... And The Ugly Of The 1990s

by Akira_Chimera | created - 26 Mar 2011 | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public

Have you ever been in a situation when you read a flims title or summary or saw a movie poster, a trailer or just some screen shots of a movie (especially of B-films) and you thought: "Wow, this looks like heaps of fun!"? You rented that film and after one and a half hours (at the most) you got that nagging feeling that someone stole that exact amount of precious quality lifetime from you. Well, basically this list is about those films. No matter how reduced your expectations had already been, no matter how much you care for flicks of that genre in general - these films did not even meet those expectations, not by a far shot. Even as a fan of trash films you refuse to acknowledge the existence of this list's entries, simply because a good trash film, even considering its manifold shortcomings, is at least fun. So beware, the films on this list are everything - except fun. Needless to say, I had quite some fun in doing this list, although it brought back painful memories.

Feel free to comment on my choice of movies.

PS: This list is by no means complete as I will add new worthwhile films as I stumble across them.

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1. Abraxas, Guardian of the Universe (1990)

R | 90 min | Action, Sci-Fi

An alien "policeman" arrives on Earth to apprehend a renegade of his own race who impregnates a woman with a potentially destructive mutant embryo.

Director: Damian Lee | Stars: Jesse Ventura, Sven-Ole Thorsen, Damian Lee, Jerry Levitan

Votes: 1,571

2. Through the Fire (1990)

87 min | Horror

A young woman asks a policeman to help her find her missing sister. They find a medallion, sought after by some worshipers of demon Moloch, a beast that may be invoked and wreaks havoc, but can only be stopped with the amulet.

Director: Gary Marcum | Stars: Tamara Hext, Tom Campitelli, Randy Strickland, Billie Carroll

Votes: 76

3. Metamorphosis: The Alien Factor (1990)

R | 98 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A virus from outer space transforms a bio-researcher into a blood thirsty monster. But chief, Dr.Vialini doesn't like the cops and public to be involved in this secret experiment. But he ... See full summary »

Director: Glenn Takakjian | Stars: Matt Kulis, Patrick Barnes, Tara Leigh, Dianna Flaherty

Votes: 701

4. Solar Crisis (1990)

PG-13 | 112 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

A huge Solar flare is predicted to fry Earth. Astronauts must fly to the sun to drop a talking bomb (Freddy) at the right time so the flare will point somewhere else. Giant IXL Corp C.E.O. ... See full summary »

Director: Richard C. Sarafian | Stars: Tim Matheson, Charlton Heston, Peter Boyle, Annabel Schofield

Votes: 1,590

5. Fatal Sky (1990)

R | 92 min | Action, Sci-Fi

In Norway a military plane crashes under mysterious circumstances: in his last message the pilot reported many lights falling from the sky. The NATO wants to play down the incident, but the... See full summary »

Director: Frank Shields | Stars: Michael Nouri, Darlanne Fluegel, Maxwell Caulfield, Derren Nesbitt

Votes: 133

6. Troll 2 (1990)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

A family vacationing in a small town discovers the entire town is inhabited by goblins in disguise as humans, who plan to eat them.

Director: Claudio Fragasso | Stars: Michael Paul Stephenson, George Hardy, Margo Prey, Connie Young

Votes: 29,157

7. The Night Brings Charlie (1990 Video)

75 min | Horror

A horrifying descent into the twisted killing spree of a psychopath.

Director: Tom Logan | Stars: Chuck Whiting, Kerry Knight, Joe Fishback, Aimee Tenaglia

Votes: 332

8. Wheels of Terror (1990 TV Movie)

R | 85 min | Horror, Thriller

A small town is terrorized by an unknown stranger who kidnaps and abuses little girls. When her only child is kidnapped right in front of her, the schoolbus driver begins the desperate ... See full summary »

Director: Christopher Cain | Stars: Joanna Cassidy, Marcie Leeds, Gary Carlos Cervantes, Arlen Dean Snyder

Votes: 564

9. The Sleeping Car (1990)

R | 96 min | Horror, Comedy

Jason (David Naughton) moves into an abandoned train car where he resurrects the vicious ghost of his landlady's dead husband... The Mister. After some near-fatal encounters with the ... See full summary »

Director: Douglas Curtis | Stars: David Naughton, Judie Aronson, Kevin McCarthy, Jeff Conaway

Votes: 474

10. Pale Blood (1990)

R | 93 min | Horror

A vampire pretender who is murdering women runs into a real vampire who is out to stop him because he is casting too much of a spotlight on the vampire community.

