Top 50 Highest-Grossing 1990s Horror Films

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 1 month ago

Check out the horror films - including comedy horror - that ruled the U.S. box office in the 1990s.

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James Woods, Mark Boone Junior, Thomas Rosales Jr., David Rowden, and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa in Vampires (1998)

50. Vampires (1998)

Domestic Gross: $20,308,772

Plot: Recovering from an ambush that killed his entire team, a vengeful vampire slayer must retrieve an ancient Catholic relic that, should it be acquired by vampires, will allow them to walk in sunlight.

2
Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight (1995)

49. Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight (1995)

Domestic Gross: $21,089,146

Plot: A man on the run is hunted by a demon known as the Collector.

3
Kevin Bacon in Stir of Echoes (1999)

48. Stir of Echoes (1999)

Domestic Gross: $21,142,914

Plot: After being hypnotized by his sister in law, a man begins seeing haunting visions of a girl's ghost and a mystery begins to unfold around him.

4
Robert De Niro in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994)

47. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994)

Domestic Gross: $22,006,296

Plot: When the brilliant, but unorthodox scientist, Dr. Victor Frankenstein, rejects the artificial man that he has created, the Creature escapes, and swears revenge.

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A.J. Langer and Wendy Robie in The People Under the Stairs (1991)

46. The People Under the Stairs (1991)

Domestic Gross: $24,204,154

Plot: Two adults and a juvenile burglar break into a house occupied by a brother and sister and their stolen children and become trapped.

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Denzel Washington and John Goodman in Fallen (1998)

45. Fallen (1998)

Domestic Gross: $25,232,289

Plot: Homicide detective John Hobbes witnesses the execution of serial killer Edgar Reese. Soon after the execution the killings start again, and they are very similar to Reese's style.

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Mira Sorvino in Mimic (1997)

44. Mimic (1997)

Domestic Gross: $25,480,490

Plot: Three years ago, entomologist Dr. Susan Tyler genetically created an insect to kill cockroaches carrying a virulent disease. Now, the insects are out to destroy their only predator, mankind.

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Virginia Madsen and Tony Todd in Candyman (1992)

43. Candyman (1992)

Domestic Gross: $25,792,310

Plot: The Candyman, a murderous soul with a hook for a hand, is accidentally summoned to reality by a skeptic grad student researching the monster's myth.

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Salma Hayek in From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

42. From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

Domestic Gross: $25,836,616

Plot: Two criminals and their hostages unknowingly seek temporary refuge in an establishment populated by vampires, with chaotic results.

10
Jason Miller in The Exorcist III (1990)

41. The Exorcist III (1990)

Domestic Gross: $26,098,824

Plot: A police lieutenant uncovers more than he bargained for as his investigation of a series of murders, which have all the hallmarks of the deceased 'Gemini' serial killer, lead him to question the patients of a psychiatric ward.

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Julie Delpy and Tom Everett Scott in An American Werewolf in Paris (1997)

40. An American Werewolf in Paris (1997)

Domestic Gross: $26,570,463

Plot: An American man unwittingly gets involved with French werewolves who have developed a serum allowing them to transform at will.

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Event Horizon (1997)

39. Event Horizon (1997)

Domestic Gross: $26,673,242

Plot: A rescue crew investigates a spaceship that disappeared into a black hole and has now returned...with someone or something new on-board.

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Marlon Brando, Fairuza Balk, Val Kilmer, David Thewlis, Nelson de la Rosa, and Temuera Morrison in The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996)

38. The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996)

Domestic Gross: $27,663,982

Plot: After being rescued and brought to an island, a man discovers that its inhabitants are experimental animals being turned into strange-looking humans, all of it the work of a visionary doctor.

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Brad Dourif in Child's Play 2 (1990)

37. Child's Play 2 (1990)

Domestic Gross: $28,501,605

Plot: While Andy's mother is admitted to a psychiatric hospital, the young boy is placed in foster care, and Chucky, determined to claim Andy's soul, is not far behind.

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Alice Krige and Mädchen Amick in Sleepwalkers (1992)

36. Sleepwalkers (1992)

Domestic Gross: $30,524,763

Plot: A mother-and-son team of strange supernatural creatures move to a small town to seek out a young virgin to feed on.

