The 24 Best Horror Movies of 1996

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1). Scream (1996)

Score: 7.48/10 IMDB: 7.2/10 Trailer Review
A year after her mother's death, Sydney Prescott (Neve Campbell), and her friends started experiencing some strange phone calls. They…
Director: Wes Craven
Stars: Matthew Lillard, Drew Barrymore, Wes Craven, Roger Jackson, Liev Schreiber

2). Tesis (1996)

Score: 7.3/10 IMDB: 7.5/10 Trailer
Why is death and violence so fascinating? Is it morally correct to show violence in movies? If so, is there…
Director: Alejandro Amenábar
Stars: Eduardo Noriega, José Luis Cuerda, Walter Prieto, Emiliano Otegui, Ana Torrent

3). The Frighteners (1996)

Score: 6.81/10 IMDB: 7.1/10 Trailer Review
After a car accident in which his wife, Debra, was killed and he was injured, Frank Bannister develops psychic abilities…
Director: Peter Jackson
Stars: Dee Wallace, Jeffrey Combs, Peter Jackson, Billy Jackson, R. Lee Ermey

4). From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

Score: 6.79/10 IMDB: 7.3/10 Trailer Review
After a bank heist in Abilene with several casualties, the bank robber Seth Gecko and his psychopath and rapist brother…
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Stars: Danny Trejo, Tom Savini, Greg Nicotero, Jake McKinnon, Michael Parks

5). The Craft (1996)

Score: 6.19/10 IMDB: 6.3/10 Trailer Review
A new girl moves to a new city with her family to start a new life. She meets up with…
Director: Andrew Fleming
Stars: Neve Campbell, William Newman, John Kapelos, Rachel True, Breckin Meyer

6). Tremors II: Aftershocks (1996)

Score: 6.1/10 IMDB: 6.0/10 Trailer Review
When an army of Graboids - giant, carnivorous underground worms - threaten the Petromaya oil refinery in Mexico, its owners…
Director: S.S. Wilson
Stars: Thomas Rosales Jr., Michael Gross, Chris Gartin, Helen Shaver, Marcelo Tubert

7). Arcane Sorcerer (1996)

Score: 6.03/10 IMDB: 6.8/10 Trailer
A seminary student, Giacomo Vigetti, is convicted by the Papal State of seducing a young girl. He is forced to…
Director: Pupi Avati
Stars: Eliana Miglio, Massimo Sarchielli, Michelangelo Pulci, Claudia Lawrence, Patrizia Sacchi

8). Karmina (1996)

Score: 6.03/10 IMDB: 6.8/10 Trailer
Translation of the above: Karmina, a young vampire (only 140 years old) flees her Translylvanian castle where she must marry…
Director: Gabriel Pelletier
Stars: Gordon Masten, Roger Michael, André Gauthier, Monique Martel, Robert Brouillette

9). The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)

Score: 5.94/10 IMDB: 6.8/10 Trailer Review
Sir Robert Beaumont is behind schedule on a railroad in Africa. Enlisting noted engineer John Henry Patterson to right the…
Director: Stephen Hopkins
Stars: Bernard Hill, Tom Wilkinson, Emily Mortimer, Om Puri, Val Kilmer

10). The Stendhal Syndrome (1996)

Score: 5.93/10 IMDB: 6.1/10 Trailer
Anna Manni is a policewoman trying to capture a vicious serial rapist and killer. The problem is that she suffers…
Director: Dario Argento
Stars: Thomas Kretschmann, Asia Argento, Veronica Lazar, Cinzia Monreale, Mario Diano

11). Gamera 2: Region shurai (1996)

Score: 5.79/10 IMDB: 7.3/10 Trailer
A strange meteor lands in Japan unleashing hundreds of insect-like "legion" creatures which find their way into Tokyo. When the…
Directors: Shûsuke Kaneko, Shûsuke Kaneko
Stars: Jason Douglas, Chris Patton, John Swasey, Chris Anderson, Shelley Calene-Black

12). Don't Look Up (1996)

Score: 5.69/10 IMDB: 6.2/10 Trailer
A filmmaker and crew slowly go insane after being continually haunted by the ghost of a dead actress.
Director: Hideo Nakata
Stars: Ren Osugi, Toshie Negishi, Reita Serizawa, Yûrei Yanagi, SABU

13). Bad Moon (1996)

Score: 5.57/10 IMDB: 5.8/10 Trailer Review
One man's struggle to contain the curse he hides within... and his last-ditch attempt to free himself with the love…
Director: Eric Red
Stars: Michael Paré, Michael Paré, Mariel Hemingway, Mason Gamble, Ken Pogue

14). Ebola Syndrome (1996)

Score: 5.47/10 IMDB: 6.6/10 Trailer
Hong Kong 1986: A restaurant employee murders his boss and mutilates his wife, he escapes to South Africa where he…
Director: Herman Yau
Stars: Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Yeung-Ming Wan, Fui-On Shing, Tsui-Ling Wong, Miu-Ying Chan