Directors: V.V. Dachin Hsu, Michael W. Leighton | Stars: George Chakiris, Wings Hauser, Pamela Ludwig, Diana Frank

Votes: 305

11. Sorority Girls and the Creature from Hell (1990)

Unrated | 85 min | Horror

A group of sorority girls go up to a cabin in the woods accompanied by some boys. To their dismay, there is an escaped convict on the loose as well as the uncle of one of the girls. It's ... See full summary »

Director: John McBrearty | Stars: Len Lesser, Deborah Dutch, Eric Clark, Carl Johnson

Votes: 146

12. Beyond Darkness (1990)

Not Rated | 95 min | Horror

A minister and his wife move into a haunted house.

Director: Claudio Fragasso | Stars: Gene LeBrock, David Brandon, Barbara Bingham, Michael Paul Stephenson

Votes: 486

13. The Haunting of Morella (1990)

R | 82 min | Horror, Romance, Thriller

A witch is put to death in Colonial America, leaving her husband and infant daughter behind. Seventeen years later, the daughter has grown up and stands to inherit money set up by her ... See full summary »

Director: Jim Wynorski | Stars: Nicole Eggert, David McCallum, Christopher Halsted, Lana Clarkson

Votes: 629 | Gross: $1.55M

14. Metamorphosis (I) (1990)

R | 92 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Dr. Peter Houseman is a brilliant geneticist who is working on a serum which will stop human aging, but his colleagues don't believe in his work. When his university funding is threatened ... See full summary »

Director: George Eastman | Stars: Gene LeBrock, Catherine Baranov, Harry Cason, David Wicker

Votes: 691

15. Syngenor (1990)

R | 98 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A scientist engineers a group of genetically engineered creatures for use as "supersoldiers" to fight U.S. wars in the Middle East. However, things get ugly when the creatures malfunction and turn on their creators.

Director: George Elanjian Jr. | Stars: Starr Andreeff, Mitchell Laurance, David Gale, Charles Lucia

Votes: 568

16. Crystal Force (1990)

R | 82 min | Horror

At John's funeral, a seemingly kind old man stands near John's widow Hope. He is the master of The Crystal, possessor of its light and terror. Hope accepts The Crystal in good faith, ... See full summary »

Director: Laura Keats | Stars: Sharon Kane, Angst Argyle, Lisa Turco, Tony C. Burton

Votes: 78

17. The Willies (1990)

PG-13 | 92 min | Horror, Comedy

Two brothers camping with their cousin try to frighten each other by telling stories. There are two main narrations: one involves strange happenings at an elementary school; the other, a ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Peck | Stars: Sean Astin, Jason Horst, Joshua Miller, James Karen

Votes: 1,292

18. Blood Salvage (1990)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Horror

Twisted tale about a crazy, preaching redneck named Jake who kidnaps people off the highway and performs sick medical experiments on them. He then proceeds to sell their organs on the black... See full summary »

Director: Tucker Johnston | Stars: Danny Nelson, Lori Birdsong, Christian Hesler, Ralph Pruitt Vaughn

Votes: 376

19. Aftershock (1990)

R | 91 min | Action, Sci-Fi

An alien visits Earth during World War III, learns English by absorbing a dictionary, and meets good and bad earthlings.

Director: Frank Harris | Stars: James Lew, Michael Standing, Elizabeth Kaitan, Jay Roberts Jr.

Votes: 223

20. Shredder Orpheus (1990)

Not Rated | 88 min | Horror

Skateboarder named Orpheus and friends go to Hell to stop television signals that are brainwashing America.

Director: Robert McGinley | Stars: Robert McGinley, Megan Murphy, Steven Jesse Bernstein, Linda Severt

Votes: 105

21. Night of the Dribbler (1990)

87 min | Comedy, Horror

The Watergate Plumbers, a poorly-performing college basketball team, lose their best players one by one to death and dismemberment at the hands of a mysterious masked stalker.

