Top 50 Highest-Grossing 1990s Horror Filmsby IMDb-Editors | last updated - 10 months ago
Check out the horror films - including comedy horror - that ruled the U.S. box office in the 1990s.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
28. The Faculty (1998)
Domestic Gross: $40,283,321
Plot: Students suspect that their teachers are aliens after bizarre occurrences.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
14. Wolf (1994)
Domestic Gross: $65,002,597
Plot: Publisher Will Randall becomes a werewolf and has to fight to keep his job.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
3. Interview with the Vampire (1994)
Domestic Gross: $105,264,608
Plot: A vampire tells his epic life story: love, betrayal, loneliness, and hunger.
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.