15). Ekkusu (1996)

Score: 5.29/10 IMDB: 6.2/10 Trailer
The story takes place in 1999, the Year of Destiny, and the beginning of the end of the world. The…
Director: Rintaro
Stars: Don Fellows, Kôichi Yamadera, Rupert Degas, Kôichi Yamadera, Jeff Harding

16). Shadow Zone: The Undead Express (1996)

Score: 5.23/10 IMDB: 5.4/10 Trailer
Out of the darkness, the Grim Reaper appears in a graveyard among headstones and gargoyles. Elegantly cloaked, but masked by…
Director: Stephen Williams
Stars: Wes Craven, Joe Pingue, Michael Rhoades, Bryan Renfro, Chauncey Leopardi

17). Trilogy of Terror II (1996)

Score: 5.11/10 IMDB: 5.8/10
Three tales of terror: in "The Graveyard Rats" lovers murder the woman's older husband and encounter horror when they attempt…
Director: Dan Curtis
Stars: Aron Tager, Geoffrey Lewis, Richard Fitzpatrick, Philip Williams, Geraint Wyn Davies

18). Henry II: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1996)

Score: 4.94/10 IMDB: 4.9/10 Trailer
Henry II picks up where the original (Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer) left off. Henry (Neil Giuntoli) takes a…
Director: Chuck Parello
Stars: Kate Walsh, Neil Giuntoli, Rich Komenich, Rich Baker, Kam Heskin

19). Head of the Family (1996)

Score: 4.89/10 IMDB: 5.3/10 Trailer
Lance and Loretta are having a torrid affair behind her husband Howard's back. The problem is that Howard is brutal…
Director: Charles Band
Stars: Blake Adams, Jacqueline Lovell, Bob Schott, Gordon Jennison Noice, Albert Band

20). The Dentist (1996)

Score: 4.84/10 IMDB: 5.2/10 Trailer
Dr. Feinstone has everything, a beautiful wife and a successful career in dentistry, but, when he discovers his wife in…
Director: Brian Yuzna
Stars: Ken Foree, Mark Ruffalo, Christopher Kriesa, Earl Boen, Corbin Bernsen

21). La lengua asesina (1996)

Score: 4.83/10 IMDB: 4.7/10 Trailer
This horror story involves a woman hiding out with four pastel colored poodles in a desert gas station with the…
Director: Alberto Sciamma
Stars: Robert Englund, Doug Bradley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Melinda Clarke, Nigel Whitmey

22). Night Hunter (1996)

Score: 4.66/10 IMDB: 4.4/10 Trailer
Jack Cutter is the last in long line of vampire hunters. After killing few vampires in one L.A. restaurant, he…
Director: Rick Jacobson
Stars: Nicholas Guest, James Lew, Michael Cavanaugh, Ron Yuan, Marcus Aurelius

23). Uncle Sam (1996)

Score: 4.62/10 IMDB: 4.3/10 Trailer Review
Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone…
Director: William Lustig
Stars: Greg Bronson, P.J. Soles, Bo Hopkins, Tom McFadden, Isaac Hayes

24). Within the Rock (1996)

Score: 4.54/10 IMDB: 4.2/10 Trailer
On a direct collision course with Earth, a large moon rapidly approaches from the outer regions of the solar system…
Director: Gary J. Tunnicliffe
Stars: Duane Whitaker, Xander Berkeley, Earl Boen, Dale Dye, Brian Krause

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24 List of 1996 Horror Films Worth Watching!

Best Horror Movies of 1996

Looking for the best 1996 horror movies? At the top of our list of the best horror movies of 1996 are "Scream (1996), Tesis (1996), The Frighteners (1996), From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), and The Craft (1996)." Our top list is an average of our review scores, Hell Horror viewers, and a few other sources.

The best horror film of 1996 is Scream (1996) scoring 7.48/10 stars with our combined scores. IMDB already has over 253,530 votes for this movie. Starring in Scream (1996) is Matthew Lillard, Drew Barrymore, Wes Craven, Roger Jackson, and Liev Schreiber. Director Wes Craven did a phenomenal job treating us with this 1996 best horror film which was remarkable.Scream (1996) is in Horror, and Mystery movie genres.

Next Best Horror Movies of 1996 The next best 1996 horror movie is Tesis (1996) with a score of 7.3/10 stars. Eduardo Noriega, José Luis Cuerda, Walter Prieto, Emiliano Otegui, and Ana Torrent star in "Tesis (1996)". Tesis (1996) is directed by Alejandro Amenábar and has over 31,910 IMDB votes. You can find Tesis (1996) in Horror, Thriller, and Mystery movie genres.

These are the best horror films of 1996, and we hope you enjoy the 40 movies on our list of good 1996 horror movies sorted best to worst.

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