Ranking What Was Really The Best Horror Movie Every Year 1990-2021

Over thirty years of terror...

Scream The Invisible Man
Dimension Films/Universal Pictures

Over the last thirty years, horror has gone through many changes, with countless filmmakers turning up in Hollywood and beyond to make their mark on the genre.

Through the years, audiences have been treated to the rise of the found footage horrors, innovative remakes of beloved classics, and psychological thrillers designed to test and unsettle even the most seasoned of horror fan. In the last decade alone, there's been a real boom in new subgenres that have taken the world by storm.

Since 1990, we've been subjected to hallucinatory nerve-shredders, gory zombie flicks, inventive slashers, witty spoofs, spotless adaptations of iconic classic novels, and everything in between.

It's a great time to be a horror fan, and with the 2020s kicking the genre off on a mighty high, now seems a good time to take a massive trip down memory lane and remember the greatest horror gems of the last thirty, influential years of cinema.

With that in mind, here are the best horror movies of every year from 1990 to 2021...

32. 1990: Jacob's Ladder

Scream The Invisible Man
Tristar Pictures

Like the majority of the 90s, 1990 itself was a busy year for horror, with such classics as Misery, Child's Play 2 and Flatliners turning up to horrify audiences everywhere.

The best of the year, though, has to be Jacob's Ladder, an hallucinatory horror that follows a Vietnam war vet (Tim Robbins) who starts having these bizarre and violent visions, and must race to figure out what's happening to him.

Confrontational, bloody and distressing, the film is messy but engrossing, and will leave even the most hardened viewer fidgeting with confusion and fear.


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