Whilst the 80’s were famous for video nasties and low budget gorefests 90’s horror went mainstream. Admittedly the ’90s weren’t great for horror and there were a lot of remakes to get through before you could find something decent to watch. You had massive franchise series’ like Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer and Final Destination but under the surface, there were some great movies that didn’t quite make it. So close the curtains, dim the lights and join us as we explore ten alternative 90’s horror movies you need to watch. Fire In the Sky (1993) Fire In The Sky tells the story of a group of loggers who come face to face with a UFO. One of the men named Walton is hit by a mysterious beam of light whilst the others flee, presuming he’s dead. What follows is one of the most intense and disturbingly realistic films of all time. The men are accused of murder and investigated thoroughly until Walton turns up emaciated and naked. There are some pretty harrowing scenes of Walton being experimented on aboard an alien craft. This is actually based on a true story too which just makes it that bit more freaky. In fact, the whole film is pretty grim and one of those you should see but probably won’t want to watch again. Idle Hands (1999) Idle Hands remains one of the best comedy horrors around. Based on the premise of the devil makes work for idle hands, a young stoner called Anton wakes up on Halloween to find his right hand has been possessed by the devil and his parents are dead. His hand then goes on a killing spree while he tries to hang out with his stoner friends, both of whom he kills but they come back as zombies. It’s a really fun film and has great cast including Seth Green, Jessica Alba, Elden Henson and Vivica A Fox. Idle Hands also has a great cameo from Punk band The Offspring which can't be missed. Cronos (1994) Cronos certainly registers on the weird spectrum when it comes to horror movies. Directed by Guillermo Del Toro and starring Ron Perlman and Federico Luppi it revolves around an ancient artifact that can grant eternal life to whoever wears it. The film is a very strange kind of Vampire story but it’s highly atmospheric and far less cartoonish that del Toro’s later works. Cronos certainly takes some concentration but the journey is well worth it. Braindead (1992) For many years Braindead, also known as Dead Alive in some countries, held the record for the most fake blood used in a movie. This is an early film by Peter Jackson and is every bit as funny as it is gory as his other early work Bad Taste. The film is about a zombie outbreak in New Zealand which starts when a man named Lionel’s mother is scratched by a Sumatran Rat-Monkey. What follows is a serious gross-out fest that no self-respecting horror fan can miss out on. Complete with a kung-fu priest, puss custard and zombie sex this isn’t one to watch with the in-laws or the kids but it is a genuine classic. Cube (1997) Cube couldn’t be any more 90’s if it tried. A group of people are trapped in a room which tries to kill them. They manage to escape the room only to find themselves in another room that tries to kill them in a different way. Eventually, they work out a patter in the lighting that leads them to what they hope is the exit but things only get worse. Cube is essentially a sci-fi escape movie but it’s actually well executed and a good watch, definitely one for a movie marathon. So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993) Ok, so this is 100% a comedy movie but it has a strong Horror theme and fits well in any horror collection. Mike Myers plays a beat poet who meets a woman who might well be a mass murderer. This is a classic Mike Myers comedy and when things get out of hand it’s a good fun horror as well. Myers also plays his own father in the film which is hilarious. So I Married an Axe Murderer is also insanely quotable and will have you singing “Woman, Woah Man, Wooooooooman” over and over again. In The Mouth of Madness (1994) John Carpenter is a master of horror and In the Mouth of Madness is one of his finest works. Sam Neill stars as a psychiatric patient who used to be an insurance investigator. He tells the story of Sutter Cane, a horror novelist who had gone missing after his agent went mad and murdered his family. It seems his whereabouts can be found in his unreleased manuscript but with his last novel causing madness and psychotic rage should it be read? Even worse his publicist, played by Charlton Heston, wants to unleash the manuscript into the public. This is a tense and brutal horror that gets right into your psyche from the get-go. Flatliners (1990) Flatliners stars Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon and William Baldwin who play junior doctors who experiment on themselves to discover the afterlife. The premise is somewhat absurd but the great cast make this a true classic. The doctors essentially take turns in dying and being revived but their addiction to the afterlife starts to get out of control as they crave longer and longer times before they’re brought back. This was recently remade so do yourself a favour and watch the original instead, it’s one hundred percent better. Bride of Chucky (1998) Hi, I’m Chucky, Wanna Play? The Chucky franchise has always been great fun and in our opinion Bride of Chucky is one of the best. Chucky’s former girlfriend Tiffany wants her man back so gets the dolls remains from the police and resurrects him. Chucky tells her he didn’t intend on them ever marrying so she locks him up. He soon escapes and kills her, but he then traps her soul in another doll to annoy her. The rest of the film revolves around a plan to retrieve a magic amulet from his grave that can put their souls into Tiffany’s neighbours’ bodies. This is a classic slasher film that doesn’t take itself too seriously and is always a good watch. Tales From the Crypt: Demon Knight (1995) The Crypt Keeper tells us the story of the Demon Knight. Demon Knight is a true fight between good and evil set in New Mexico and sees a character named The Collector, played by Billy Zane pursuing a man named Brayker, played by William Sadler. This chase brings terror to a small community as they try to stop the Collector from getting an artefact. The artefact contains the blood of Christ himself and the demon world need to get it to return the world to darkness. Demon Knight is a true classic and also has a killer soundtrack by Pantera, Megadeth, Biohazard and more. So that’s our choice of ten alternative 90’s horror movies we hope you enjoyed revisiting these and if you haven’t seen them before then check them out. Are there any other 90’s horror you think should be on the list? Let us know in the comments and join in the chat.