5. Scream (1996)
Ah come on, did you really think this film wouldn’t be in here? If you don’t know the plot to this teen slasher resurgence from Wes Craven, then we really need to pop your culture cherry.
High school student Sydney Prescott (Neve Campbell) finds herself the target of a masked killer, who slashes his way through the teen population of Woodsboro like a hot knife through butter. This self-aware slasher makes jabs at its genre with dark comedy and references galore, providing a refreshing resurgence for every horror fan to enjoy.
Anyway, I’m just going to get a beer… “I’ll be right back!”
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4. The Sixth Sense (1999)
M. Night Shyamalan’s supernatural horror scared the socks off audiences worldwide and saw the decade out with a bang.
Starring Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment, The Sixth Sense told the story of Cole (Osment) who could (famously) “see dead people” and his psychologist Dr. Crowe (Willis) who is sceptical about his ability.
A phenomenal story and outstanding acting compliment one of the biggest plot twists in movie history. There are two types of people in this world; ones who saw the ending spoiler free, and ones who didn’t.
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3. Misery (1990)
Rob Reiner brought Stephen King’s terrifying book to life with this unparalleled adaptation.
Writer Paul Sheldon (James Caan) is in a near-fatal car accident in Colorado after completing his new book. He is saved by his “number one fan” and former nurse Annie Wilkes (Cathy Bates) who single-handedly drags him back to her remote farm. As Paul begins to regain his strength, he realises that Annie is not as wholesome as she appears and that he is in fact being held captive by a crazed super-fan.
You’ll never look at a sledgehammer in the same way again after watching this nail biting horror, thanks to convincing performances from Caan and Bates. Wince-worthy scenes that will have you hiding behind your hands firmly place this film in one of the best “cock-a-doody” horrors of the decade.