Movies are the best mode of entertainment. Horror movies are not everyone’s cup of tea. The movies of 90’s were scary enough to give nightmares even to the horror lovers. Some of the best horror movies released in this decade, maybe this is the reason that 90’s era is known by the era of scariest movies. Have a look at my personal favorite list of top 10 horror movies of this era. Don’t forget to leave the lights on, if you are brave enough to watch the following list alone.
1. The Silence of The Lamb (1991)
Directed by Jonathan Demme, the start cast of this movie included Anthony Hopkins, Jodie Foster, Kasi Lemmons, Scott Glenn. It’s an American thriller having an element of horror and crime genres, based on the novel of the same name. Young FBI agent Clarice Starling (played by Jodie Foster) was assigned a case to find a missing woman and to save her from a psychopathic killer. To understand the mind of the serial killer, Clarice talks to another psychopath Hannibel Lecter (played by Anthony Hopkins). Lecter used to be a respected psychiatrist. Another FBI agent Jack Crawford (played by Scott Glenn) thinks that Lecter has all the answers they want and he can lead them to the killer. The chemistry between the two leading actor is worth watching, the non-sexual man woman connection is a lot thrilling. Its ending is unsettling and brilliant and leaves the users wanting for more.
Silence Of The Lambs
2. Dead Alive (1993)
Directed by Peter Jackson, the leading roles were played by Diana Penalver, Timothy Balme, Elizabeth Moody and Ian Watkin. Lionel Cosgrove (played by Timothy Balme) is a mama’s boy. He has to look after his overbearingly evil mother Vera Cosgrove (played by Elizabeth Moody). He falls in love with the local girl, who thinks that they both are destined to be together. But, his mother is bitten by mysterious creature and she dies only to turn into a zombie. Vera starts to kill other beings and turned them into zombies making the situation worse for Lionel. It is exciting to watch how Lionel fights with all the odds around him with blood all over the places.
3. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
The movies was directed by Danial Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez. The start cast included Heather Donahue, Joshua Leoanrd, Michael C. William, Patricia DeCou, Ed Swanson. Three film students travel to Maryland to film about the Blair Witch, which is a local urban legend there. They went to the hiking into the woods and never came back, but there video does. The film was founded in the woods after one year. That footage was compiled and made into a film.
The Blair Witch Project
4. Cemetery Man (1996)
Directed by Michele Soavi, the star cast included Rupert Everette, Francois Hadji-Lazaro, Anna Falchi, Mickey Knox, etc. This zombie, dark comedy and romantic thriller is about a cemetery attendant Francesco (played by Rupert Everette). Every seventh day the dead rises. It is Francesco’s and his assistants’ job to kill and dispatch them. Everything was going fine, until a mysterious woman came and Francesco fall in love with her. Everything goes haywire when the husband of that woman returns from the dead, as a zombie.
5. The Sixth Sense (1999)
Directed by M. Night Shyamalan, the star cast included Bruce Wills, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette, Olivia Williams etc. This film has all the emotions: fear, confusion, sadness, joy and humor. Dr. Malcolm Crowe, a child psychologist, helps a boy with the illness same as his ex-patient. The boy can communicate with the dead people. This movie has breathtaking moments which every horror movie lover definitely enjoyed.
The Sixth Sense
6. From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
Directed by Robert Rodriguez, the main roles were played by George Clooney, Quentine Tarantino, Harvey Keitel, and Juliette Lewis etc. Two criminal brothers Seth and Richard Gecko (George Clooney and Tarantino respectively) lead themselves and their hostages to a place full of vampires. The story has all the elements of action, western, horror and a very entertaining plot.
From Dusk Till Dawn
7. The Exorcist 3 (1990)
The director of movie was William Peter Blatty, whereas the start cast included George C. Scott, Ed Flanders, Brad Dourif, Jason Miller. It is about the return of the executed killer. Lt. Kinderman and father Dyer pays tribute to their long lost friend by going to the Georgetown to watch ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’. But there is no cheering Kinderman, while a particularly cruel serial killer is at large. The serial killer resembles Gemini Killer.
The Exorcist 3
8. Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Directed by Tim Burton, the cast included Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Miranda Richardson, Michael Gambon. The Curse of the headless horseman is the legacy of the small town of Sleepy Hollow. Spearhead by the eager constable Ichabod Crane and his new world ways into the marsh of secrets and murder. Secrets once laid to rest, best forgotten and now reawakened, and he too, holding a dark secret of a past once gone. The story, the sets, the special effects and most of all the cast and director make this a film well worth seeing, definitely the best thing out of Hollywood in a very long time.
9. Ring (1998)
Director by Hideo Nakata, cast of the movie included Nanako Matsushima, Miki Nakatani, Yuko Takeuchi, Hitomi Sato. The storyline is based around an urban legend that involves a piece of footage that causes the eventual death of anyone having watched it. A female news reporter, Reiko Asakawa, investigates this case after her niece is the latest victim of the alleged curse. The film follows the female lead’s search for clues as she races against time to find salvation. Caught up in the events is former husband, Ryuji Takayama, who possesses latent psychic abilities which come in handy later on as things start to spring to light. The atmosphere is the key part of the film that makes it a horror masterpiece. The story is cleverly written to move at a rate which keeps the audience interested and finally end in a twist that sets itself up for a sequel.
10. Candy Man (1992)
Directed by Bernard Rose, the main roles were played by Virginia Madson, Tony Todd, Xanden Berkeley, Kasi Lemmons. Helen Lyle, a student, decides to write a thesis about local legends and myths. She visits a part of the town, where she learns about the legend of the Candyman, a one-armed man who appears when you say his name five times, in front of a mirror. Of course, Helen doesn’t believe all this stuff, but the people of the area are really afraid. When she ignores their warnings and begins her investigation in the places that he is rumored to appear, a series of horrible murders begins. Could the legend be true?
I would recommend this movie –it is chilling, frightening, intriguing, compelling, sad and wonderful all in one. One of the best movies I have ever seen in this genre.