Horror Movie Month: The 90s Revival

After the classics and the slashers, the third installment in our Halloween horror movie lists brings us to the 90s teen horror movie. After the excesses and increasingly ridiculous sequels that characterised the late 80s horror franchise market (all those Halloween/Elm Street/Friday the 13th crossovers…), the early 90s saw a shift towards the earlier psychological thriller style.

But in 1996, Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson’s surprise hit Scream gave a much-needed boost to a flagging genre and spawned an entire generation’s worth of imitators (including three of its own sequels). No teen sleepover in the 90s was complete without multiple horror movies involving a group of attractive highschoolers who get picked off one by one.

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Pet Sematary (1989)
Another Stephen King classic, this one riffs on the ‘Indian burial ground’ theme, with terrifying results

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It (1990)
YET ANOTHER Stephen King, exploring childhood phobias and facing up to your fears.

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The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Slow-burn psychological thriller, serial killer hunting serial killer: it doesn’t get better than this.

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Scream (1996)
A horror movie about horror movies and all the ways you should avoid dying in one. What’s your favourite scary movie?

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The Craft (1996)
Horror for the Buffy and Charmed fans, this one took intense female friendships to a dark place.

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I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)
A group of teens make a bad decision after a car accident, and it comes back to haunt them with a fishing hook.

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Halloween H20 (1998)
20 years after Michael Myers’ original killing spree, he’s back to terrorise his baby sister (and another group of terrified teens) once more…

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Final Destination (2000)
Death stalks a group of teens who followed their classmate off a plane after he had a premonition that it was going to crash.

The 90s trailed off into the same slew of terrible sequels and half-baked remakes that had caused such a lull at the end of the 80s, and apart from a couple of fun and clever riffs on the horror cliches like Tucker & Dale vs Evil (2010) and Cabin in the Woods (2012), the slasher genre hasn’t really seen a revival since.

Any movies from the 90s glory days that didn’t make it to this list? Who’s dressed up as Ghostface for a Halloween party at least once in their life?