Well it’s finally here my friends the long awaited (I hope) Top 10 Horror Movies of the 90’s as voted by YOU, the reads of this blog! I’ll admit I was pretty shocked by what didn’t make the list just as much as I am shocked at some of the stuff that did make the list! Will you agree or disagree? Check it out and see!..
10: Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993)
Jason Goes to Hell! Wtf. People actually voted for this piece to make the top ten? Im a life long Friday the 13th fan, and this is my favorite franchise but even I have my limits. Come on lets get real. This not really a horror movie but an amped up sci fi creature flick with Jason’s name slapped on top of it. But on the other hand this is the 90’s we are talking about. The decade was a low point of the horror genre since at least the 60’s. The only redeeming thing I can say about it is the ending was a precursor to the much better and actually fun Freddy vs Jason. Since my name is also Jason the title actually fit the bill once I got done watching this steaming pile. I actually did feel like I went to hell and back.
(Jason Lloyd – Horrorphilia)
09: The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Straddling the fence between horror and thriller, Jonathan Demme’s masterpiece ran roughshod at the Academy Awards, quite a rarity for a genre picture. But it isn’t hard to see why, given the iconically chilling performance of Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter, as well as the impeccably creepy Ted Levine, who nearly steals the show as Buffalo Bill. The quality of later sequels would be erratic at best, but the original is undoubtedly not only a modern horror classic, but a modern movie classic, period.
(B-Sol – The Vault of Horror)
08: Cemetery Man/Dellamorte Dellamore (1994)
A movie that is just as much weird and it is scary, just as depressing as it is fun, Cemetery Man aka Dellamorte Dellamore is what you might call the Donnie Darko of the horror movie world and as a result has gained a similar following over the years just the same as Darko, or any other cult classic for that matter. Not really sticking to all the Zombie rules, and including a very hot naked Zombie (you know who I’m talking about) Cemetery Man is a Zombie film that can appeal to every horror fan.
07: The Blair Witch Project (1999)
With a near-perfect marketing campaign, terrific word-of-mouth, and five of the most frightening final minutes in film, The Blair Witch Project could most certainly not be left off a list of the best 90’s horror films. It seems you either love it or you hate it. But what makes it so unique is the bare bones feel to it – the reality of it all. You feel like you are there, with those three (mostly annoying) amateur filmmakers…lost in the woods. The legend of the witch, explained vaguely in the beginning of the movie, seemed so real the town of Burkittsville, MD. had people converging on it by the boatload to explore the myth. (News flash, in case you didn’t know – the entire story is fabricated.) Hand held camera effects and portions filmed in black and white lent a total sense of claustrophobic fear – as well as nausea in many cases – of what was to come. Things continue to spook the wayward group the more lost they become, and escalate to almost unbearable proportions by the time Josh is missing. The gripping final search of the abandoned house that leads both Mike and Heather to their imminent doom is a powerful, chilling climax that gets under your skin and isn’t easily shelved in your memory. The main catch to the Blair Witch having an effect on viewers is this: it feels waaay too real. This could happen to you.
(Chris Hadden – Fascination With Fear)
06: Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)
Halloween H20 is about the serial killer Michael Myers tracking down his sister and her son to kill them. What’s cool about this movie is it doesn’t try to be a Scream sequel or a Friday the 13th knock-off. There isn’t a hip new Michael who quizzes his victims about movies before killing them and there isn’t any skinny-dipping or summer camps. Instead we have the old-fashioned Michael Myers doing what he does best. It also has the return of Jamie Lee Curtis to the series and depicts her very realistically, as a woman prone to hallucinations, who’s overly medicated and drinks a lot. However she also still kicks serious butt, so it shows that a Final Girl may be messed up from surviving a psycho killer, but she also is strong and ready to take on the bad guy once again.
So for sticking to the feel of the series and for having one seriously amazing woman taking on The Boogeyman, I’d say Halloween: H20 is easily one of the best films of the 90’s.
(Patrick Campbell – Stabbing Stabbing Stabbing)
05: Army of Darkness (1992)
After audiences showed their love for the slapstick aspects of Evil Dead II, Raimi went balls to the wall with Army of Darkness. This is the film that gave us the smooth talking, sarcastic smart ass Ashley J. Williams that we all know and love. It may not be the scariest thing in the entire world, but it’s a hell of a ride!
(BJ-C – Day of the Woman)
04: From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
Though it takes a while for us to recognize that it’s a horror film, Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’ collaboration on From Dusk Till Dawn is a thing of beauty. Going from road picture to siege picture as Salma Hayak arouses a snake (or two), it’s rich with interesting characters, entertaining bit performances from the likes of Fred Williamson and Tom Savini, and a lot of blood and guts. If you can get past Juliette Lewis, it’s a great time.
(The Mike – From Midnight, With Love)
03: Candyman (1992)
Tony Todd is usually most memorable as the deep voiced, massive coated, bloody hook handed Candyman. The movie has always been one that has tantalized my horror seeking heart and combines two things I greatly love- urban legends AND bees. Just kidding I actually hate bees, which is why I can barely watch that scene where Tony Todd opens his mouth and bees come swarming out(which are real bees by the way).The movie is clearly one of the greatest markers of 90s horror and is a true testament to the genre with minimal boobs and maximum horror. Plus there are moments of such fantastic visual imagery where you find yourself losing breath over things that are both beautiful and terrifying at the same time. The urban legend of the Candyman paired with the idea that once an urban legend has been disproved the real thing can come and get you is terrifying. Perhaps even more terrifying is where the actual basis of the urban legend comes from. For more information on the matter watch CANDYMAN. Or he’ll get you.
(Andre Dumas – The Horror Digest)
02: Scream (1996)
Director Wes Craven was always shaking up the horror genre, so it came as no surprise to me that he would make a film like Scream. It was the classic killer-stalking-teenagers formula, but Craven turned it on its ear. Sure, it had the jump-in-your-seat moments and backstory full of twists and red herrings. But in addition to those traits, Craven and writer Kevin Williamson – who was the boy wonder of 90’s scripts – made the kids smart to the genre. It was a horror film about horror fans, in a way. In many cases, it nearly broke the fourth wall with Jamie Kennedy’s character Randy practically telling everyone else they were players in a movie. Neve Campbell’s Sydney was a flawed heroine that fought against her fears and became pretty bad-ass. The villains were smart and calculating with a touch of insanity, and it all plays off the notion that kids were growing up with movies as a guiding force. For better or worse, it set the tone for “savvy teenagers/college students versus the killer baddie” well into the present.
(Dod March – WGON Helicopter)
01: Dead-Alive/Braindead (1992)
My first experience with Peter Jackson’s Dead-Alive was back in ’94, just after the film had come out on VHS if I remember correctly. Being extremely excited to find Dead-Alive at the local video store, I convinced my two buddies that we had to check it out, telling them that it was the “goriest movie ever made” based off what I had read about the film. Seeing as I was the “horror guy,” they both bought into my plea and were very excited to see something that promised to be the sickest and grossest film ever witnessed by their anticipating eyes. I remember it so well, a small living room, on a tiny TV, we waited for the unrelenting gore fest to begin! We waited, and we waited, and we waited, and it never happened. Even at the 45 minute mark, we still had hopes for a Grande Finale of grue, but we were not granted one. I looked like a chump that couldn’t back up his knowledge, well, I felt that way at least. The VHS cover even claimed that it was the goriest film of all time, but that was not the case and I was ultimately super disappointed by Dead-Alive – a movie that I was so excited about for so long.
Of course, I later discovered that I was duped into renting a version that was rated, as opposed to one that was unrated and alas, there was a second chance for Dead-Alive to drive me wild. I think that first viewing may have made my second viewing all the more better – I saw a film that had almost no gore, so anything would have been an upgrade. What I got with the unrated cut of Dead-Alive, was THE-goriest movie ever made, as stated on the VHS cover. That first watch lowered my expectations so much, that when I saw the real deal, I was blown away ten times more than if the first viewing had gone as planned. I hold Dead-Alive near and dear to my heart as a movie that makes me laugh, even without any scenes containing gore in them, but that finale, oh, that finale IS so Grande, that no other film has yet to top it in sheer volume and execution. Some people slag on it, but I will always love Dead-Alive for being a fun movie that did it bigger, better, and messier than anyone else.
( Matt Suzaka – Chuck Norris Ate My Baby)