There's nothing quite like the dedicated cult-following of horror movies. Coming off of the iconic run of successful 80’s slashers, the 90's were regarded by many as lack-luster. While the 90’s weren’t nearly as fresh or successful as the previous two decades in producing great scares, they did re-launch the popularity of the sub-genre of mystery whodunits. Leaving out a majority sequels, remakes, and Japanese influence, this category gets judged way more on personal taste and going against the norm. Gamesradar.com gave their take on 90's horror, as did many other websites. The criteria for ranking is based on overall popularity, influence on pop culture, history of the series’, and general flow/tone of the film.
Honorable Mentions: Silence of the Lambs, From Dusk Till Dawn, Candyman, Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, The Craft.
Though never being as popular as more recognized franchises, this was ‘Saw’ before ‘Saw’ was cool. The story was original at the time, the kills were inventive, and the realism of the dark side of the characters was great. It reflects usefulness, class differences, creativity, and was a breeze to watch. It's a morality play, as different people who don't know each other wake up trapped together in a room. As they go from room to room, different pratfalls and creations try to prevent them from escaping. Screenrant.com reports that a remake is in the works.
9. Stephen King’s It
The prototype for the 90’s movie lays right here. Just as Childs Play did for the late 80’s, this one brings a real-life, childhood common fear into reality in a terrifying way. The idea of a killer clown being presented in a serious way, who can also change form to whatever it wants, is priceless. It plays on growing up and trying to escape the things that follow you in youth. Pennywise was the face of fear in that generation, and also added moments of chilled comedy to break the tension. Stephen King is the master of taking crazy extraordinary fears and blowing them up into the realm of possibility.
8. Urban Legend
Everyone sits around at campfires or sleepovers with friends and tries to scare the life out of them with popular ghost stories. It’s a childhood norm, and practically a rite of passage. But what if those stories were real, and were happening around you? This movie mixes the 80’s tales with the 90’s whodunits and creates a fun ride for a modern slasher. The characters are relate-able and self aware, and the dialogue flows from scene to scene, as you wait to see who gets mutilated next.
7. Psycho 4
A few spots on this list include seldom-touted sequels to popular slasher series’. Psycho was an all-time favorite slasher anthology, and Hitchcock is the apex in horror direction. This movie steps back from all the killing and tells a very realistic story of the man behind Norman Bates. It goes back into his psyche and gives a motive for the past, while maturing the story and tying everything together to finish the series. Everything is scarier when the man behind the blood is like any other man, and the fight for one’s sanity and morals is a very common struggle at times.
6. Halloween H2O
Again here with the homage to classic sequels. H2O was the first Halloween in a decade to go back to it’s original storyline, putting a bow on the iconic beginning between Michael Myers and Laurie Strode. Michael was written very well in this one (as opposed to the next sequel) and the story wasn’t near as contrived or complicated as its two prior ventures. The kills were brutal and the story got back to it's original successes. Myers had new life breathed into him here, taking place 20 years after the first incidents in Haddonfield.