From 'I Know What You Did Last Summer' to 'The Ring': 13 Iconic 90s Horror Movies

The 1990s may have brought Tamagotchis, fanny packs and Friends - but the decade also served up some of the best horror movies. From sequels of major franchises, to new indie scare-fests, there are plenty of nostalgic frights to enjoy this Halloween.

Horror fans will remember the mythology around the release of The Blair Witch Project in 1999, and the way the Scream franchise took over the slasher movie sphere.

Japan also gave us some major horror hits, from Ringu to Takashi Miike's Audition.

Newsweek has selected 13 of the best '90s horror movies, as well as where you can stream them this Halloween.

I Know What You Did Last Summer

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"I Know What You Did Last Summer" Sony

The 1997 movie feels peak '90s thanks to its cast made up of icons of the decade: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe and Freddie Prinze Jr. The movie began a new slasher franchise, which started when a killer stalked a group of friends who tried to cover up a crime they committed the year before.

I Know What You Did Last Summer is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.

Sleepy Hollow

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"Sleepy Hollow" Paramount Pictures

It would be remiss to exclude Tim Burton from a Halloween movie breakdown, and 1999's Sleepy Hollow just fits into the decade. It sees a fresh-faced Johnny Depp attempting to solve the mystery of the Headless Horseman after a spate of murders plague a 19th-century village.

Sleepy Hollow is available to stream on Starz.

Bride of Chucky

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Chucky in "The Curse of Chucky" Chris Helcermanas-Benge/Universal Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection

The demon doll Chucky was first introduced in the 1988 movie Child's Play, and spawned a whole host of Chucky-based horror movies. One of the best of the 1990s is Bride of Chucky, which falls more into the comedy-horror genre as it sees the serial killer and his lover/accomplice wreak havoc.

Bride of Chucky is available to stream on Fubo TV.

The Silence of the Lambs

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"The Silence of the Lambs" Orion Pictures

A more high-brow offering, The Silence of the Lambs (1991) won five Oscars, in all the top categories including Best Film. It follows FBI agent Clarice Starling as she seeks advice on how to hunt one serial killer by interviewing another - the cannibalistic Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins.)

The Silence of the Lambs is available to stream on Pluto TV.

Urban Legend

Not dissimilar from 1995 movie Seven, where a killer bases his murders on the seven deadly sins, 1998 slasher film Urban Legend sees a murderer drawing inspiration from folklore. The film stars Jared Leto and Tara Reid.

Urban Legend is available to stream on Tubi or Pluto TV.

The Blair Witch Project

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"The Blair Witch Project" Artisan

There was mythology around The Blair Witch Project unlike any other of its time, with many believing the movie was a real-life documentary. The film tells the story of three filmmakers whose camera footage is found a year later after they mysteriously disappeared in the woods.

The Blair Witch Project is available to stream on Fubo TV.

Candyman

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"Candyman" TriStar Pictures

A sequel to Candyman came out in 2021, but the original film was released in 1992 and told the story of a graduate student (Virginia Madsen) who, while researching murders in the Cabrini-Green housing project, invokes the legend of the Candyman (Tony Todd.)

Candyman is available to rent on Apple TV.

Ringu

This story was retold in an American remake in 2002, but the 1998 Japanese horror was the first to be released, and put J-horror on the international stage. The film follows a reporter looking into a cursed video tape, which somehow kills its viewer seven days after they watch it.

Ringu is available to stream on AMC+.

The Frighteners

Another in the comedy-horror genre, Michael J. Fox stars in the 1996 film as a man who, after his wife's murder, is able to see ghosts and, more importantly, see when someone living is about to be killed by the monstrous serial killer Johnny Bartlett (Jake Busey.) With the help of his ghostly friends, he tries to stop another innocent victim from being murdered.

The Frighteners is available to rent on Apple TV.

Interview With The Vampire

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"Interview with the Vampire" Geffen Pictures

For those who love a period horror movie, the 1994 film starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt is ideal. Based on the 1976 Anne Rice novel, the film tells the story of two vampires' lives together over hundreds of years, as told by one of them in a modern-day interview.

Interview With The Vampire is available to rent on Apple TV.

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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"Mary Shelley's Frankenstein" TriStar Pictures

If watching Robert DeNiro as Frankenstein doesn't mean Halloween is upon us, then nothing will. The 1994 movie from Kenneth Branagh tells the story of the famed Mary Shelley novel, and features some epic moments from Helena Bonham Carter's fiery death to the epic Arctic battle between man and his creature.

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is available to stream on Fubo TV.

Scream

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"Scream" Dimension Films

The beginning of the Scream franchise came in 1996, with Wes Craven directing the slasher movie which is seeing a resurrection in 2022.

The film starred Courteney Cox, David Arquette and Neve Campbell as a group of people who try to stop an eerily-dressed killer from his spree: which is marked by a frightening phone call.

Scream is available to stream on Fubo TV.

Audition

The 1999 movie from Japanese director Takashi Miike is another which really put J-horrors on the map. The film follows a man who does a mock-casting to find a new wife, only to find himself intimately connected with someone whose dark past comes to haunt them.

Audition is available to stream on AMC+.