Best 90s Teen Horror Films

  1. Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1992)
Released in 1992, Buffy is the oldest movie on this list. This is most evident in the blend of 80s and 90s fashion trends, with a healthy dose of lycra, leg warmers, and tulle making an appearance throughout the film alongside flannel, cut off denim shorts and Dr Martens. Although the film was generally met with poor reviews, it inspired the successful television series of the same name that ran for 7 seasons from 1997-2001.

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, Kristy Swanson, 1992, TM & Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved.

2. The Faculty (1998)

Blending science-fiction, comedy, and horror, The Faculty caters to fans of all teen movie genres. The film follows a group of high school students as they navigate their way through a school overtaken by teachers infected with alien parasites. While I have always found this movie to be reminiscent of the Animorphs book series, The Faculty has been described as a mix of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Thing, Terminator, The Breakfast Club and The Stepford Wives!


3. Idle Hands (1998)

Although Idle Hands leans more on the comedy side of comedy-horror, it still earns a place in my top picks for 90s teen horror films. With cameos from The Offspring and Blink 182 member Tom Delonge, and a cast made up of 90s teen flick regulars including Seth Green, Jessica Alba, and Devon Sawa, there’s something for everyone in this cult classic.


Bonus trivia

 The Halloween dance scene is filmed in the same gym used in Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1992)



4. The Craft (1996)

For those with an inclination for supernatural horror, The Craft may be the 90s horror film for you. The films revolves around a group of high school bitches witches who recruit the new girl to be a part of their coven. The Craft features an all female main cast including Neve Cambell before Scream fame, (The Craft was released six months before the first Scream film), and Robin Tunney who was gaining prominence in the the industry following a lead role in cult classic Empire Records.


Best quote

Driver: You girls watch out for those weirdos

Nancy: We are the weirdos, mister.


5. I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)


Although I Know What You Did Last Summer never gained quite the same cult status as Scream, the two have been credited together as reviving the horror genre in the 1990s. Jennifer Love Hewitt, Freddie Prinze Jr, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ryan Phillipe all have starring roles, and though they were relative unknowns at the time, all four went on to have successful careers in Hollywood.


Bonus Trivia

Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr met on the set of I Know What You Did Last Summer in 1997. They began dating in 2000 and have remained together ever since, this year celebrating 17 years of marriage!




6. Scream (1996)

Of all the films on this list, Wes Craven’s Scream has had the most cultural impact. The film is often categorised as satire due to the uniqueness of characters who would frequently discuss other horror movies and their cliches throughout the film. Scream spawned three sequels and was heavily parodied in Scary Movie.


Best Improv

Stu: Ow, you fuckin’ hit me with the phone dick!

Matthew Lillard blurted this out when Skeet Ulrich accidentally threw the phone at him during one of the final scenes.


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