HORROR FILMS FROM THE 1990s (1990-1999)

by bigrudedude87 | created - 05 Aug 2013 | updated - 03 Sep 2013 | Public

Sort of a half decent decade for the horror genre but the 70s and 80s were the best. At the same time the 90s were still good and it was during my youth.



Subgenres of the horror genre with each films

Slasher Films Serial Killer Thriller Films Splatter & Gore films Zombie Films Giallos Supernatural Science Fiction with Horror Elements Vampire Films Werewolf Films Demon Films Cannibal Films Horror genre mixed with Thriller & Crime genres Killer Doll Films Killer Kid Films Ghost Films Killer Sea Creature Films Monster Films Creature Features Ghoul Films Killer Animal Films Mummy Films Comedy Horror

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1. Misery (1990)

R | 107 min | Drama, Thriller

75 Metascore

After a famous author is rescued from a car crash by a fan of his novels, he comes to realize that the care he is receiving is only the beginning of a nightmare of captivity and abuse.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: James Caan, Kathy Bates, Richard Farnsworth, Frances Sternhagen

Votes: 176,078 | Gross: $61.28M

2. Jacob's Ladder (I) (1990)

R | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

62 Metascore

Mourning his dead child, a haunted Vietnam War veteran attempts to uncover his past while suffering from a severe case of dissociation. To do so, he must decipher reality and life from his own dreams, delusions, and perceptions of death.

Director: Adrian Lyne | Stars: Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Peña, Danny Aiello, Matt Craven

Votes: 95,506 | Gross: $26.12M

3. Nightbreed (1990)

R | 102 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

40 Metascore

A troubled young man is drawn to a mythical place called Midian where a variety of friendly monsters are hiding from humanity. Meanwhile, a sadistic serial killer is looking for a patsy.

Director: Clive Barker | Stars: Craig Sheffer, David Cronenberg, Anne Bobby, Charles Haid

Votes: 18,798 | Gross: $8.86M

4. Child's Play 2 (1990)

R | 84 min | Horror, Thriller

37 Metascore

While Andy's mother is admitted to a psychiatric hospital, the young boy is placed in foster care, and Chucky, determined to claim Andy's soul, is not far behind.

Director: John Lafia | Stars: Alex Vincent, Jenny Agutter, Gerrit Graham, Christine Elise

Votes: 43,186 | Gross: $28.50M

5. The Guardian (1990)

R | 92 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

35 Metascore

A young couple with a newborn baby don't realize that the nanny they hired is a magical nymph who sacrifices infants to an evil tree.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Jenny Seagrove, Dwier Brown, Carey Lowell, Brad Hall

Votes: 4,854 | Gross: $17.04M

6. Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

The Gremlins are back, and this time, they've taken control of a New York City media mogul's high-tech skyscraper.

Directors: Joe Dante, Chuck Jones | Stars: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, John Glover, Robert Prosky

Votes: 89,490 | Gross: $41.48M

7. Night of the Living Dead (1990)

R | 92 min | Horror

54 Metascore

The unburied dead return to life and seek human victims.

Director: Tom Savini | Stars: Tony Todd, Patricia Tallman, Tom Towles, McKee Anderson

Votes: 37,600 | Gross: $5.84M

8. Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III (1990)

R | 85 min | Horror, Thriller

30 Metascore

A California couple and a survivalist encounter Leatherface and his family.

Director: Jeff Burr | Stars: Kate Hodge, Ken Foree, R.A. Mihailoff, William Butler

Votes: 13,471 | Gross: $5.77M

9. Predator 2 (1990)

R | 108 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

46 Metascore

The Predator returns to Earth, this time to stake a claim on the war-torn streets of a dystopian Los Angeles.

Director: Stephen Hopkins | Stars: Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Kevin Peter Hall, Rubén Blades

Votes: 141,714 | Gross: $30.67M

10. It (1990)

TV-PG | 192 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

In 1960, seven pre-teen outcasts fight an evil demon who poses as a child-killing clown. Thirty years later, they reunite to stop the demon once and for all when it returns to their hometown.

Stars: Richard Thomas, Tim Reid, Annette O'Toole, Harry Anderson

Votes: 111,291

11. Two Evil Eyes (1990)

R | 120 min | Horror

61 Metascore

Two horror tales based on short stories by Edgar Allan Poe directed by two famous horror directors, George A. Romero and Dario Argento. A greedy wife kills her husband, but not completely. A sleazy reporter adopts a strange black cat.

Directors: Dario Argento, George A. Romero | Stars: Adrienne Barbeau, Harvey Keitel, Ramy Zada, Bingo O'Malley

Votes: 5,920 | Gross: $0.35M

12. Graveyard Shift (1990)

R | 89 min | Horror

28 Metascore

In a very old textile mill with a serious rat infestation, the workers discover a horrifying secret deep in the basement.

