The 10 Best Horror Movies of the 90s

8. Interview with the Vampire (1994)

Tom Cruise Vampire Movie

Living proof that being dead is cool, Neil Jordan brought Anne Rice’s iconic Lestat to the screen wearing the skin of Tom Cruise.

While a decidedly questionable casting choice, it just worked, helped along by Brad Pitt’s portrayal of Louis.

Lestat finds a devastated and suicidal Louis and turns him into a vampire so he can have a companion, but the way Lestat lives his undead life does not meet with the morally tuned Louis.

An adorable Kristen Dunst makes one of her movie debuts as Claudia, who is more sinister than sweet, despite first appearances.

A tragic tale of love, loss and revenge, Interview with the Vampire’s plot may be slow at times – but it is redeemed by a cast that screams early ‘90s.




7. Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Johnny Depp Sleepy Hollow

This gothic supernatural love story splice by auteur Tim Burton keeps close to the classic Washington Irving tale, and marks a time pre-Pirates of the Caribbean when Johnny Depp was typecast as ‘slightly’ normal. Trying to separate the fact from the fiction, Ichabod Crane (Depp) is sent to the sleepiest of hollows to investigate three murders by a suspected Headless Horseman.

Instead he finds the beautiful Katrina Van Tassel (Christina Ricci), the daughter of a wealthy land owner, and the main suspect in Crane’s investigation.

A playful horror with just enough ooze and mist to make you feel a bit creepy, but not enough to have you hiding behind the pillow. Comedy performances and a mushy gushy love sub-plot peg this as a family-friendly ghost story, made to be enjoyed by all ages.

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6. The Blair Witch Project (1999)

Blair Witch Horror Movie

The Blair Witch Project was released and the found footage horror sub-genre was born, thanks to director duo Eduardo Sanchez and Daniel Myrick. Filmed like a documentary and framed like a horror, this movie shook audiences in a way that is unlikely to happen again.

Hoodwinked by the positioning of ‘true events’ and interviews with the townsfolk about the terrifying Blair Witch, this movie successfully fooled cinemagoers.

The Blair Witch Project made tracks so deep they have become a well-trodden path in the horror world, paving the way for movies such as Cloverfield and Paranormal Activity.

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Elizabeth Howlett

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