Horror Films of the 1990s

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About the Book

This filmography covers more than 300 horror films released from 1990 through 1999. The horror genre’s trends and clichés are connected to social and cultural phenomena, such as Y2K fears and the Los Angeles riots. Popular films were about serial killers, aliens, conspiracies, and sinister “interlopers,” new monsters who shambled their way into havoc.
Each of the films is discussed at length with detailed credits and critical commentary. There are six appendices: 1990s clichés and conventions, 1990s hall of fame, memorable ad lines, movie references in Scream, 1990s horrors vs. The X-Files, and the decade’s ten best. Fully indexed, 224 photographs.

About the Author(s)

John Kenneth Muir is the author of more than 20 reference books covering science fiction and horror on film and television. He is creator of the Internet sci-fi series The House Between (www.thehousebetween.com) and his popular blog can be found at reflectionsonfilmandtelevision.blogspot.com.

Bibliographic Details

John Kenneth Muir
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 714
Bibliographic Info: 224 photos, appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019 [2011]
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7901-3
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8480-5
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      xii

Preface      1

PART I: IT DEPENDS ONWHAT THEMEANING OF THEWORD “IS” IS: AN INTRODUCTION      3

PART II: THE HORROR GENOME PROJECT: A DECADE OF ALIENS, CONSPIRACIES, INTERLOPERS, SERIAL KILLERS, SCIENCE RUN AMOK AND OTHER GRIM TRENDS      16