Director: Jack Bravman | Stars: Fred Travalena, Gregory Calpakis, Flavia Carrozzi, Cynthia Mantel

Votes: 124

22. The Suckling (1990)

Not Rated | 89 min | Horror

A pregnant woman reluctantly goes to an illegal abortion clinic, which also doubles as a brothel, only to have her aborted mutated fetus attack everyone at the clinic.

Director: Francis Teri | Stars: Frank Rivera, Marie Michaels, Gerald Preger, Lisa Petruno

Votes: 718

23. Red Blooded American Girl (1990)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

A young woman is transformed into a vampire by a virus. The vampire doctor who's treating her hires a young scientist to find a cure. He and the girl fall for each other hard, but she, mad from hunger, escapes to wreak havoc on the city.

Director: David Blyth | Stars: Andrew Stevens, Heather Thomas, Christopher Plummer, Kim Coates

Votes: 354

24. A Nymphoid Barbarian in Dinosaur Hell (1990)

Not Rated | 82 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

In a post-Armageddon world, a young woman finds herself in a fight for survival against mutant cavemen, dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals.

Director: Brett Piper | Stars: Paul Guzzi, Linda Corwin, Alex Pirnie, Mark Deshaies

Votes: 1,395

25. Slumber Party Massacre III (1990)

R | 87 min | Comedy, Horror

Jackie Cassidy and her friends are stalked by a serial killer while having a slumber party.

Director: Sally Mattison | Stars: Keely Christian, Brittain Frye, Michael Harris, David Greenlee

Votes: 2,148 | Gross: $1.24M

26. Omega Cop (1990)

R | 87 min | Action, Sci-Fi

In the future, a cop goes after a gang of slave traders.

Director: Paul Kyriazi | Stars: Ronald L. Marchini, Adam West, Meg Thayer, Jennifer Jostyn

Votes: 385

27. Spirits (1990)

R | 88 min | Horror

A priest, trying to regain his standing in the church after "falling" and sleeping with a woman, teams with a group of ESP experts to investigate a haunted house. It doesn't help that one of the experts is a beautiful young woman.

Director: Fred Olen Ray | Stars: Erik Estrada, Robert Quarry, Brinke Stevens, Oliver Darrow

Votes: 284

28. Soultaker (1990)

R | 94 min | Fantasy, Horror

Four teenagers are killed in a car accident. Two of the teenagers refuse to go with "The Grim Reaper" and a race between life and death ensues!

Director: Michael Rissi | Stars: Joe Estevez, Vivian Schilling, Gregg Thomsen, Robert Z'Dar

Votes: 3,458 | Gross: $0.23M

29. Watchers II (1990)

R | 101 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A genetically re-engineered dog develops a psychic link with a monster created in a lab experiment which goes awry.

Director: Thierry Notz | Stars: Marc Singer, Tracy Scoggins, Jonathan Farwell, Irene Miracle

Votes: 868

30. Dream a Little Evil (1990 Video)

85 min | Horror

An unsuccessful electronics technician builds a machine in the shared home of he and his brother he later shows his friend who creates wishes from from their subconscious into reality. ... See full summary »

Director: Royce Mathew | Stars: Tom Alexander, Michelle Gaudreau, Ryan Mercer, Victoria Nesbitt

Votes: 42

31. Ultra Warrior (1990)

R | 81 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

After the nuclear holocaust, one man rises from the ashes to become the leader of a ragged gang of survivors. They soon discover that their greatest challenge is yet to come; they must ... See full summary »

Directors: Augusto Tamayo San Román, Kevin Tent | Stars: Dack Rambo, Clare Beresford, Meshach Taylor, Mark Bringelson

Votes: 681 | Gross: $0.41M

32. Circuitry Man (1990)

R | 93 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

In a future where most humans have moved underground to escape the pollution, one of the few pleasures left is a kind of narcotic in the form of chips which can be plugged directly into the... See full summary »

Director: Steven Lovy | Stars: Jim Metzler, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, Lu Leonard, Vernon Wells

Votes: 750

33. Dune Warriors (1991)

R | 80 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

After the end of the world, Earth is a thirsty planet ruled by vicious warlords. One woman is brave enough to fight back; she bands together five warriors to save her town and their ... See full summary »

Director: Cirio H. Santiago | Stars: David Carradine, Rick Hill, Luke Askew, Jillian McWhirter

Votes: 290

34. Crash and Burn (1990 Video)

R | 85 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Unicom is a powerful organization overseeing most of the world after its economic collapse. They have banned computers and robots in an attempt to insure "life, liberty, and the pursuit of ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Band | Stars: Paul Ganus, Megan Ward, Ralph Waite, Bill Moseley

Votes: 927

35. Initiation: Silent Night, Deadly Night 4 (1990 Video)

R | 90 min | Horror

A reporter investigating the bizarre death of a woman who leaped from a building in flames finds herself mixed up in a cult of witches who are making her part of their sacrificial ceremony during the Christmas season.

Director: Brian Yuzna | Stars: Clint Howard, Neith Hunter, Tommy Hinkley, Hugh Fink

Votes: 1,377

36. A Cat in the Brain (1990)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Horror

A horror film director is stalked by a mad psychiatrist/serial killer bent on killing people to model the killings after the director's gory death scenes from his movies.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Lucio Fulci, Brett Halsey, Ria De Simone, David L. Thompson

Votes: 2,741

37. Roger Corman's Frankenstein Unbound (1990)

R | 85 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

The ultimate weapon, which was meant to be safe for humankind, produces global side-effects, including time slides and disappearances. The scientist behind the project and his car are ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: John Hurt, Raul Julia, Nick Brimble, Bridget Fonda

Votes: 3,360 | Gross: $0.33M

38. Demon Wind (1990)

R | 96 min | Horror

With the need to investigate the mysterious death of his grandparents, Cory and his friends assemble back to the old farm where it all began, sixty years earlier.

Director: Charles Philip Moore | Stars: Eric Larson, Francine Lapensée, Rufus Norris, Jack Vogel

Votes: 1,780

39. Shakma (1990)

R | 100 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A wild animal attacks people trapped in a large tower.

Directors: Hugh Parks, Tom Logan | Stars: Christopher Atkins, Amanda Wyss, Ari Meyers, Roddy McDowall

Votes: 1,500

40. Whispers (1990)

R | 100 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A woman is stalked by a psychotic killer. She eventually kills him, only for the man to show up again, this time sane and without any knowledge of the attacks. The police don't believe her, but one detective agrees to look into it.

Director: Douglas Jackson | Stars: Victoria Tennant, Jean LeClerc, Chris Sarandon, Peter MacNeill

Votes: 453

41. Frankenhooker (1990)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Horror

A medical student sets out to recreate his decapitated fiancée by building her a new body made of Manhattan street prostitutes.

Director: Frank Henenlotter | Stars: James Lorinz, Joanne Ritchie, Patty Mullen, J.J. Clark

Votes: 8,055 | Gross: $0.21M

42. Bloodmoon (1990)

R | 100 min | Horror, Thriller

A serial killer is loose at an all girl school, where he strangles girls with a piece of barbed wire.

Director: Alec Mills | Stars: Leon Lissek, Christine Amor, Ian Williams, Helen Thomson

Votes: 408

43. Sorority House Massacre II (1990)

Unrated | 77 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

Five college women buy the old Hokstedter place for their new sorority house. They got it cheap because of the bloody incidents from five years before. They decide to stay in it for the ... See full summary »

Director: Jim Wynorski | Stars: Gail Thackray, Melissa Moore, Stacia Zhivago, Barbii

Votes: 1,772

44. Skinned Alive (1990)

Not Rated | 80 min | Comedy, Horror

This is the tale of a crazed family of weirdos led by Crawldaddy who like to kill people and remove their skin.

Director: Jon Killough | Stars: Mary Jackson, Scott Spiegel, Susan Rothacker, Floyd Ewing Jr.

Votes: 436

45. Flesh Gordon Meets the Cosmic Cheerleaders (1990)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

Space-faring hero and galactically-renowned stud Flesh Gordon is kidnapped by a group of space cheerleaders hoping to use him to save their planet. A being simply known as Evil Presence has... See full summary »

Director: Howard Ziehm | Stars: Vince Murdocco, Robyn Kelly, Tony Travis, William Dennis Hunt

Votes: 1,317