Ranking Every '90s Horror Movie, From Worst Reviewed to Best

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Do you like scary movies? If you do, there's a good chance you recognize that classic '90s film quote. It's from Scream, a movie that reignited the slasher genre and defined horror for a new generation. But Wes Craven's beloved classic is far from the only notable horror film of the '90s. There were a slew of memorable entries in the genre—not to mention some more forgotten cult classics. That's why we're celebrating the start of Halloween month with this ranking of every '90s horror movie, based on their reviews.

From memorable monster movies to slasher sequels to hilarious horror comedies, we put together a list of the 60 most significant horror films of the '90s, then ranked them by their scores on Rotten Tomatoes. Did critics prefer Scream or Scream 2? Which remakes got panned? And what reigns supreme as the greatest scary movie of the decade? Read on to find out all that and more. And if you need more recommendations for movies to watch this October, start with The 50 Best Horror Films of All Time, According to Critics.

60

Leprechaun 2 (1994)

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leprechaun 2

Rotten Tomatoes score: 0 percent

And for more movies that earned this dubious distinction, These Are the Movies on Rotten Tomatoes With 0 Percent Ratings.

59

An American Werewolf in Paris (1997)

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an american werewolf in paris

Rotten Tomatoes score: 7 percent

58

I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998)

I still know what you did last summer
I still know what you did last summer

Rotten Tomatoes score: 7 percent

And for follow-ups worth watching, check out these 20 Movie Sequels Better Than the Original.

57

Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)

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halloween the curse of michael myers

Rotten Tomatoes score: 9 percent

56

Vampire in Brooklyn (1995)

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vampire in brooklyn

Rotten Tomatoes score: 10 percent

And for more classic horror fare, revisit Every Alfred Hitchcock Movie, From Worst Reviewed to Best.

55

Thinner (1996)

still from thinner
still from thinner

Rotten Tomatoes score: 15 percent

54

Idle Hands (1999)

still from idle hands
still from idle hands

Rotten Tomatoes score: 15 percent

And to see how the critics felt about more '90s teen flicks, check out our Ranking of Every '90s Teen Movie, From Worst Reviewed to Best.

53

The Haunting (1999)

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the haunting

Rotten Tomatoes score: 15 percent

52

Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)

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freddy's dead the final nightmare

Rotten Tomatoes score: 19 percent

51

Leprechaun (1993)

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still from leprechaun

Rotten Tomatoes score: 21 percent

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50

Urban Legend (1998)

urban legend
urban legend

Rotten Tomatoes score: 21 percent

49

Sleepwalkers (1992)

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still from sleepwalkers

Rotten Tomatoes score: 25 percent

48

Wishmaster (1997)

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still from wishmaster

Rotten Tomatoes score: 28 percent

47

Event Horizon (1997)

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event horizon

Rotten Tomatoes score: 28 percent

46

Child's Play 3 (1991)

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child's play 3

Rotten Tomatoes score: 29 percent

45

House on Haunted Hill (1999)

house on haunted hill
house on haunted hill

Rotten Tomatoes score: 30 percent

44

Needful Things (1993)

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needful things

Rotten Tomatoes score: 31 percent

43

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)

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buffy the vampire slayer movie

Rotten Tomatoes score: 35 percent

42

Hocus Pocus (1993)

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still from hocus pocus

Rotten Tomatoes score: 37 percent

41

Psycho (1998)

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still from psycho

Rotten Tomatoes score: 38 percent

40

Nightbreed (1990)

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nightbreed

Rotten Tomatoes score: 39 percent

39

I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

I know what you did last summer
I know what you did last summer

Rotten Tomatoes score: 42 percent

38

Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990)

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tales from the darkside the movie

Rotten Tomatoes score: 43 percent

37

Alien 3 (1992)

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alien 3

Rotten Tomatoes score: 43 percent

36

Species (1995)

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still from species

Rotten Tomatoes score: 43 percent

35

Child's Play 2 (1990)

child's play
child's play

Rotten Tomatoes score: 44 percent

34

Bride of Chucky (1998)

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bride of chucky

Rotten Tomatoes score: 46 percent

33

Ravenous (1999)

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still from ravenous

Rotten Tomatoes score: 47 percent

32

Lake Placid (1999)

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lake placid

Rotten Tomatoes score: 47 percent

31

Flatliners (1990)

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flatliners

Rotten Tomatoes score: 48 percent

30

The Faculty (1998)

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still from the faculty

Rotten Tomatoes score: 52 percent

29

Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)

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halloween h20

Rotten Tomatoes score: 52 percent

28

Alien Resurrection (1997)

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alien resurrection

Rotten Tomatoes score: 54 percent

27

The Craft (1996)

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still from the craft

Rotten Tomatoes score: 55 percent

26

The Dark Half (1993)

the dark half
the dark half

Rotten Tomatoes score: 58 percent

25

The Exorcist III (1990)

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the exorcist iii

Rotten Tomatoes score: 59 percent

24

In the Mouth of Madness (1995)

in the mouth of madness
in the mouth of madness

Rotten Tomatoes score: 59 percent

23

Deep Blue Sea (1999)

deep blue sea
deep blue sea

Rotten Tomatoes score: 59 percent

22

Lord of Illusions (1995)

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lord of illusions

Rotten Tomatoes score: 60 percent

21

Cemetery Man (1994)

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cemetery man

Rotten Tomatoes score: 61 percent

20

From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

from dusk till dawn
from dusk till dawn

Rotten Tomatoes score: 62 percent

19

Cube (1998)

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still from cube

Rotten Tomatoes score: 63 percent

18

Interview With the Vampire (1994)

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interview with the vampire

Rotten Tomatoes score: 63 percent

17

The People Under the Stairs (1991)

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the people under the stairs

Rotten Tomatoes score: 64 percent

16

The Frighteners (1996)

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the frighteners

Rotten Tomatoes score: 64 percent

15

Night of the Living Dead (1990)

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night of the living dead

Rotten Tomatoes score: 66 percent

14

Sleepy Hollow (1999)

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sleepy hollow

Rotten Tomatoes score: 69 percent

13

Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)

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bram stoker's dracula

Rotten Tomatoes score: 71 percent

12

Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)

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gremlins 2

Rotten Tomatoes score: 71 percent

11

Jacob's Ladder (1990)

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jacob's ladder

Rotten Tomatoes score: 72 percent

10

Army of Darkness (1993)

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army of darkness

Rotten Tomatoes score: 73 percent

9

Candyman (1992)

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still from candyman

Rotten Tomatoes score: 75 percent

8

Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994)

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wes craven's new nightmare

Rotten Tomatoes score: 78 percent

7

Scream (1996)

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still from scream

Rotten Tomatoes score: 78 percent

6

Scream 2 (1997)

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scream 2

Rotten Tomatoes score: 81 percent

5

Audition (1999)

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still from audition

Rotten Tomatoes score: 82 percent

4

Tremors (1990)

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still from tremors

Rotten Tomatoes score: 86 percent

3

The Blair Witch Project (1999)

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the blair witch project

Rotten Tomatoes score: 86 percent

2

Misery (1990)

still from misery
still from misery

Rotten Tomatoes score: 90 percent

1

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

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the silence of the lambs

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96 percent