24 of the Scariest Movies From the '90s That Still Give Us Chills

Becky Bracken | Oct 4, 2018 Movies
24 of the Scariest Movies From the '90s That Still Give Us Chills

Wes Craven's New Nightmare
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Crisp air and pumpkin spice are nice, but for many, the first signs of fall mean it's time to get spooky. Gone are the lazy days of summer, replaced by a season of tricks, treats, and curling up on the couch with a scary movie.

Now comes the hard part: Picking the right film.

It's no secret everything in the '90s were pretty much awesome. Beanie babies, slap bracelets, and pagers might be some of the most recognizable '90s items, but it was the decade of scary movies that made it one of the best times to be a fan -- maybe peeing our pants at times in the movie theater.

The blossoming indie movie market helped bring horror movies into the mainstream that broke from traditional teen slasher formulas, like Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street. Nineties horror movies were campy, psychological thrillers that pushed the boundaries of what scary movies could be -- on screen, at the box office, and on stage at award shows.

Though the years have since brought no shortage of delicious scary movies to sink our fangs into, it's still the decade defined by directors like M. Night Shyamalan, Wes Craven, and John Carpenter. (The movies they made still make our arm hairs stand up in terror!) Not only were these movies good, they were profitable, encouraging studios to produce even more horror movies to satisfy ravenous audiences and give directors the leeway to make the films they wanted -- pushing boundaries along the way.

Here are 24 movies from the '90s that still give us chills all these years later.


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