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Can You Name These ’90s Horror Movies From a Screenshot?
By: Lauren Lubas
7 Min Quiz
Image: Mandalay Pictures / Scott Rudin Productions / American Zoetrope / Tim Burton Productions
About This Quiz
Horror movie enthusiasts know that the 1990s gave us some of the most innovative horror films of our generation. Though some of them were as cheesy as those from decades past, movies like "Scream" (1996) and "The Blair Witch Project" (1999) flipped the script on the entire genre. We soon learned that horror movies could actually have plots (that didn't involve teenagers hanging out alone on stormy nights). They could also have interesting and funny characters.
Let's face it, the 1990s was the last decade in which horror movies didn't rely on buckets of blood and gratuitous violence to attract crowds (even the slasher films didn't overdo the gore). We watched and learned that we could grow emotional attachments to vampires (back then, vampires were always the bad guys). We saw (what we thought was) the end of the "A Nightmare on Elm Street" franchise ("Freddy Vs. Jason" came out in 2003 ... for some reason). We saw the 20th anniversary of the "Halloween" franchise with "Halloween Water" ... um, we mean "Halloween H20: 20 Years Later" (1998). Overall, it was a great time to be a horror movie fan.
If you remember the horror movies of the 1990s, check out some of the deep cuts we found, and see if you can name all of them from a single screenshot.
Can you name this TV miniseries about a group of friends fighting the scariest clown ever?
Stephen King loves to explore people's greatest fears, and clowns are at the top of that list. King doesn't just make a scary clown in this film (and book), he makes the creepiest thing that has ever come out of a sewer. Tim Curry as Pennywise is tremendous.
Can you name the horror film that made fun of horror films?
"Scream" was an excellent movie that didn't mind making fun of itself. Spoiler Alert: two horror movie enthusiasts create their own horror movie by killing their fellow classmates at night.
Marvel Studios / Amen Ra Films / Imaginary Forces
Which movie is about a vampire slayer who loves revenge?
Someone wanted an action movie and a vampire movie at the same time. This is what they got. "Blade" stars Wesley Snipes as a half-human, half-vampire. After his mom is killed, he seeks his revenge. This is an action movie with quite a bit of gore added to it.
Ringu/Rasen Production Committee
What is the name of this terrifying movie about a cursed VHS tape?
"Ring" (1998) was a new kind of scary. It was suspenseful and showed us that curses are nothing to mess with ... even if you're an investigative reporter who is interested in how people die from watching TV. This was the Japanese film that was remade as "The Ring" in the U.S. in 2002.
Strong Heart/Demme Production
Which movie includes a cannibal, a basket and an FBI agent?
"The Silence of the Lambs" (1991) was a different kind of horror movie. Yes, it involved murder and suspense, but it also included some deep psychological theory on serial killing.
This found-footage film completely changed the horror game. What movie is it?
There is no doubt that "The Blair Witch Project" (1999) was way ahead of its time. It was terrifying without even showing any crazy amounts of blood. You simply got the reaction from the actors (who were acting like they weren't actors).
Can you identify this movie about teen witches?
When teen witches get out of control, it takes one witch in the coven to stop them. "The Craft" is about what happens when teen drama meets some real crazy witchcraft. If only scars were that easy to erase.
Hollywood Pictures / Spyglass Entertainment / The Kennedy/Marshall Company / Barry Mendel Productions
You may recognize this as one of the most famous horror films from the '90s. Do you know what it's called?
Even if you haven't seen "The Sixth Sense" (1999), chances are someone has already blown the ending for you. This movie was made fun of and parodied so many times that it's impossible not to know at least a little bit about it.
Propaganda Films / PolyGram Filmed Entertainment
Say his name three times and see what happens. What movie is this?
Nothing scared 13-year-old girls more than the thought that a giant man covered in bees was going to attack them if they even thought of his name three times when they walked into the bathroom.
Mandalay Pictures / Scott Rudin Productions / American Zoetrope / Tim Burton Productions
What is the name of this horror movie that is a twist on a classic Halloween tale?
Johnny Depp in a gothic movie? Sign us up! "Sleepy Hollow" (1999) takes "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" to new extremes, giving it a little mystery and witchcraft to boot. It's an amazing twist ... Christopher Walken terrifies the audience.
