Late 90’s Teen Horror Films

The late 90’s saw a resurgence of teen films. Films such as Cruel Intentions, She’s All That, Can’t Hardly Wait, and Ten Things I Hate About You burst onto the scene in a wave of teen cinema not seen since the 1980’s when John Hughes was king. Like the horror films of the 90’s, the teen movies of the 90’s were not well received and were/are commonly ridiculed for their absurd plots and cliche high school personas. Personally, I love the 90’s teen movies. They remind me of high school and I can relate to the fads, clothing, and music quite a bit.

Before I start diving into individual films, I thought it’d be smart to start organizing the horror films of the 90’s into some categories. The horror films that came along in the late 90’s were often horror counterparts to the teen movie fad going on over in the comedy world. In the 90’s, Scream was by far the biggest influencer of horror pop culture and even the films that got made because it showed movie executives that teenagers and young adults wanted more movies about them written in a smarter meta fashion. And so Scream inspired a slew of slasher clones and other genre pieces that were written/influenced by Kevin Williamson (writer of Scream).

I’ve created the following list of movies that I feel fall into the late 90’s teen horror film subgenre. It’s by no means complete and to be honest, I don’t have a strict definition of what a teen horror film is. I tried to find films based around high school/college students that conveyed that general atmosphere that teen films do and went from there. This list also includes some films I discovered while researching that I had not heard of. I’m sure some of them are atrocious, but it gives me something to look forward to trying to track down and watch.

Campfire Tales (1997)
Cherry Falls (2000)
The Craft (1996)
The Curve (1998)
Disturbing Behavior (1998)
Do You Wanna Know a Secret (2001)
Dracula 2000 (2000)
The Faculty (1998)
Fear (1996)
Final Destination (2000)
Final Destination 2 (2003)
Final Stab (2001)
The Forsaken (2001)
Freddy vs. Jason (2003)
Ginger Snaps (2000)
The Glass House (2001)
Gossip (2000)
Halloween H20 (1998)
Halloween Resurrection (2002)
I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998)
I’ve Been Waiting For You (1998)
Idle Hands (1999)
Jeeper Creepers (2001)
Joy Ride (2001)
Little Witches (1996)
Lover’s Lane (1999)
The Rage – Carrie 2 (1999)
Ripper (2001)
Scream (1996)
Scream 2 (1997)
Scream 3 (2000)
The Skulls (2000)
Soul Survivors (2001)
Tangled (2001)
Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999)
The Curve (1998)
Urban Legend (1998)
Urban Legend – Final Cut (2000)
Valentine (2001)
Wicked (1998)
The Wisher (2002)
Wishcraft (2002)

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