Director: Ralph S. Singleton | Stars: David Andrews, Kelly Wolf, Stephen Macht, Andrew Divoff

Votes: 9,418 | Gross: $11.58M

13. Def by Temptation (1990)

R | 95 min | Horror

An evil succubus is preying on libidinous black men in New York City, and all that stands in her way is a minister-in-training, an aspiring actor, and a cop who specializes in cases involving the supernatural.

Director: James Bond III | Stars: James Bond III, Kadeem Hardison, Bill Nunn, Samuel L. Jackson

Votes: 1,209 | Gross: $2.22M

14. Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990 TV Movie)

R | 96 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Norman Bates recalls his childhood with his abusive mother while fearing his unborn child will inherit his split personality disorder.

Director: Mick Garris | Stars: Anthony Perkins, CCH Pounder, Henry Thomas, Olivia Hussey

Votes: 7,109

15. Tales from the Darkside (1990)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

54 Metascore

A young boy tells three stories of horror to distract a witch who plans to eat him.

Director: John Harrison | Stars: Debbie Harry, Matthew Lawrence, Christian Slater, David Forrester

Votes: 14,571 | Gross: $16.32M

16. Troll 2 (1990)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

A family vacationing in a small town discovers the entire town is inhabited by goblins in disguise as humans, who plan to eat them.

Director: Claudio Fragasso | Stars: Michael Paul Stephenson, George Hardy, Margo Prey, Connie Young

Votes: 30,023

17. Maniac Cop 2 (1990)

R | 90 min | Crime, Horror, Action

A supernatural, maniac killer cop teams up with a Times Square serial killer.

Director: William Lustig | Stars: Robert Davi, Claudia Christian, Michael Lerner, Bruce Campbell

Votes: 5,725

18. Brain Dead (1990)

R | 85 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

In a showdown of man versus machine, Martin plunges into a chaotic nightmare trying to save his mind from the megalomaniacal corporation.

Director: Adam Simon | Stars: Bill Pullman, Bill Paxton, Bud Cort, Nicholas Pryor

Votes: 3,620 | Gross: $1.63M

19. Frankenhooker (1990)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

A medical student sets out to recreate his decapitated fiancée by building her a new body made of Manhattan street prostitutes.

Director: Frank Henenlotter | Stars: James Lorinz, Joanne Ritchie, Patty Mullen, J.J. Clark

Votes: 8,446 | Gross: $0.21M

20. The Exorcist III (1990)

R | 110 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

48 Metascore

A police Lieutenant uncovers more than he bargained for as his investigation of a series of murders, which have all the hallmarks of the deceased Gemini serial killer, leads him to question the patients of a psychiatric ward.

Director: William Peter Blatty | Stars: George C. Scott, Ed Flanders, Brad Dourif, Jason Miller

Votes: 24,142 | Gross: $26.10M

21. Tremors (1990)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Horror

65 Metascore

Natives of a small isolated town defend themselves against strange underground creatures which are killing them one by one.

Director: Ron Underwood | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward, Finn Carter, Michael Gross

Votes: 115,266 | Gross: $16.67M

22. Darkman (1990)

R | 96 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

65 Metascore

A brilliant scientist left for dead returns to exact revenge on the people who burned him alive.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Liam Neeson, Frances McDormand, Colin Friels, Larry Drake

Votes: 56,497 | Gross: $33.88M

23. Arachnophobia (1990)

PG-13 | 109 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

67 Metascore

A species of South American killer spider hitches a lift to the U.S. in a coffin and starts to breed and kill.

Director: Frank Marshall | Stars: Jeff Daniels, Julian Sands, John Goodman, Harley Jane Kozak

Votes: 61,183 | Gross: $53.21M

24. Hardware (1990)

R | 94 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

The head of a cyborg reactivates, rebuilds itself, and goes on a violent rampage in a space marine's girlfriend's apartment.

Director: Richard Stanley | Stars: Dylan McDermott, Stacey Travis, John Lynch, Carl McCoy

Votes: 12,513 | Gross: $5.73M

25. A Cat in the Brain (1990)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Horror

A horror film director is stalked by a mad psychiatrist/serial killer bent on killing people to model the killings after the director's gory death scenes from his movies.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Lucio Fulci, Brett Halsey, Ria De Simone, David L. Thompson

Votes: 2,878

26. Beyond Darkness (1990)

R | 95 min | Horror

A minister and his wife move into a haunted house.

Director: Claudio Fragasso | Stars: Gene LeBrock, David Brandon, Barbara Bingham, Michael Paul Stephenson

Votes: 525

27. Gate 2: The Trespassers (1990)

R | 90 min | Fantasy, Horror, Comedy

Four teens summon forth a diminuitive, demonic minion from The Other Side to do their bidding and grant their wishes, but of course, they must all ultimately pay the price...

Director: Tibor Takács | Stars: Louis Tripp, Simon Reynolds, James Villemaire, Pamela Adlon

Votes: 1,843 | Gross: $2.03M

28. Basket Case 2 (1990)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Horror

Duane and his basket-bound mutant brother are taken in by a secret home for wayward freaks with journalists hot on their tail.

