Come with me and be immortal.
There’s not a lot of 1990s horror on my list of favorites, but Candyman (1992, dir. Bernard Rose) just has to be included. Its commentary on urban legends and myth-creation, race, urban segregation, and the way the past follows and shapes the present are all thought-provoking and meaningful, especially for its historical moment – immediately after Rodney King and the L.A. riots and well past the mid-20th century Civil Rights movement. Tony Todd’s performance as Candyman is also genuinely creepy.
Earlier countdown entries:
- Night of the Living Dead, dir. George Romero (1968)
- Dawn of the Dead, dir. George Romero (1978)
- Invasion of the Body Snatchers, dir. Philip Kaufman (1978)
- Get Out, dir. Jordan Peele (2017)
- Hellraiser, dir. Clive Barker (1987)
- Psycho, dir. Alfred Hitchcock (1960)
- The Birds, dir. Alfred Hitchcock (1963)
- Jaws, dir. Steven Spielberg (1975)
- Teeth, dir. Mitchell Lichtenstein (2007)