The 90's are certainly not known universally as the "golden age" of horror by any means. The genre struggled to gain traction and really didn't find a true identity until about halfway through the decade. With that said, there were certainly films worth of discussion. So now let's take a look at the top 10 films of the 1990's.
1. Silence of the Lambs (1991). Half horror film, half FBI crime drama, "Silence of the Lambs" is an epic film that still resonates over twenty years later. Anthony Hopkins is brilliant as the psychopathic Hannibal Lectar and Jodi Foster shines in her role as FBI Agent Starling. "Silence" gets under your skin in a way that very few films are able to achieve.
2. Misery (1990). One of the greatest adaptations of a Stephen King novel to date, "Misery" is a simple yet provocative thriller that slowly builds dread and makes you realize that James Caan's character may not survive at the hands of his quirky caretaker Annie (played by Kathy Bates). The storytelling in this movie is outstanding and by the end you are cheering for Caan to brutalize the psychopathic Annie in any way possible.
4. Se7en (1995). Seven is an amazing psychological thriller that cleverly blurs the lines between horror and drama. The idea of a "John Doe" serial killer using the seven deadly sins to off his victims proved to be absolute brilliance on screen as we find ourselves almost dreading what kind of horrors will be uncovered next by Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman.
Honorable Mentions: Event Horizon, Jacob's Ladder, Wes Craven's New Nightmare, Urban Legend, It, Bram Stoker's Dracula.