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Lake Placid (1999)

35. Lake Placid (1999)

Domestic Gross: $31,770,414

Plot: Three people attempt to stop a gigantic crocodile, who is terrorizing residents in Black Lake, Maine.

17
The Lawnmower Man (1992)

34. The Lawnmower Man (1992)

Domestic Gross: $32,100,816

Plot: A simple man is turned into a genius through the application of computer science.

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Jennifer Tilly and Brad Dourif in Bride of Chucky (1998)

33. Bride of Chucky (1998)

Domestic Gross: $32,383,850

Plot: Chucky, the doll possessed by a serial killer, discovers the perfect mate to kill and revive into the body of another doll.

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Penelope Ann Miller in The Relic (1997)

32. The Relic (1997)

Domestic Gross: $33,956,608

Plot: A homicide detective and an anthropologist try to destroy a South American lizard-like god, who's on a people eating rampage in a Chicago museum.

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Robert Englund in Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)

31. Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)

Domestic Gross: $34,872,033

Plot: The Evil Freddy and his long-lost daughter team up to allow him to hunt his prey until he and his vengeful offspring meet in a hellish showdown.

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Tara Reid in Urban Legend (1998)

30. Urban Legend (1998)

Domestic Gross: $38,072,438

Plot: A college student suspects a series of bizarre deaths are connected to certain urban legends.

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Jennifer Love Hewitt and Brandy Norwood in I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998)

29. I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998)

Domestic Gross: $40,002,112

Plot: The murderous fisherman with a hook is back to once again stalk the two surviving teens, Julie and Ray, who left him for dead, as well as cause even more murder and mayhem, this time at a posh island resort.

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Elijah Wood, Josh Hartnett, Shawn Hatosy, Clea DuVall, and Laura Harris in The Faculty (1998)

28. The Faculty (1998)

Domestic Gross: $40,283,321

Plot: Students suspect that their teachers are aliens after bizarre occurrences.

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Famke Janssen, Peter Gallagher, Geoffrey Rush, Taye Diggs, and Chris Kattan in House on Haunted Hill (1999)

27. House on Haunted Hill (1999)

Domestic Gross: $40,846,082

Plot: An amusement park mogul offers a group of diverse people $1,000,000 to spend the night in a haunted house with a horrifying past.

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Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)

26. Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)

Domestic Gross: $41,482,207

Plot: The Gremlins are back, and this time, they've taken total control over the building of a media mogul.

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As the Alien in Alien Resurrection

25. Alien Resurrection (1997)

Domestic Gross: $47,795,658

Plot: Two centuries after her death, Ellen Ripley is revived as a powerful human/alien hybrid clone who must continue her war against the aliens.

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Patricia Arquette in Stigmata (1999)

24. Stigmata (1999)

Domestic Gross: $50,046,268

Plot: When a young woman becomes afflicted by stigmata, a priest is sent to investigate her case, which may have severe ramifications for his faith and for the Catholic Church itself.

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Brandon Lee in The Crow (1994)

23. The Crow (1994)

Domestic Gross: $50,693,129

Plot: A man brutally murdered comes back to life as an undead avenger of his and his fiancée's murder.

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Julian Sands in Arachnophobia (1990)

22. Arachnophobia (1990)

Domestic Gross: $53,208,180

Plot: A species of South American killer spider hitches a lift to the U.S. in a coffin and starts to breed and kill.

30
Michael Jai White in Spawn (1997)

21. Spawn (1997)

Domestic Gross: $54,870,175

Plot: An elite mercenary is killed, but comes back from Hell as a reluctant soldier of the Devil.

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Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)

20. Halloween: H20 (1998)

Domestic Gross: $55,041,738

Plot: Laurie Strode, now the dean of a Northern California private school with an assumed name, must battle the Shape one last time and now the life of her own son hangs in the balance.

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Sigourney Weaver and Tom Woodruff Jr. in Alien 3 (1992)

19. Alien 3 (1992)

Domestic Gross: $55,473,545

Plot: After her last encounter, Ripley crash-lands on Fiorina Fury 161, a maximum security prison. When a series of strange and deadly events occur shortly after her arrival, Ripley realizes that she brought along an unwelcome visitor.

