When you reminisce about the '90s, you probably think of all the more saccharine vibes the decade gave off: chatting to your crush's parents when trying to reach them on their landline, boy and girlbands, that rave-tastic yellow smiley face. But actually, it was as depraved a decade as any period of time — don't believe me? Then, you need to see for yourself by lining up a "bleakend" (like the weekend, only full of existential horror) filled with the darkest '90s movies. Make sure you enlist a best friend, snuggle buddy, or your dog to watch these with you. Because honestly, you're going to feel like screaming into the void after you stream them.
This isn't exactly surprising, when you think about it. As the name of the cult Danish film movement suggests, it was the beginning of the Dogme 95, a film manifesto that led to some very bleak cinema. Several indie movies pushed boundaries by showing teenagers behaving not just badly, but violently and in sick, twisted ways. And there were some thrillers that you won't be able to watch and eat popcorn through.
So, a word of warning: Make sure you schedule dinner before, not afterwards. Because these are some of the most stomach-turning films out there. Nope, the '90s weren't cute. If you take these films as suggestive of the real vibe of the decade, the '90s were a time of serious nihilism.