The 1990s were full of awesome horror films. One of the best ones was a movie called Stir Of Echoes, which managed to bring in over $20,000,000 at the box office during the time that it spent in movie theaters across America.
Another fantastically creepy film that came out around that time was Candyman. This movie managed to freak out lots of people, which is why it is one of the most financially successful horror movies from that decade.
But as successful as those two movies were, the numbers they brought in at the box office are nothing in comparison to the top 10 highest-grossing films from the ’90s. Here are the most successful horror movies from that time.
10 I Know What You Did Last Summer - $72,586,134
The 1990s was a decade full of awesome slasher films, and one of them was I Know What You Did Last Summer, which brought in $72,586,134 domestically. That is really impressive, especially when one considers the fact that it was released shortly after another popular slasher film, Scream.
This film did a great job of freaking audiences out, and it had a star-studded cast as well. Some of the actors that appeared in the movie include Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Freddie Prinze Jr. The film was such a success that it spawned to sequels.
9 Deep Blue Sea - $73,648,142
Those who created the film Deep Blue Sea were pretty much swimming in money for a bit after its release, since it managed to make $73,648,142 throughout America during its time in movie theaters. It is not hard to see why this film was so successful.
Horror movie audiences seem to love watching movies about sharks (hence why Jaws is still as popular as it is today) so this movie was probably destined to be a success from the start. Some of the cast members probably helped the movie become popular, too, since they were pretty famous. A few of the stars of the movie were LL Cool J, Thomas Jane, and Samuel L. Jackson.
8 Bram Stoker’s Dracula - $82,522,790
Bram Stoker’s Dracula was quite a popular movie back in the ’90s, and it earned $82,522,790 domestically. But there are a lot of other interesting facts about this movie as well.
When the movie was being filmed, two of its stars, Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder, actually ended up getting married. But before anyone gets too excited over that, it should be noted that this was not something they intended to do. It happened because they filmed their fictional wedding with a real Orthodox minister. They did not realize exactly what they had done until they had already filmed the scene.
7 The Haunting - $91,411,151
The Haunting is a really spooky film, and it seems that lots of audiences agreed with that back when it came out, since it raked in a whopping $91,411,151 at the box office during its’ stay in movie theaters in America. But it is easy to see why it was such a massive success.
It is pretty hard for a movie to go wrong when it has such a strong, talented cast. Some of the actors and actresses that are in this movie include Owen Wilson, Liam Neeson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bruce Dern, and Lili Taylor. Another interesting fact about this movie is that it is actually a remake.
6 Sleepy Hollow - $101,071,502
Sleepy Hollow was released on November 19th, 1999, and it managed to earn $101,071,502 nationally. It is hard to imagine that a film that features Christopher Walken as a villain would be scary instead of just outright goofy, but at that time, this was a very spooky movie.
Since it is such a well-done film, there are still some parts of it that work really well. The movie also features some truly magnificent performances by Johnny Depp, and Christina Ricci. The story focuses on Ichabod Crane as investigates the murders of three people, and the villain is The Headless Horseman.
5 Scream 2 - $101,363,301
Scream 2 was released in American movie theaters on December 12, 1997, and it made $101,363,301 at the box office while it was still in theaters. The Scream series was massively popular back in the 1990s, and it still is today.
This film took place two years after the first one, and it was just as enjoyable. But even though this movie was really good, the first one was still more successful as far as ticket sales go. After this movie, a couple more sequels were made, though none of them had the same level of financial success as the first two did.
4 Scream - $103,046,663
Scream changed horror films forever, and it had a pretty big impact on the box office as well, since it earned $103,046,663 during its time in American theaters. The film was very unique during the time that it was released, since it was a horror film that poked fun at other horror movies.
There are lots of interesting tidbits about the making of this movie. The party scene in the movie actually lasts a pretty long time, and it took the filmmakers twenty-one days to film it. That scene was so hard to film that some of the cast and crew later wore t-shirts that said “I survived scene 118.”
3 Interview With The Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles - $105,264,608
Interview With The Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles earned $105,264,608 domestically during the time that it was in theaters. The movie starred lots of well-known actors and actresses, such as Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise.
Kirsten Dunst starred in the film as well. During the filming of the movie, each of the actors that played vampires had to hang upside down for half an hour while they were getting their makeup done.
River Phoenix was originally supposed to play one of the characters, but Christian Slater ended up replacing him. Once Slater was paid, he donated a lot of his money to some charities that Phoenix liked.
2 The Blair Witch Project - $140,539,099
Anyone who was alive in the 1990s can probably remember how insanely popular The Blair Witch Project was back then, and it earned a massive $140,539,099 at the box office nationwide. The advertising that was done for that movie was marketing at its finest, since the filmmakers seemed to convince everyone that what they were watching when they went to see the movie was real.
Shortly after this film was released, a sequel came out. But the sequel was not nearly as successful as the first movie was. But just a few years ago, another sequel came out and it was pretty popular.
1 The Sixth Sense - $293,506,292
The Sixth Sense is a masterpiece, and it is the highest-grossing horror film of the 1990s since it earned $293,506,292 nationwide when it was in movie theaters. Anyone who is a horror movie fan probably knows about this film since “I see dead people” is one of the most famous lines in cinema history.
This is the movie that put director M. Night Shyamalan on the map. It also brought a lot of attention to Haley Joel Osment. Another cast member that has some impressive talent is Toni Collette. The movie was well-written, and it had a lot of very creepy moments in it.