The Nearly Good B-Pictures of the 1990sby Akira_Chimera | created - 06 Nov 2014 | updated - 3 months ago | Public
Can there even be a thing like 'nearly good B-pictures'? At first I wasn't so sure either. But after years of watching B-movies, more often than not I stumbled across a B-picture which I wouldn't exactly consider to be a good (or even brillant) one. On the other hand it didn't reach the absolute bottoms of z-grade moviedom that connoisseurs of this kind of pictures are used to either. It was simply a movie which, in terms of B-pictures, was competently done, had all those ingredients we love so much in this kind of movies, yes, possibly it was even done bad for all the right reasons. But nevertheless, it didn't click with me, didn't offer that special something which makes B-pictures so enjoyable. What you can expect on this list are B-pictures which are not bad per se, they are more like near misses which can still offer plenty for the B-movie fan. Especially if you are a fan of a certain subgenre, actor or whatever. So have fun browsing through the nearly, but not quite, good B-pictures of the 1990s.
If you're up to it, don't hesitate to leave a comment.
PS: The movies are sorted by year and not necessarily by my preference. This list is by no means complete as I will add new worthwhile films as I stumble across them.
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3. Two Evil Eyes (1990)
R | 120 min | Horror
Two horror tales based on short stories by Edgar Allan Poe directed by two famous horror directors, George A. Romero and Dario Argento. A greedy wife kills her husband, but not completely. A sleazy reporter adopts a strange black cat.
Votes: 5,924 | Gross: $0.35M
5. Luther the Geek (1989)
Not Rated | 80 min | Comedy, Horror
A psychotic killer convicted of multiple murders is released on parole after spending twenty years in prison. His psychosis immediately takes over and he goes on a killing spree.
6. Spontaneous Combustion (1990)
R | 97 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A young man finds out that his parents had been used in an atomic-weapons experiment shortly before he was born, and that the results have had some unexpected effects on him.
7. Fear (1990)
R | 90 min | Mystery, Thriller
Psychic Cayce Bridges helps police solve murders by mentally linking with the murderer. Then she discovers a murderer with the same talent - who wants to share the fear of his victims with ... See full summary »
9. The First Power (1990)
R | 98 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller
A dedicated L.A. police detective and a female psychic must stop a demonic serial killer who was given the powers of resurrection, teleportation and possession.
Votes: 3,479 | Gross: $22.42M
10. Disturbed (1990)
R | 96 min | Horror, Thriller
10 years ago the perverse Dr. Russell couldn't resist the beauty of a young patient in his mental clinic and raped her one night. When she plunged herself from the roof shortly after, he ... See full summary »
11. Meridian (1990 Video)
R | 85 min | Horror
Two American girls in Italy are drugged and raped by an evil magician and his twin brother who suffer from a curse that turns them into beastmen each day. One of the girls falls for the good twin and decides to help him break the curse.
12. Shadowzone (1990)
R | 88 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
After someone is killed in the subterranean project called "Shadowzone," a NASA captain is called in to investigate. In the project, sleeping subjects are induced into a deep EDS state ... See full summary »
13. Moon 44 (1990)
R | 98 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
An unconventional corporate agent is given the task of shaping a group of violent criminals and technical wizards into a helicopter defense force assigned to protect a mining station on a remote moon.
14. Death Warrant (1990)
R | 89 min | Action, Crime, Mystery
In a violent and corrupt prison, decorated cop Louis Burke must infiltrate the jail to find answers to a number of inside murders. What he finds is a struggle of life and death tied in to his own past.
Votes: 16,583 | Gross: $16.85M
15. Gate 2: The Trespassers (1990)
R | 90 min | Fantasy, Horror, Comedy
Four teens summon forth a diminuitive, demonic minion from The Other Side to do their bidding and grant their wishes, but of course, they must all ultimately pay the price...
Votes: 1,843 | Gross: $2.03M
16. Meet the Applegates (1990)
R | 90 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Modelling themselves after an idyllic cookie-cutter suburban 1950s family, a colony of insects move from South America into the United States with the intent of getting access to the nation's nuclear resources.
