Craven
Starring: Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, Skeet Ulrich
6. I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) 35% at Rotten Tomatoes
Four teens accidentally kill a man on an empty road, dumping his body into the sea to hide their mistake. A year later, they start receiving ominous notes of “I know what you did last summer.” Now they’re being murdered one by one and must find the killer to stop it.
Director: Jim Gillespie
Starring: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe
5. The Frighteners (1996) 62% at Rotten Tomatoes
Frank Bannister can see ghosts, so he teams up with them to stage hauntings and subsequent exorcisms. Of course, not all ghosts are friendly, and when one starts actually killing people, Bannister actually has to do a real job.
Director: Peter Jackson
Starring: Michael J. Fox, Trini Alvarado, Jake Busey
4. From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) 65% at Rotten Tomatoes
Two criminals take a former minister and his family hostage on their way to Mexico. They stop at a bar called the Titty Twister to wait for their meeting in the morning. Unfortunately, it’s also the top of an Aztec temple that’s haunted by vampires.
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Starring: George Clooney, Juliette Lewis, Harvey Keitel
3. Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight (1995) 38% at Rotten Tomatoes
Brayker is the holder of the last of seven keys, which contain the blood of Jesus Christ. The Collector and an army of demons tracks him to a small town inn where the ultimate battle between good and evil takes place. Also the cryptkeeper is awesome.
Director: Ernest R. DIckerson
Starring: Billy Zane, William Sadler, Jada Pinkett Smith
2. Audition (1999) 80% at Rotten Tomatoes
After losing his wife, a producer holds a sham movie casting call to have women audition to be his new bride. He chooses the beautiful Asami Yamazaki, who has a disturbed past. Soon he learns she’s a serial killer of men she feels wronged her, and he must fight for his life.
Director: Takashi Miike
Starring: Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Tetsu Sawaki
1. Ringu (1999) 97% at Rotten Tomatoes
A cursed video is said to kill people within 7 days of watching, and a reporter is researching it after her niece and friends mysteriously die. They try to appease the vengeful spirit (Onryo) of the girl on the tape, and assume it works. Unfortunately, it’s a never-ending cycle and the only way to stay alive is to copy the tape and show it to someone else.
Director: Hideo Nakata
Starring: Nanako Matsushima, Miki Nakatani, Yuko Takeuchi