Underrated Horror Films of the 90s
Recognizing Underappreciated 90s Horror Films
Horror films are the most frequently nit-picked. Regardless of the quality of the film, fans of the genre When watching horror films, viewers tend to see their value differently than other genres of cinema. Gone are the moments of searching for the perfect monologue. And, there are no worries about analyzing a potential “Best Actor” performance. Instead, the genre is defined by scares. The ones that kept a person awake throughout the night, afraid to sleep after they just witnessed. Many films of the genre get their credit as cult classics, however many of them slipped through the cracks. Especially during the 90s, which is considered the golden era of horror films. Real fans of the genre know their favorites off the back of their hand.
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Back in the 90s, horror movies appeared by the boatload. And for a good reason. Let’s be honest, the plotlines were thin, the cast was usually new talent, and they didn’t cost much to make. Plus, the elements that were needed to capture the attendance of the audience were simple to include. A chainsaw here, some hacking and slashing there, a whispered song from some children in the dark, and voila. While many of these great horror films of the 90s got their credit, here’s a list of some underrated ones.
Reliving Horror Films of the 90s
In The Mouth of Madness (1995)
“Stephen King has a lot of fun playing with the line between reality and fiction – his “Misery” was the story of a fan who takes a horror writer’s work a little too seriously – and now here is a movie to turn the tables on King.” – Roger Ebert
There are a variety of reasons why this film was ignored. Timing is everything, and this 90s film simply didn’t have the firepower to compete with the Friday the 13s and Nightmare On Elm Streets. However, the film is full of dark moments that fans of the genre would love.
“If, as religion teaches us, the purpose of this world is to prepare for the next, then what greater punishment could there be, really, than to be stranded on the near shore?” Roger Ebert
Cronos was appreciated by the small number of people who actually saw the film back in 1994. However, as time passed, it became a fan favorite. Especially by hipsters of the genre. Because the film didn’t get the love it deserved until later, it makes watching the film now that much sweeter. Especially when horror films look at the work of Guillermo Del Toro in retrospect, which gives the film even more value today.
Return of the Living Dead 3
“It’s also among the most accurate films I’ve ever seen about complicated relationships. And finally it’s beautifully tragic, a movie that shouldn’t have the power it does. It destroys me like a great melodrama because Yuzna means every bit of it. And I mean it when I say this film ought to be a horror classic.” – Scout Tafoya
Sequels are almost never respected as well as original films. Almost the same way that a remix to a song oftentimes feels out of place compared to the original version. With three renditions of a film, the chances for it to shine are even dimmer. The third chapter of a film is usually dead before it’s ever created, but those who gave this a chance to shine will remember how fun of a watch it could be.
Urban Legend (1998)
“When the campus is in the grip of a mad slasher, the dead outnumber the living in the dorms, and security guards start sliding through pools of blood–it is seriously uncool to sneak up silently behind someone and grab them by the shoulder. If they’re packing, you’re dead meat.” – Roger Ebert
Hey Jared Leto, how are you? Like most films, Leto absolutely crushed his role. This also benefits the film in retrospect when new-age viewers dig into the past to see how excellent actors got their beginnings. The music, the cast, and the jump scare scenes provided in this film easily make it one of the most underrated of its time.
The Dark Half (1993)
“One of the early images in “The Dark Half” is as terrifying as anything Stephen King has ever conceived.” – Roger Ebert
This film gets unwarranted hate due to its lack of star power. Plus, the placement of the roles made fans of the genre uneasy. It’s almost as if the film would be critically acclaimed had the actors that fans wanted at the time made it into the film. Nonetheless, the film was dark, and fit the mold for a film that’s definitely worth going back to visit. Not to mention it did fairly well at the box office.
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*Movie Review Excerpts via Roger Ebert at https://www.rogerebert.com/