Votes: 2,113 | Gross: $0.49M
17. Blood Games (1990)
R | 90 min | Action, Thriller
A team of softball players get lost in the woods after their bus breaks down. They get attacked, beaten, raped and murdered by some psychotic men. The women fight back with baseball bats ... See full summary »
18. China O'Brien (1990)
R | 86 min | Action
A police woman, expert and instructor in martial arts, leaves the city to stay with her dad, sheriff in a town with peace and quiet - or so she thinks. She gets plenty opportunities to show her martial arts skills.
19. China O'Brien II (1990 Video)
R | 92 min | Action
This time China O'Brien has trouble with a dealer who puts a prize on her head because she had spoiled an important drug deal of his. But all the world's criminals will not be enough to ... See full summary »
21. The Psychic (1991)
R | 92 min | Horror, Thriller
The college student Patrick Costello shares an apartment with his childhood friend Nick and has a crush on his professor Laurel Young. Patrick has premonitions through dreams and daydreams ... See full summary »
22. The Boneyard (1991)
R | 98 min | Fantasy, Horror
Children turned into zombies wreak havoc in a coroner's building with just a burned-out psychic, an experienced cop and two coroners to stop the madness.
23. Servants of Twilight (1991)
R | 95 min | Horror, Thriller
Based on the novel by Dean R. Koontz, this action packed thriller features Bruce Greenwood as a private detective hired to protect a little boy from a fanatical religious cult that believe ... See full summary »
25. The Borrower (1991)
R | 92 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Aliens punish one of their own by sending him to earth. The alien is very violent, and when the body he occupies is damaged, he is forced to find another.
26. Scanners II: The New Order (1991)
R | 104 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
A scanner discovers a plot by renegade elements in the city government to take power with the help of evil scanners.
29. Batoru gâru: Tokyo crisis wars (1991 Video)
Not Rated | 73 min | Action, Horror
When a meteor crashes into Tokyo Bay, a toxic cloud covers the city and a new, alien virus causes the dead to walk and feast on the living. To make matters worse, punk gangs terrorize the ... See full summary »
30. Trancers II (1991)
R | 85 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
6 years after a time cop returns home from battling future alien zombies, his settled life is turned upside down when a mad scientists creates more.
34. Severed Ties (1992)
R | 92 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
When a regeneration experiment on his severed arm grows a deadly reptilian creature instead of a limb, a mad scientist uses the serum on homeless crippled veterans to create an army and get his research back from his evil mother.
R | 104 min | Horror
A creature of demonic nature, too hideous to have a name, once again terrorizes the college kids that summoned it.
37. Amityville 1992: It's About Time (1992 Video)
R | 95 min | Horror
Jacob Sterling brings home a mysterious clock from the infamous Amityville house, not knowing that it's haunted by demonic spirits.
39. Freejack (1992)
R | 110 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi
Bounty hunters from the future transport a doomed race car driver to New York City in 2009, where his mind will be replaced with that of a dead billionaire.
Votes: 14,509 | Gross: $17.13M
40. Nemesis (1992)
R | 95 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Alex, a burned out LA cyborg cop, is forced by commissioner Farnsworth to find his former cyborg partner and lover Jared who's about to deliver sensitive data to cyborg terrorists who wish to wage war against humans. Is he being played?
Votes: 4,825 | Gross: $2.00M
41. GWAR: Phallus in Wonderland (1992 Video)
Not Rated | 55 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Revolting heavy metal band and The Scumdogs of the Universe, Gwar are about to be wiped off the face of the earth by Edna Granbo, an old hag who can not stand Gwar and wants them eliminated... See full summary »
42. Trancers III (1992 Video)
R | 75 min | Action, Sci-Fi
A time cop is sent back to the 23rd Century to finish his battle against zombie-like beings called Trancers, with the help of his wife and an ex-con.
43. Doctor Mordrid (1992)
R | 74 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror
An unspeakable evil has come into our dimension and wants to rule over Earth, and only a mysterious sorceror known as Doctor Mordrid can stop him.
45. Ghost in the Machine (1993)
R | 95 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Karl Hochman is a technician in a computer store. He is also known as the "Address Book Killer" due to his habit of stealing people's address books and proceeding to murder anyone listed in... See full summary »
Votes: 3,162 | Gross: $5.09M
46. Body Bags (1993 TV Movie)
R | 91 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi