They say you can’t have too much of a good thing. While that may not be the case with horror, given that many of the greatest scary movies ever made are on the longer side, such as Rosemary’s Baby or The Shining, it’s still nice to throw on a film every now and then that you don’t have to carve out a three hour time slot for.
Of course, laying groundwork is an essential part of any frightening tale, but sometimes brevity is key when it comes to horror filmmaking. So, if you don’t feel like buckling in for a two and a half hour slow burn (looking at you, Ari Aster) but still want your fix of fright, look no further.
These are the 10 best horror movies under 90 minutes.
10. Zombieland (2009)
2009’s Zombieland packs a lot of shotgun-blasting, giftshop-smashing, twinkie-eating undead action into its relatively short 88-minute runtime. By the time 2009 came around, zombie movies were dying a slow death, until Zombieland crashed onto the scene and gave the genre the bolt of lightning it needed to reanimate its bloody corpse.
Due to its fiendishly clever meta script and four memorable performances from Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin, Zombieland was an immensely fun and concise romp through post-apocalyptic America and has since become a beloved entry to the zombie canon. So, if you like your zombie apocalypses with a satiric bite and a quick-moving pace wrapped up in a tight hour and 28 minutes, Zombieland is for you.