Director: Frank Henenlotter | Stars: Kevin Van Hentenryck, Judy Grafe, Annie Ross, Heather Rattray

Votes: 4,205

29. The First Power (1990)

R | 98 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

35 Metascore

A dedicated L.A. police detective and a female psychic must stop a demonic serial killer who was given the powers of resurrection, teleportation and possession.

Director: Robert Resnikoff | Stars: Lou Diamond Phillips, Tracy Griffith, Jeff Kober, Mykelti Williamson

Votes: 3,477 | Gross: $22.42M

30. Roger Corman's Frankenstein Unbound (1990)

R | 85 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

The ultimate weapon, which was meant to be safe for humankind, produces global side-effects, including time slides and disappearances. The scientist behind the project and his car are ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: John Hurt, Raul Julia, Nick Brimble, Bridget Fonda

Votes: 3,449 | Gross: $0.33M

31. Flatliners (1990)

R | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

55 Metascore

Five medical students experiment with "near death" experiences, until the dark consequences of past tragedies begin to jeopardize their lives.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Bacon, Julia Roberts, William Baldwin

Votes: 77,749 | Gross: $61.49M

32. Spontaneous Combustion (1990)

R | 97 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A young man finds out that his parents had been used in an atomic-weapons experiment shortly before he was born, and that the results have had some unexpected effects on him.

Director: Tobe Hooper | Stars: Brad Dourif, Cynthia Bain, Jon Cypher, William Prince

Votes: 2,210

33. Initiation: Silent Night, Deadly Night 4 (1990 Video)

R | 90 min | Horror

A reporter investigating the bizarre death of a woman who leaped from a building in flames finds herself mixed up in a cult of witches who are making her part of their sacrificial ceremony during the Christmas season.

Director: Brian Yuzna | Stars: Clint Howard, Neith Hunter, Tommy Hinkley, Hugh Fink

Votes: 1,535

34. Slumber Party Massacre III (1990)

R | 87 min | Comedy, Horror

Jackie Cassidy and her friends are stalked by a serial killer while having a slumber party.

Director: Sally Mattison | Stars: Keely Christian, Brittain Frye, Michael Harris, David Greenlee

Votes: 2,311 | Gross: $1.24M

35. The Sleeping Car (1990)

R | 96 min | Horror, Comedy

Jason (David Naughton) moves into an abandoned train car where he resurrects the vicious ghost of his landlady's dead husband - The Mister. After some near-fatal encounters with the violent... See full summary »

Director: Douglas Curtis | Stars: David Naughton, Judie Aronson, Kevin McCarthy, Jeff Conaway

Votes: 499

36. Baby Blood (1990)

R | 88 min | Horror

When a strange creature crawls into a woman's uterus she becomes a killer in order to feed the tiny terror growing within her.

Director: Alain Robak | Stars: Emmanuelle Escourrou, Christian Sinniger, Jean-François Gallotte, Roselyne Geslot

Votes: 1,443

37. Watchers II (1990)

R | 101 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A genetically re-engineered dog develops a psychic link with a monster created in a lab experiment which goes awry.

Director: Thierry Notz | Stars: Marc Singer, Tracy Scoggins, Jonathan Farwell, Irene Miracle

Votes: 899

38. Prom Night III: The Last Kiss (1990 Video)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

The malevolent spirit of Mary Lou Maloney returns to Hamilton High, where she manipulates a naive male student into helping her wreak havoc on the school.

Directors: Ron Oliver, Peter R. Simpson | Stars: Tim Conlon, Cynthia Preston, David Stratton, Courtney Taylor

Votes: 1,857

39. Sorority House Massacre II (1990)

Unrated | 77 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

Five college women buy the old Hokstedter place for their new sorority house. They got it cheap because of the bloody incidents from five years before. They decide to stay in it for the ... See full summary »

Director: Jim Wynorski | Stars: Gail Thackray, Melissa Moore, Stacia Zhivago, Barbii

Votes: 1,833

40. Repossessed (1990)

PG-13 | 80 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

Parody of The Exorcist (1973), with Linda Blair once again possessed by Satan, and Leslie Nielsen as the exorcist.

Director: Bob Logan | Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Linda Blair, Ned Beatty, Anthony Starke

Votes: 7,897 | Gross: $1.38M

41. Syngenor (1990)

R | 98 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A scientist engineers a group of genetically engineered creatures for use as "supersoldiers" to fight U.S. wars in the Middle East. However, things get ugly when the creatures malfunction and turn on their creators.

Director: George Elanjian Jr. | Stars: Starr Andreeff, Mitchell Laurance, David Gale, Charles Lucia

Votes: 596

42. Witchcraft II: The Temptress (1989)

R | 88 min | Horror

Witch from the first Witchcraft movie stalks the now teenage child. She attempts to kill his friends in order to slowly corrupt him to Satan. However the boy is able to defeat the evil ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Woods | Stars: Charles Solomon Jr., Delia Sheppard, David Homb, Mia M. Ruiz

Votes: 419

43. Pledge Night (1990)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Horror

4.8