Do you know which movie included Jennifer Aniston and Warwick Davis?
If you thought that leprechauns were cool guys who simply shared their gold with everyone, this movie might make you stop chasing rainbows. It's an interesting movie about what happens when you get some gold of your own and someone wants it back.
Dimension Films / Los Hooligans Productions
Can you name the horror movie that takes place at Harrington High?
"The Faculty" (1998) is about a few teachers who have gone positively wrong. Alright, maybe they were always that way, but during the span of this film, they're acting beyond strange as they are being controlled by aliens.
American Zoetrope / Osiris Films
Can you name this classic novel turned into a movie in 1992?
Dracula is one of the most iconic monsters of all time. Movie studios have been making films about him since scary movies were first conceptualized. However, when Gary Oldman plays Dracula, people pay attention.
Giant monsters in the Nevada desert don't seem so far-fetched, but can you name this movie?
"Tremors" (1990) is the type of movie you watch for the fun of monster movies. It's about two men who are bored with their lives, but stumble upon a seismologist who is worried about what is happening underground.
Do you remember which movie has a boy named Fool?
Movies like this rely solely on master makeup crews and shocking sound effects. Not only do we see a young boy break into a house and learn that the occupants keep little boys there, but we also learn that they have a daughter.
Castle Rock Entertainment / Nelson Entertainment
This thriller was written by Stephen King. Do you know what it was called?
The idea that writers have obsessive fans is not new. In "Misery" (1990), we see what happens when you mess with Kathy Bates. She will break ankles and drug you until she gets what she wants (her favorite character back).
Morgan Creek Productions
A group of monsters haunt a man's nightmares in which 1990 horror film?
What happens when you constantly have nightmares about monsters? Well, you go to a therapist. However, when that therapist is a serial killer ... you die, and then the monsters that you dream about save you. The plot is interesting, but you have to see it before you decide.
The Geffen Film Company
In which '90s horror flick do you see two action stars play vampires?
"Interview With the Vampire" isn't necessarily the scariest of all horror movies. It actually follows a vampire through his death and the hundreds of years that he has lived among humans. It's fascinating what you can learn in an interview ... as long as you don't die at the end.
Trimark Pictures / PolyGram Filmed Entertainment
Which of these movies is about a boy who tries to save his mother?
Apparently, all it takes to become a zombie in "Dead Alive" (1992) is a monkey bite. However, when a boy tries to lock his zombie mother in the basement, she escapes and things get pretty bloody.
New Line Cinema
Do you know this movie about a horror writer?
"In the Mouth of Madness" (1994) is about an insurance investigator who wants to prove that a horror writer isn't really missing. However, nothing can prepare him for what he actually sees in the end.
Konrad Pictures / Craven-Maddalena Films
Do you recognize this sequel to one of the most iconic horror movies of the 1990s?
"Scream 2" (1997) took the funny self-awareness of the original "Scream" film and brought it to horror movie sequels. Nothing was safe after that as we learned what to look for when we watch the second installment of a series.
Crypt Keeper Productions
In which movie would you find the collector and an ex-soldier?
"Demon Knight" (1995) is about a man who is protecting a very old key. The Collector (who is played by Billy Zane) would like the key to open the gates of hell and start up the apocalypse. As you can tell, things get a little messy.
Some of the main players are back in this sequel. Do you know what it's called?
Julie James is off to college, and more people around her are dying. Is Ben Wills still alive? Is there another person killing her friends? The only way to find out is to revisit this teen slasher film that scared us all in 1998.
David Kirschner Productions
What is the name of this movie about dolls?
"Bride of Chucky" (1998) went a little bit of a different direction with the "Child's Play" series. It became more funny than anything, as Chucky falls in love and gets married (seriously).
Dimension Films / A Band Apart / Los Hooligans Productions
This movie seems normal until the vampires show up. Do you know what it's called?
Quentin Tarantino has made some pretty great movies over the years. Most of his movies include heroes that are a little bit sick in the head. This movie is no different, as we learn that a house of ill repute in Mexico is there as a buffet for vamps.
Dino De Laurentiis Communications / Renaissance Pictures
The hero in this movie has a chain saw. What is it called?