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Goldie Hawn in Death Becomes Her (1992)

18. Death Becomes Her (1992)

Domestic Gross: $58,422,650

Plot: When a woman learns of an immortality treatment, she sees it as a way to outdo her long-time rival.

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Whip Hubley in Species (1995)

17. Species (1995)

Domestic Gross: $60,074,103

Plot: A group of scientists try to track down and trap a killer alien seductress before she successfully mates with a human.

35
Al Pacino in The Devil's Advocate (1997)

16. The Devil's Advocate (1997)

Domestic Gross: $60,944,660

Plot: An exceptionally adept Florida lawyer is offered a job to work in New York City for a high-end law firm with a high-end boss - the biggest opportunity of his career to date.

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Kevin Bacon, Julia Roberts, William Baldwin, Kiefer Sutherland, and Oliver Platt in Flatliners (1990)

15. Flatliners (1990)

Domestic Gross: $61,489,265

Plot: Five medical students experiment on "near death" experiences that involve past tragedies until the dark consequences begin to jeopardize their lives.

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Jack Nicholson in Wolf (1994)

14. Wolf (1994)

Domestic Gross: $65,002,597

Plot: Publisher Will Randall becomes a werewolf and has to fight to keep his job.

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Jennifer Lopez and Ice Cube in Anaconda (1997)

13. Anaconda (1997)

Domestic Gross: $65,885,767

Plot: A "National Geographic" film crew is taken hostage by an insane hunter, who takes them along on his quest to capture the world's largest - and deadliest - snake.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger and Gabriel Byrne in End of Days (1999)

12. End of Days (1999)

Domestic Gross: $66,889,043

Plot: At the end of the century, Satan visits New York in search of a bride. It's up to an ex-cop who now runs an elite security outfit to stop him.

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Wesley Snipes in Blade (1998)

11. Blade (1998)

Domestic Gross: $70,087,718

Plot: A half-vampire, half-mortal man becomes a protector of the mortal race, while slaying evil vampires.

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Ryan Phillippe, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Freddie Prinze Jr. in I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

10. I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

Domestic Gross: $72,586,134

Plot: After a nasty accident, four friends begin to drift apart. One year later Julie James gets a anonymous message and then a slicker wearing, hook wielding killer begins to rip apart her life.

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Stellan Skarsgård in Deep Blue Sea (1999)

9. Deep Blue Sea (1999)

Domestic Gross: $73,648,142

Plot: Searching for a cure to Alzheimer's disease, a group of scientists on an isolated research facility become the prey, as a trio of intelligent sharks fight back.

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Gary Oldman in Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)

8. Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)

Domestic Gross: $82,522,790

Plot: The centuries old vampire Count Dracula comes to England to seduce his barrister Jonathan Harker's fiancée Mina Murray and inflict havoc in the foreign land.

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Liam Neeson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Owen Wilson in The Haunting (1999)

7. The Haunting (1999)

Domestic Gross: $91,411,151

Plot: When Eleanor, Theo, and Luke decide to take part in a sleep study at a huge mansion they get more than they bargained for when Dr. Marrow tells them of the house's ghostly past.

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Christopher Walken and Sleepy Hollow

6. Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Domestic Gross: $101,071,502

Plot: Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate the decapitations of three people with the culprit being the legendary apparition, the Headless Horseman.

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Neve Campbell and Courteney Cox in Scream 2 (1997)

5. Scream 2 (1997)

Domestic Gross: $101,363,301

Plot: Two years after the first series of murders, a new psychopath dons the Ghostface costume and a new string of killings begins.

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Scream (1996)

4. Scream (1996)

Domestic Gross: $103,046,663

Plot: A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game.

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Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, and Kirsten Dunst in Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)

3. Interview with the Vampire (1994)

Domestic Gross: $105,264,608

Plot: A vampire tells his epic life story: love, betrayal, loneliness, and hunger.

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Heather Donahue in The Blair Witch Project (1999)

2. The Blair Witch Project (1999)

Domestic Gross: $140,539,099

Plot: Three film students vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend, leaving only their footage behind.

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Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment in The Sixth Sense (1999)

1. The Sixth Sense (1999)

Domestic Gross: $293,506,292

Plot: A boy who communicates with spirits that don't know they're dead seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist.