The Best Horror Movie for Every Year Since 1990.


It's Halloween season! And if there is one thing aside from candy, decorations, and haunted places that puts people in the Halloween mood, it's scary movies!

Since I was born in 1990, I decided to make a list of the best movie of every year of my life. Let's have some fun, shall we?

1. I won't include 2018, since 2018 isn't over yet, and I haven't seen many movies from this year quite yet.

2. For the sake of argument, "Horror" will be defined as any of the following: Horror, Comedy-Horror, Slasher, Thriller, Psychological Thriller, and even some Suspense movies(although this is a rare).

1990: It

The year I was born in must have been the most pathetic year for entertainment. Aside from the fact the music, television shows, and movies in general were terrible, there weren't many true scary movies either. However, Stephen King saved us with the mini-series/movie based off of his legendary novel(The remake was better by the way).

Pennywise the Dancing Clown-Played by Tim Curry
Pennywise the Dancing Clown-Played by Tim Curry

1991: The Silence of the Lambs

There is no question with this pick. This bone-chilling thriller is known as one of the best horror movies of all time, and it was unique in the movie focused on a monster that exists in real life-a Cannibal!

Hannibal the Cannibal-Played by Sir Anthony Hopkins
Hannibal the Cannibal-Played by Sir Anthony Hopkins

1992: Sleepwalkers

This was the first time in Stephen King's history that he made his own original movie(that wasn't based on a piece of literature by him). While it definitely has it's incesty-sickly moments, it's a little creepy, and a hit way before the whole Zombie/Vampire-Movie epidemic.

1993: Needful Things

This movie is grossly underrated. Based on the novel by Stephen King, this movie showcases how humans react to what they think they need, and proves greed is the root of all evil.

1994: The Stand

Another dud year for horror movies, so why not go with the mini-series/movie which is based on a Stephen King novel? This was the O.G. version of Apocalypse movies, and none of these recent ones can top it.

Randal Flagg-The Devil
Randal Flagg-The Devil

1995: Tales From the Crypt: The Demon King

This is an atrocious year for horror movies, and this movie itself isn't all that great-but we know it will bring you nostalgic bursts from the original series on HBO.

1996: Thinner

This was such a hard choice, as Scream could also be worthy of this spot, but Stephen King is a master at making his books come to life. And this story is completely unique in every way, and displays one of the most eerie ways to die via Gypsy Curse.

1997: I Know What You Did Last Summer

Sorry, but another Scream movie is getting booted out again. Everyone who watched this started getting paranoid about their "secrets", and this movie lets us know the past really does haunt us.

1998: Urban Legend

Did you ever wonder if Urban Legends were real? Well, this movie will let you know. This movie is suspenseful, and keeps you guessing, as it's a classic "who/why dunnit?"

1999: Sixth Sense

In a fantastic year for horror movies, this was a tough one. With that being said, did anyone see the surprise ending at the end? Was there anyone not holding their breath throughout the whole movie?

"I See Dead People"

2000: Final Destination

The first year of the New Millennium gave us the final destination. It's a movie which gives you the chills: Are we really destined to die, no matter what the circumstance is? Is there a way to cheat death?

Can she really escape her death?
Can she really escape her death?

2001: Jeepers Creepers

Where'd ya get those peepers? This movie could be nominated for the scariest movie villain of all time. Was anyone else absolutely creeped out by the creature's behavior?

When a Texan finds out you are a liberal.
When a Texan finds out you are a liberal.

2002: The Ring

If anyone ever asks what the scariest movie ending of all time is, remind them of this movie. Not to mention the infamous "video" scared the jeepers out of all of us!

Long hair, don't care.
Long hair, don't care.

2003: Dead End

This is one of the most underrated movies of all time. While it's a Comedy-Horror flick, it does an amazing job at blending both genres, and it's the only movie where I've actually been scared, and cracked up within seconds of each other. Please, watch this!

2004: Saw

This might be the worst year for horror movies of all time! What happened in 2004? Was George W. Bush's re-election the real horror film? I was trying to avoid putting any movies from the Saw series on here(since they're more suspenseful than horror-based), but I had no choice this time.

2005: Hostel

This movie lead the way for brutal horror films where unimaginable torturing, and deaths occur. Also, it has a butcher with a hunchback...it doesn't get much creepier than that, does it?

2006: The Hills Have Eyes

I never saw the original movie, but this was solid horror film in a year of duds. The imbred monster-humans were the scariest!

2007: 1408

It's about time Stephen King made his way back on the list, isn't it? Based on a short story by King, this psychological horror thriller shows us an adventure in the crazy mind of a mourning writer-father-psycho. You just have to watch it to know what I'm talking about.

2008: Cloverfield

When I first saw this movie in the theater, I had no idea what the movie would be about. As it turns out, it's a thriller where we discover what's going on through the point of view from the main character-a genius move which has been repeated in several movies since.

That moment when you realize you're about to get killed from an unidentified monster.
That moment when you realize you're about to get killed from an unidentified monster.

2009: Case 39

Another grossly underrated film. This movie is full of twists, and turns, but more importantly, allows a young child to terrify you. Who knew being a social worker could be such a dangerous job?

What the hell?
What the hell?

2010: Insidious

Even though the start of this decade had some great horror films, there really is no contest here. This movie proves that a PG-13 movie can be one of the best horror films of all time. All hail, James Wan!

Hey! It's Him from The Powerpuff Girls
Hey! It's Him from The Powerpuff Girls

2011: The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)

If you thought the first one was obscure, please watch the second one, and find out why it's been banned in most of the world. But for some sick reason, I love it.

So...what do you all think is going on here?
So...what do you all think is going on here?

2012: The Cabin in the Woods

Probably the most unique move I've ever seen in my life. While it falls under the trendy Comedy-Horror genre, this movie follows a group of college kids going to the cabin in the woods for some fun parties. No, this movie is not what you think it is. And even after you find out what you think it is, the last half-hour blows your mind away.

They did the mash...they did the monster mash.
They did the mash...they did the monster mash.

2013: The Conjuring

James Wan really is an evil genius, isn't he? This time, he turns another "possessed by the devil" movie into a unique thriller.

2014: Annabelle

At this point, I'm boning for James Wan...I admitted it. But once again, another overplayed theme(i.e. a haunted doll) is somehow a unique movie which terrifies us. How does he do it every time?

2015: The Visit

M. Night Shyamalan is the surprise-twist king, and this movie is no different. An innocent trip to your grandparents' farm escalated real quickly...didn't it?

2016: 10 Cloverfield Lane

This was a spiritual sequel to Cloverfield, and in a bizarre way, it connected to the first film. However, the surprises you go through in this bone-chilling thriller is worth the watch.

2017: Get Out

Was 2017 the best year of all time for horror movies? Possibly. There were literally about ten possible picks for this spot, and unfortunately, I could only choose one. Not only was this movie creepy, but it also found a way to touch on the current issues of social justice. Who else figured out the twist?

As usual, it sucks to be the black person in a horror film.
As usual, it sucks to be the black person in a horror film.

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  • I didn't know sixth sense was considered a horror movie. I can't honestly say whether or not I would have predicted the ending, if I hadn't heard how "amazing" the ending was before I watched it. But the first scene I was like "wait. didn't he just die? please tell me the amazing ending everyone is talking about is that we're not supposed to know he is dead." And, indeed, that was exactly what it was..

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    • As I mentioned at the beginning of this MyTake, anything that is eerie/creepy/a thriller/jumpy/gory was considered a "Horror" movie for the sake of this Take.

  • The Others (2001) , Shutter (2004) , The Orphanage (2007) , REC (2007)

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  • I don't agree with a lot of these picks for the best but they are all decent movies. I haven't watched a horror film for a long time but I might have to watch something after reading this take.

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    • Which years do you disagree with?

      There are some years which were absolutely dismal for horror films, and I had to pick the best out of a rotten deck of cards.

  • While I agree that the remake of It was a little better (I didn't care that much for it), Tim Curry was a much better clown than the one in the remake.

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    • I thought the remake of "It" was much better than the original mini-series, but I will definitely agree that Tim Curry was an overall better Pennywise.

  • Are you sure it's Tales From the Crypt: The Demon King and not Tales From the Crypt: Demon Knight?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cT5Cg8H7ec

    I've seen all of the following at least once or twice before:

    1990: It
    1994: The Stand
    1995: Tales From the Crypt: The Demon King
    1997: I Know What You Did Last Summer
    1999: Sixth Sense
    2000: Final Destination
    2002: The Ring
    2004: Saw

    Sixth Sense definitely is the most memorable and so was Final Destination. Can't forget the beginning of The Stand either and how it shows the whole world collapsing as the virus cause global panic and slowly destroys and wipes out civilization.

    I watched parts of the following, but didn't recall all that much of them:

    1996: Thinner
    1998: Urban Legend
    2001: Jeepers Creepers

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  • I have never seen a good horror movie.
    They are all super dumb, super boring and finny instead of scary.
    I always loughed about the bad special effects or the dumb characters who just earn to die

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  • Silence of the Lambs was simply bad ass. What an acting Job by Anthony Hopkins.

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  • Saw, Human Centipede, and Hostel.
    Really into the shitty torture porn there.
    And I noticed none of the Scream films are on this list

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    • That's because all four "Scream" movies were released in years that were great for horror movies.

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    • @The_Underground_Man Very true. That was the first "found footage" style film I knew of, and it made the style very creepy.

    • Not really the found footage is a direct descendent of the same process in books, there is a found journal entry (the creepiest part of the book in my opinion, it always creeps me out) in Dracula. And film wise we can say its at least as old as 1980 with Cannibal Holocausr

  • Some of these movies are among my favorites, great Take, horror is my favorite genre.

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  • So far this is the third thread in a row that doesn't have Halloween listed

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    • Keep in mind, my list is from 1990(the year I was born) until 2017. Here are the Halloween movies which have been released in that range.

      "Halloween: The Curse of Michael Meyers"(1995)-
      "Halloween H2O: 20 Years Later"(1998)
      "Halloween: Resurrection"(2002)

      And then, there were the two Rob Zombie remakes of "Halloween I-II" in 2007, and 2009 respectively.

      I've never seen any of the "Halloween" movies on the list, and I've heard that none of them are any good.

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