This horror film doubles as a comedy film. In 1992, it was definitely a new kind of movie. It is no wonder that this film has gained a cult following as it includes time travel, ghouls and chain saws. It stars Bruce Campbell, modern king of B movies. See him in "Bubba Ho-Tep!"
Licht/Mueller Film Corporation / Team Todd
Can you name the movie where a teen heartthrob kills his best friends?
"Idle Hands" are the devil's plaything, and when Anton Tobias (played by Devon Sawa) has his hand possessed, he realizes that things aren't so great for him. His hand kills his best friends. This is one of those horror-comedy movies, and it's definitely a fun watch.
This movie is about a possed spaceship. Can you name it?
Upon finding a ship that went missing years earlier, a team finds that there is much more going on than meets the eye. There is nothing more frightening than a horror movie in space ... there is literally nowhere for these characters to run.
Do you recognize this film about a vampire who tries to be good?
"Innocent Blood" (1992) was directed by John Landis. It's about a lady vamp who only drinks the blood of bad guys ... that is until she accidentally turns the baddest of the bad into a vampire himself.
Original Film / Phoenix Pictures
Do you remember this film that calls back to scary stories you heard as a child?
"Urban Legend" is about what happens on a college campus when things get a little weird and people start believing that the stories they hear really do come true. It is a little twist on horror movies, but it gives us some interesting characters.
Morgan Creek Productions
Can you identify this third installment of a classic horror film series?
In 1990, someone decided that they could make yet another "Exorcist" movie and it would be great. This one is a little bit off the charts on how far it strays from the storyline, but it was definitely a good try.
This movie shows when people's numbers are up. What is it called?
"The Frighteners" stars Michael J. Fox as a man who lost his wife in a car accident and claims to be able to exercise evil spirits from people and towns. However, when he starts seeing things, everything changes.
Dimension Films / Nightfall Productions / Trancas International
Which installment of the "Halloween" series is this?
Jamie Lee Curtis reprises her role as Laurie Strode (now living under a different name in California). Movies like this started bringing in the nostalgic side of horror films and inspired quite a few other comebacks.
New Line Cinema
After Freddy kills everyone in his home town, he finds a new town in which movie?
We all know that "Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare" was not actually the final movie where we see Freddy killing people off. We see him again in "Wes Craven's New Nightmare" (1994).
BBC / Cloud Nine Entertainment / Marubeni Corporation / Pacific Western Productions / PolyGram Filmed Entertainment / Tele München Fernseh Produktionsgesellschaft / Toho-Towa
What is the name of this monster movie from 1997?
"The Relic" is about what happens at the museum at night, and the Chicago Field Museum, no less (that place is awesome). In this movie, we see a bunch of museum employees die terrible deaths before someone realizes that a giant monster came out of one of their crates.
New Line Cinema
In which installment of "A Nightmare on Elm Street" do we see Robert Englund play himself?
"Wes Craven's New Nightmare" (1994) brought the fantasy horror world into the real world as actress Heather Langenkamp plays herself as the actress who played in the original "A Nightmare on Elm Street" film in 1984.
Can you name this remake that came out in 1999?
"The Haunting" (1999) is a remake of the British film of the same name that was released in 1963. However, in the '90s, we see Catherine Zeta-Jones play the main character in this not-so-scary horror film.
Fondo de Fomento Cinematográfico / Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía / Universidad de Guadalajara / Iguana Producciones / Ventana Films
Do you remember this movie about a man who gets youth and eternal life?
This movie is about an antique dealer who finds a magical scarab. Sure, he gets to live forever, but he also has a newfound bloodthirst. When someone tries to steal the magical scarab from the antique dealer, things get a little brutal.
Artisan Entertainment / Cacophony Productions
In which horror film does Kevin Bacon pull out one of his teeth?
In a memorable nightmare sequence, Kevin Bacon pulls out a tooth and drops it in the sink. Anyone who has ever had a nightmare like this knows the exact feeling his character had in "Stir of Echoes" (1999).
21st Century Film Corporation
The dead rise in this 1990 horror remake. What is it called?
When you are the only group of living survivors left, it's probably not a good idea to argue among yourselves ... especially when there are zombies outside your door. However, "Night of the Living Dead" (1990) gave us a little look at what would happen if the dead did decide to rise.
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