The 10 Best Horror Movies of 1991
Well, no secret here, 1991 was a terrible year for horror. We’re talking baaaad. When the absolute best horror movie of the year is a made-for-television flick, you know studios weren’t too concerned with tapping into the well within the dark market.
Don’t be mad at me for this list guys, jump in your time machine, crank it up to 88 mph and make some noise so we can get this historically terrible year on the right track!
10 976-Evil II
A seemingly harmless telephone service endows an evil teacher with powers from beyond the grave.
09 Puppet Master III: Toulon’s Revenge
Set in Berlin during WWII, the Nazi regime is attempting to develop a drug that will animate the dead, in order to use in the war effort. Toulon arouses suspicion as a Nazi dissident, and his secret is discovered. During a Nazi raid on his home, Toulon’s beautiful wife is murdered. Toulon vows revenge, with the help of his animated puppets. This movie gives a new perspective on Toulon and his “friends”.
08 Children of the Night
Cindy and Lucy are eighteen and going away to college. As a ritual they must rid themselves of the dirt of their small home town (Allburg) by swimming in an abandoned church crypt. They jump in and begin talking about sex when Lucys crucifix falls into the water and drifts down to land on Czakyr’s (an ancient vampire) head, apparently waking him up. Some time on-wards a school teacher from a nearby town, Mark, gets directed to Allburg to help Lucy and her grandmother, who are suspected to be in trouble. Lucy becomes the target of a town turned vampire because of her ‘virgin blood’. Mark, Lucy and an old wino shack up in an abandoned building outside of town but eventually get lured back to Allburg by the locals. There, with a giant glowing cross spearing the front of their Toyota, they take the town on and battle Czakyr. They win and life is restored to its original normalcy.
07 Scanners II: The New Order
Good and evil scanners combatting when a crooked politician schemes to gain control of a major city. Scanners are people who, because their mothers had taken a certain drug during pregnancy, have acquired telepathic powers. One scanner escapes from a mental center and is hired by the politician to use his powers to gain control of others minds, and then, their actions.
06 Body Parts
When Bill Chrashank loses his arm in a car accident, the arm of an executed death row inmate is grafted on in its place. The only problem, as Bill soon discovers, is that the arm is possessed by a force he cannot control.
05 Child’s Play 3
It’s been eight years since the events in the second film, we now see that Andy is a teenager who has been enrolled in a military school. Play Pals Toy Company decides to re-release its Good Guys line, feeling that after all this time, the bad publicity has died down. As they re-used old materials, the spirit of Charles Lee Ray once again comes to life. In his search for Andy, Chucky falls into the hands of a younger boy, and he realizes that it may be easier to transfer his soul into this unsuspecting child. Andy is the only one who knows what Chucky is up to, and it’s now up to him to put a stop to it.
A “Leatherface” type murderer who wears other people’s faces, kills at an all-night horrorthon at an old theatre put on by a bunch of film students. Maggie, the lead character, believes it’s really Lanyard Gates, a crazed film maker who killed his family live on stage, fifteen years ago. And now he’s back to kill his daughter, Sara, who is believed to be really Maggie.
03 The People Under the Stairs
The People Under the Stairs is the story of a young boy (Fool) from the ghetto and takes place on his 13th birthday. In an attempted burglary (along with two others) of the home of his family’s evil landlords, he becomes trapped inside their large suburban house and discovers the secret of the “children” that the insane brother and sister have been “rearing” under the stairs.
02 The Pit and the Pendulum
It is the time of the Spanish Inquisition. Maria does not like what is going on during the “Auto De Fe”. When she speaks out, she is arrested and accused of being a witch. Torquemada has plans for her! He orders her tortured, and her tongue to be cut out. Her husband attempts to free her…
01 Sometimes They Come Back
Taken from the Stephen King short story about a school teacher’s return to his home town where his brother was killed by hoods, the hoods died in the freak train wreck along with his brother. Now they have “come back” to haunt him. One by one ’til they’re all back!
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For a bad year in horror this is actually a pretty decent list, I quite enjoyed some of these. Sometimes they come back is actually a really good choice, and you can never go wrong with the earlier Child’s Play films.
i hear ya Richard, Sometimes They Come Back is actually a top 3 King adaptation for me! And you’re right – Chucky always rocks!
I take it neither Cape Fear nor Silence of the Lambs qualified as true horror films? I suppose they both fall more under the ‘Thriller’ genre