PART III: THE FILMS (BY YEAR OF RELEASE)      50

1990

The Ambulance      51

Arachnophobia      52

Baby Blood      55

Basket Case 2      56

Blood Games      58

Blood Salvage      60

Blue Steel      61

Brain Dead      64

Bride of Re-Animator      65

A Cat in the Brain      67

Child’s Play 2: Chucky’s Back      69

Dead Alive      71

Def by Temptation      73

Demonia      75

The Exorcist III      76

Fear      79

The First Power      81

Flatliners      82

Frankenstein Unbound      86

Ghost      88

Graveyard Shift      90

Gremlins 2: The New Batch      91

Grim Prairie Tales      94

The Guardian      96

Hardware      99

The Haunting of Morella      101

Jacob’s Ladder      102

Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3      106

Luther the Geek      108

Maniac Cop 2      109

Misery      111

Mr. Frost      113

Night of the Living Dead      115

Nightbreed      117

Pacific Heights      119

Predator 2      122

Prom Night 3: The Last Kiss      124

Shakma      125

Sorority House Massacre 2      127

Soultaker      128

Syngenor      130

Tales from the Darkside: The Movie      131

Tremors      134

Troll 2      136

1991

Alligator 2: The Mutation      38

Begotten      140

Blood Massacre      142

Body Parts      143

Campfire Tales      145

Cape Fear      147

Children of the Night      150

Child’s Play 3: Look Who’s Stalking      151

Critters 3      153

Dead Again      154

Eve of Destruction      155

Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare      158

Haunting Fear      161

Hiruko the Goblin      162

The Masque of the Red Death      163

976-Evil 2: The Astral Factor      165

The People Under the Stairs      166

Popcorn      170

Puppet Master 2 (His Unholy Creations)      172

Puppet Master 3: Toulon’s Revenge      173

The Reflecting Skin      175

Servants of Twilight      177

La Setta (a.k.a. The Devil’s Daughter, Demons 4)      178

The Silence of the Lambs      180

Sleeping with the Enemy      184

Subspecies      187

Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat      188

Terminator 2: Judgment Day      189

Two Evil Eyes      192

The Unborn      193

The Vanishing.      194

Warlock      196

Xtro 2: The Second Encounter      198

1992

Alien3      200

Amityville 1992: It’s About Time      205

Army of Darkness      207

Basic Instinct      210

Basket Case 3: Progeny      212

The Boneyard      213

Bram Stoker’s Dracula      214

Buffy the Vampire Slayer      219

Candyman      221

Dr. Giggles      224

Dolly Dearest      227

Dust Devil      228

The Gate II (The Trespassers)      230

Ghoulies 3: Ghoulies Go to College      230

The Hand That Rocks the Cradle      231

Hellraiser 3: Hell on Earth      233

Highway to Hell      235

Innocent Blood      238

Jennifer 8      239

The Lawnmower Man      241

Needful Things      243

Netherworld      245

Pet Semetary 2      246

Poison Ivy      248

Prom Night IV: Deliver Us from Evil      249

Raising Cain      250

The Resurrected      255

The Runestone      256

Single White Female      258

Sleepwalkers      260

Split Second      262

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me      264

Waxwork II: Lost in Time      267

1993

Amityville: A New Generation      269

Carnosaur      270

Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice      271

The Crush      273

The Dark Half.      274

Demon Possessed.      276

Fire in the Sky      278

Ghost in the Machine      280

Ghoulies IV      282

The Good Son      283

Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday      285

Jurassic Park      288

Kalifornia      291

Leprechaun      292

Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence      294

Man’s Best Friend      295

Night Terrors      297

Puppet Master 4: The Demon       298

Return of the Living Dead III      299

Skeeter      301

Subspecies 2: Bloodstone      303

The Temp      304

To Sleep with a Vampire      306

The Unnamable II: The Statement of Randolph Carter      307

The Vanishing      308

Warlock: The Armageddon.      311

Zombie Bloodbath      313

1994

Blink      315

Body Snatchers      316

Brainscan      319

Cronos      321

Dario Argento’s Trauma      322

Interview with the Vampire      323

Leprechaun 2      327

Lurking Fear      328

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein      329

Mother’s Boys      334

Natural Born Killers      335

Night of the Demons 2      338

Nightwatch (Nattevagten)      339

Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead      341

Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings      342

Puppet Master 5 (The Final Chapter)      343

The Puppet Masters      345

The River Wild      346

Subspecies 3: Bloodlust      348

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation      349

The Unborn 2      352

Wes Craven’s New Nightmare      353

Wolf      357

1995

The Addiction      361

Candyman 2: Farewell to the Flesh      364

Carnosaur 2      366

Castle Freak      368

Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest      369

Copycat      370

Embrace of the Vampire      372

The Fear      374

The Girl with the Hungry Eyes      375

Grim      376

Halloween VI: The Curse of Michael Myers      377

Hideaway      380

The Ice Cream Man      382

In the Mouth of Madness      383

Jack-O      387

Leprechaun 3      388

Lord of Illusions      390

The Mangler      392

Outbreak      394

The Prophecy      397

Relative Fear      399

Roadflower      400

Rumpelstiltskin      .      402

Se7en      403

Sleepstalker: The Sandman’s Last Rites      406

Sorceress      407

Species      408

Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight      410

Tales from the Hood      412

A Vampire in Brooklyn      415

Village of the Damned      417

Virtuosity      422

Wes Craven Presents Mind Ripper      424

Witchboard 3: The Possession      426

Xtro 3: Watch the Skies      427

1996

The Arrival      429

Bad Moon      430

Cemetery Man      431

Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering      433

The Craft      434

The Dentist      436

Diabolique      438

The Fan      440

Fear      442

The Frighteners      444

From Dusk Till Dawn      448

The Ghost and the Darkness      452

Haunted      454

Hellraiser IV: Bloodlines      455

The Island of Dr. Moreau.      458

Mary Reilly      461

Necronomicon: Book of the Dead      463

Night of the Demons 3      465

Pinocchio’s Revenge      466

The Sandman      468

Scream      469

Screamers      473

Thinner      475

Tremors: Aftershocks 2      476

1997

Alien Resurrection      478

Amityville Dollhouse      482

An American Werewolf in Paris      483

Anaconda      485

Breakdown      487

Campfire Tales      490

The Devil’s Advocate      491

Event Horizon      494

I Know What You Did Last Summer      498

Jack Frost      501

Kiss the Girls      502

Leprechaun 4: In Space.      504

Lost Highway      505

The Lost World: Jurassic Park 2      507

Mimic      509

Night Flier      512

Poison Ivy: The New Seduction      514

The Relic      515

Scream 2      516

Snow White: A Tale of Terror      519

Switchback      520

Tales from the Crypt: Bordello of Blood      522

Uncle Sam      523

The Ugly      525

The Vampire Journals      526

Wes Craven Presents Wishmaster      527

1998

Apt Pupil      529

Blade      532

Bride of Chucky      534

Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror      536

Curse of the Puppet Master      537

Death Mask      538

Deep Rising      539

Devil in the Flesh      542

Die Hard Dracula.      543

Disturbing Behavior      544

The Faculty      547

Fallen      549

Godzilla      551

Halloween H20      556

I Still Know What You Did Last Summer      559

John Carpenter’s Vampires.      561

The Last Broadcast      564

Nightwatch      566

Phantasm IV: Oblivion      568

Phantoms      570

The Prophecy 2      572

Psycho      573

Psycho Sisters      576

Ringu      577

The Second Arrival      578

The Shivers      579

Species 2      581

Sphere      582

Subspecies 4: Bloodstorm      585

Tales of the Mummy      586

Urban Legend      587

Wes Craven Presents Carnival of Souls      589

Wicked      591

The Wisdom of Crocodiles      592

The X-Files: Fight the Future      594

1999

The Astronaut’s Wife      597

Bats      599

The Blair Witch Project      601

The Bone Collector      606

Candyman 3: Day of the Dead      607

Children of the Corn 666: Isaac’s Return      608

The Coroner      609

Deep Blue Sea      610

End of Days      613

Eyes Wide Shut      615

The Fear: Halloween Night      619

From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money      621

The Haunting      622

The House on Haunted Hill      626

In Dreams      629

Knocking on Death’s Door      630

Lake Placid      630

The Ninth Gate.      633

The Rage: Carrie 2      635

Ravenous      638

Retro Puppet Master      639

Resurrection      640

Shikoku      641

The Sixth Sense.      643

Sleepy Hollow      646

The Stendahl Syndrome      649

Stigmata      651

Stir of Echoes      653

Teaching Mrs. Tingle      655

Virus      658

Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies      659

Witchouse      660

PART IV: CONCLUSION—A NEW CENTURY DAWNS      662

Appendix A: 1990s Horror Conventions      665

Appendix B: The 1990s Horror Hall of Fame      674

Appendix C: Memorable Ad Lines      677

Appendix D: Movie References in Scream (1996)      681

Appendix E: Horror Films of the 1990s vs. The X-Files      682

Appendix F : The Ten Best Horror Films of the 1990s      683


References      685

Bibliography      689

Index      691

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “Easy-to-use resource on horror films as well as pop culture of the decade”—Booklist
  • “Muir is probably the best-known, if not the best authority on contemporary horror films, and this latest edition in his ongoing series will be a welcome addition to the library of any fan of the genre…the body of each entry is devoted to Muir’s excellent commentary. Highly recommended”—Choice
  • “Muir’s writing is entertaining as well as informative, and will enable you to revisit each of your favorites with a somewhat different perspective than usual…a high-quality, hard-backed book…will give you hours and hours of enjoyment, as you revisit your memories of this decade, and revisit the films afterwards. Recommended”—The Thunder Child
  • “An invaluable research book that horror fans NEED on their shelves”—Dread Central
  • “An entertaining collection and definitely provides insight into a number of films that all but the most dedicated horror fan may have missed”—Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts