10 Best Slasher Movies From The 90s That Aren’t “Scream”

The 1990s were a weird time for horror. High-energy staples of the genre, such as Friday 13 and freddie were starting to quiet down as each entry started to feel more outdated, with no new franchises coming to carry the torch.

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It wasn’t until 1996 Scream came as the genre became popular again, its self-awareness offering a refreshing take on the formula. While this is the standout horror flick of the 90s, there are still some quality slashers from the decade that gave us grunge that are still worth checking out. Here are ten of the best.

candy man (1992)

When a graduate student doing her thesis on urban myths and legends hears the story of the “Candyman”, she investigates his origins in Chicago’s public housing estates. Soon the legend proves to be very real as the Candyman haunts the woman and begins killing those around him.

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Based on Clive Barkerthe story of “The Forbidden”, candy man offers commentary on topics such as racism and social class between its murder scenes and haunting imagery. The film also made Tony Todd a horror icon, thanks to his unforgettable performance as the titular character.

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Body bags (1993)

A TV movie directed by horror legends John Charpentier and Tobe Hooper, Body bags is an anthology that tells three different horror stories. The first follows a serial killer at a gas station, the second a businessman infected with an alien parasite after a hair transplant, and the third a baseball player (Marc Hamil) who receives a replacement eye from a deceased murderer.

The comedy-horror also includes a wrap-around segment about three deranged morgue workers, played by Carpenter, Hooper and Tom Arnoldand features cameos from other famous horror directors Wes Craven and Sam Raimi.

Tales from the Crypt is available to stream on Shudder and AMC+.

child’s play 2 (1990)

child’s play 2 continues the story of young Andy Barclay (Alexander Vincent) while still being hunted by his possessed Good Guy doll serial killer. Two years after the first film, Andy is sent to live with a foster family after his mother is institutionalized.

It doesn’t take long for Chucky to find Andy, and the doll continues its murderous rampage to claim the child’s body for itself. child’s play 2 surpasses the original and stands as the best entry in the series, while the Toy Factory finale is the best setting in the franchise.

Halloween H20 (1998)

Surprisingly little water, Halloween H20 rather follows Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) after changing her name and leaving Haddonfield to escape the past that still haunts her. Now the director of a boarding school, Laurie takes care of her students, including her teenage son, John (Josh Hartnet).

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It doesn’t take long before Michael Myers finds Laurie and begins a rampage across campus in search of his escaped prey. Released two years later Screamthe influence of this film is strongly felt on H20, thanks to Scream Creator Kevin Williamsonwork on the script.

Halloween H20 is available to stream on Paramount+.

I know what you did last summer (1997)

The most notable slasher of the 90s after Scream, I know what you did last summer follows four teenagers who run over a man with their car after a night of partying. Dumping his body into the ocean to avoid jail time, the group is targeted by someone with sinister intentions a year later.

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Written by Scream scribe Kevin Williamson, Last summer is stylistically similar, though it lacks the meta-humor and self-awareness that made Scream a classic. Played more like a serious slasher movie, Last summer still delivers enough thrills and kills to satisfy slasher fans.

I know what you did last summer is available to stream on Netflix.

Urban legend (1998)

Another post-Scream slasher, Urban legend puts a twist on the formula by featuring a killer who sends his victims to the aid of infamous urban legends. This helps set the film apart from its peers as it features creative kills that go beyond just stabbing someone.

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At an American university, student Natalie (Alicia Witt) investigates the murders that plague his friends while trying to avoid becoming the next victim. Her cast of friends includes Jared Leto, Tara Reid, Joshua Jacksonand Michael Rosenbaumwhile Freddy Krueger himself, Robert Englundportrays one of their teachers.

Urban legend is available to stream on HBO Max.

Pop corn (1991)

When a group of college students decide to take over an abandoned theater and stage a horror movie marathon, they soon come face to face with a very real slasher movie villain. Since the killer is a master of disguise, they are able to impersonate their victims in the hunt for news.

Pop corn tackled the concept of a self-aware slasher five years before Scream. Its homages to the genre are aimed more at black-and-white horror films of the 50s and 60s, while the film itself resembles classic slashers from the 80s.

Pop corn is available to stream on Shudder and AMC+.

Manic Cop 2 (1990)

Manic Cop 2 follows the rampage of undead policeman Matthew Cordell (Robert Z’Dar). As Cordell drives through New York, killing anyone who gets in his way, it comes across a small group of police officers, including Robert David and Bruce Campbellto stop it.

Reveling in her B-grade charm, Manic Cop 2 offers everything one expects from a direct-to-video sequel. It’s schlocky, but in a way that horror fans can appreciate and is perfect for a late night showing on a beer and pizza night.

Manic Cop 2 is available to stream on Shudder, AMC+ and Tubi.

Bride of Chucky (1998)

The fourth film of the Child’s play series, and the first not to feature Andy Barclay, Bride of Chucky instead focuses on Chucky’s love life. After reuniting with her former lover, Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly), the couple hit the road with two captive teenagers, including a pre-Grey’s Anatomy Catherine Heigl.

Leaving aside the more serious tone of previous films, Bride of Chucky adds more humor into the mix. Reveling in the idea of ​​the ridiculousness of a serial killing child doll, the film doesn’t take itself seriously as Chucky and Tiffany carve out a new cast of victims.

Bride of Chucky is available to stream on SyFy.

Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994)

Scream director Wes Craventhe first attempt at meta slasher, New nightmare is the seventh part of the freddie franchise. Abandoning the continuity of the series, New nightmare instead takes place in the real world, where the Elm Street movies are just movies.

When the star of the original film, Heather Langenkamp, begins to have nightmares of Freddy Krueger, it becomes clear that the slasher villain is invading the real world. Made to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the series, New nightmare is a loving reflection of the franchise while setting a precedent that Craven would follow two years later with Scream.

Wes Craven’s New Nightmare is available to stream on HBO Max.

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