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

See what the critics thought about these iconic '90s scary movies.

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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)

leprechaun 2
Lionsgate

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)

an american werewolf in paris
Buena Vista Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 7 percent

58
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998)

I still know what you did last summer
Columbia Pictures

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)

halloween the curse of michael myers
Paramount Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 9 percent

56
Vampire in Brooklyn (1995)

vampire in brooklyn
Paramount Pictures

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
Paramount Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 15 percent

54
Idle Hands (1999)

still from idle hands
Sony Pictures Releasing

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)

the haunting
DreamWorks Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 15 percent

52
Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)

freddy's dead the final nightmare
New Line Cinema

Rotten Tomatoes score: 19 percent

51
Leprechaun (1993)

still from leprechaun
Lionsgate

Rotten Tomatoes score: 21 percent

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50
Urban Legend (1998)

urban legend
Sony Pictures Releasing

Rotten Tomatoes score: 21 percent

49
Sleepwalkers (1992)

still from sleepwalkers
Columbia Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 25 percent

48
Wishmaster (1997)

still from wishmaster
Lionsgate

Rotten Tomatoes score: 28 percent

47
Event Horizon (1997)

event horizon
Paramount Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 28 percent

46
Child's Play 3 (1991)

child's play 3
Universal Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 29 percent

45
House on Haunted Hill (1999)

house on haunted hill
Warner Bros.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 30 percent

44
Needful Things (1993)

needful things
Columbia Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 31 percent

43
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)

buffy the vampire slayer movie
20th Century Fox

Rotten Tomatoes score: 35 percent

42
Hocus Pocus (1993)

still from hocus pocus
Buena Vista Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 37 percent

41
Psycho (1998)

still from psycho
Universal Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 38 percent

40
Nightbreed (1990)

nightbreed
20th Century Fox

Rotten Tomatoes score: 39 percent

39
I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

I know what you did last summer
Columbia Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 42 percent

38
Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990)

tales from the darkside the movie
Paramount Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 43 percent

37
Alien 3 (1992)

alien 3
20th Century Fox

Rotten Tomatoes score: 43 percent

36
Species (1995)

still from species
MGM

Rotten Tomatoes score: 43 percent

35
Child's Play 2 (1990)

child's play
Universal Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 44 percent

34
Bride of Chucky (1998)

bride of chucky
Universal Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 46 percent

33
Ravenous (1999)

still from ravenous
20th Century Fox

Rotten Tomatoes score: 47 percent

32
Lake Placid (1999)

lake placid
20th Century Fox

Rotten Tomatoes score: 47 percent

31
Flatliners (1990)

flatliners
Columbia Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 48 percent

30
The Faculty (1998)

still from the faculty
Paramount Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 52 percent

29
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)

halloween h20
Paramount Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 52 percent

28
Alien Resurrection (1997)

alien resurrection
20th Century Fox

Rotten Tomatoes score: 54 percent

27
The Craft (1996)

still from the craft
Columbia Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 55 percent

26
The Dark Half (1993)

the dark half
MGM

Rotten Tomatoes score: 58 percent

25
The Exorcist III (1990)

the exorcist iii
20th Century Fox

Rotten Tomatoes score: 59 percent

24
In the Mouth of Madness (1995)

in the mouth of madness
New Line Cinema

Rotten Tomatoes score: 59 percent

23
Deep Blue Sea (1999)

deep blue sea
Warner Bros.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 59 percent

22
Lord of Illusions (1995)

lord of illusions
MGM

Rotten Tomatoes score: 60 percent

21
Cemetery Man (1994)

cemetery man
Anchor Bay

Rotten Tomatoes score: 61 percent

20
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

from dusk till dawn
Photo 12 / Alamy Stock Photo

Rotten Tomatoes score: 62 percent

19
Cube (1998)

still from cube
Lionsgate

Rotten Tomatoes score: 63 percent

18
Interview With the Vampire (1994)

interview with the vampire
Warner Bros.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 63 percent

17
The People Under the Stairs (1991)

the people under the stairs
Universal Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 64 percent

16
The Frighteners (1996)

the frighteners
United Archives GmbH / Alamy Stock Photo

Rotten Tomatoes score: 64 percent

15
Night of the Living Dead (1990)

night of the living dead
Columbia Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 66 percent

14
Sleepy Hollow (1999)

sleepy hollow
Paramount Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 69 percent

13
Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)

bram stoker's dracula
Columbia Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 71 percent

12
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)

gremlins 2
Warner Bros.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 71 percent

11
Jacob's Ladder (1990)

jacob's ladder
Lionsgate

Rotten Tomatoes score: 72 percent

10
Army of Darkness (1993)

army of darkness
Universal Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 73 percent

9
Candyman (1992)

still from candyman
TriStar Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 75 percent

8
Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994)

wes craven's new nightmare
New Line Cinema

Rotten Tomatoes score: 78 percent

7
Scream (1996)

still from scream
Paramount Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 78 percent

6
Scream 2 (1997)

scream 2
Paramount Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 81 percent

5
Audition (1999)

still from audition
Chimera

Rotten Tomatoes score: 82 percent

4
Tremors (1990)

still from tremors
Universal Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 86 percent

3
The Blair Witch Project (1999)

the blair witch project
Lionsgate

Rotten Tomatoes score: 86 percent

2
Misery (1990)

still from misery
Columbia Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 90 percent

1
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

the silence of the lambs
MGM

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96 percent

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