The Nearly Good B-Pictures of the 1990s

by 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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1. Living Doll (1990)

95 min | Horror

Howard, a shy morgue worker, falls in love with a girl who ends up in the morgue, but he doesn't let that stop him.

Directors: George Dugdale, Peter Mackenzie Litten | Stars: Mark Jax, Katie Orgill, Gary Martin, Freddie Earlle

Votes: 244

2. Grim Prairie Tales (1990)

R | 86 min | Horror, Western

A cynical bounty hunter and a clerk traveling through the prairie rest by the campfire telling four stories of terror to each other.

Director: Wayne Coe | Stars: James Earl Jones, Brad Dourif, Will Hare, Marc McClure

Votes: 877

3. Two Evil Eyes (1990)

R | 120 min | Horror

61 Metascore

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.

Directors: Dario Argento, George A. Romero | Stars: Adrienne Barbeau, Harvey Keitel, Ramy Zada, Bingo O'Malley

Votes: 5,924 | Gross: $0.35M

4. Terrorgram (1990)

R | 88 min | Horror

Three horror stories linked by a sinister delivery boy. The stories are "Heroine Overdose", "Pandora" and "Veteran's Day".

Director: Stephen M. Kienzle | Stars: James Earl Jones, Steven Field, J.T. Wallace, Jerry Anderson

Votes: 123

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.

Director: Carlton J. Albright | Stars: Edward Terry, Joan Roth, Stacy Haiduk, Thomas Mills

Votes: 909

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.

Director: Tobe Hooper | Stars: Brad Dourif, Cynthia Bain, Jon Cypher, William Prince

Votes: 2,213

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 »

Director: Rockne S. O'Bannon | Stars: Ally Sheedy, Lauren Hutton, Michael O'Keefe, Stan Shaw

Votes: 960

8. Graveyard Shift (1990)

R | 89 min | Horror

28 Metascore

In a very old textile mill with a serious rat infestation, the workers discover a horrifying secret deep in the basement.

Director: Ralph S. Singleton | Stars: David Andrews, Kelly Wolf, Stephen Macht, Andrew Divoff

Votes: 9,423 | Gross: $11.58M

9. The First Power (1990)

R | 98 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

35 Metascore

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.

Director: Robert Resnikoff | Stars: Lou Diamond Phillips, Tracy Griffith, Jeff Kober, Mykelti Williamson

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 »

Director: Charles Winkler | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Geoffrey Lewis, Priscilla Pointer, Pamela Gidley

Votes: 562

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.

Director: Charles Band | Stars: Sherilyn Fenn, Malcolm Jamieson, Charlie Spradling, Hilary Mason

Votes: 1,301

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 »

Director: J.S. Cardone | Stars: Louise Fletcher, David Beecroft, James Hong, Frederick Flynn

Votes: 906

13. Moon 44 (1990)

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

39 Metascore

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.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Michael Paré, Lisa Eichhorn, Dean Devlin, Brian Thompson

Votes: 4,557

14. Death Warrant (1990)

R | 89 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

34 Metascore

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.

Director: Deran Sarafian | Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Robert Guillaume, Cynthia Gibb, George Dickerson

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...

Director: Tibor Takács | Stars: Louis Tripp, Simon Reynolds, James Villemaire, Pamela Adlon

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.

Director: Michael Lehmann | Stars: Ed Begley Jr., Stockard Channing, Dabney Coleman, Robert Jayne

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 »

Director: Tanya Rosenberg | Stars: Gregory Scott Cummins, Laura Albert, Shelley Abblett, Ken Carpenter

Votes: 537

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.

Director: Robert Clouse | Stars: Cynthia Rothrock, Richard Norton, Keith Cooke, Doug Wright

Votes: 1,048

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 »

Director: Robert Clouse | Stars: Cynthia Rothrock, Richard Norton, Keith Cooke, Frank Magner

Votes: 485

20. Child's Play 3 (1991)

R | 90 min | Horror, Thriller

27 Metascore

Chucky returns for revenge against Andy, the young boy who defeated him, and now a teenager living in a military academy.

Director: Jack Bender | Stars: Justin Whalin, Perrey Reeves, Jeremy Sylvers, Travis Fine

Votes: 34,597 | Gross: $14.96M

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 »

Director: George Mihalka | Stars: Zach Galligan, Catherine Mary Stewart, Michael Nouri, Albert Schultz

Votes: 322

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.

Director: James Cummins | Stars: Ed Nelson, Deborah Rose, Norman Fell, James Eustermann

Votes: 1,044

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 »

Director: Jeffrey Obrow | Stars: Bruce Greenwood, Jarrett Lennon, Belinda Bauer, Grace Zabriskie

Votes: 730

24. Popcorn (1991)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Horror

A murderer begins killing off teenagers at a horror movie marathon they have organized in an abandoned theater.

Directors: Mark Herrier, Alan Ormsby | Stars: Jill Schoelen, Tom Villard, Dee Wallace, Derek Rydall

Votes: 3,786 | Gross: $4.21M

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.

Director: John McNaughton | Stars: Rae Dawn Chong, Don Gordon, Tom Towles, Antonio Fargas

Votes: 1,462

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.

Director: Christian Duguay | Stars: David Hewlett, Deborah Raffin, Yvan Ponton, Isabelle Mejias

Votes: 2,651

27. Critters 3 (1991)

PG-13 | 86 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

The tiny fur ball aliens that will eat anything or anyone set their sights on a Los Angeles apartment tower.

Director: Kristine Peterson | Stars: John Calvin, Aimee Brooks, Christian Cousins, Joseph Cousins

Votes: 10,625

28. Into the Badlands (1991 TV Movie)

R | 89 min | Horror, Western

A bounty hunter searches the west for a wanted outlaw named Red Roundtree.

Director: Sam Pillsbury | Stars: Bruce Dern, Mariel Hemingway, Helen Hunt, Dylan McDermott

Votes: 299

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 »

Director: Kazuo 'Gaira' Komizu | Stars: Katsuhiro Fukuda, Toshiya Ito, Shinobu Kandori, Dynamite Kansai

Votes: 127

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.

Director: Charles Band | Stars: Tim Thomerson, Helen Hunt, Megan Ward, Biff Manard

Votes: 1,750

31. Dollman (1991 Video)

R | 82 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

A hard-boiled, intergalactic policeman lands on Earth where he is only 12 inches tall.

Director: Albert Pyun | Stars: Tim Thomerson, Jackie Earle Haley, Kamala Lopez, Humberto Ortiz

Votes: 2,537

32. Mom (1991)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Horror

An L.A. man is shocked to discover that his loving and caring elderly mother has become a vicious werewolf.

Director: Patrick Rand | Stars: Mark Thomas Miller, Jeanne Bates, Brion James, Mary Beth McDonough

Votes: 573

33. The Hitman (1991)

R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A Cop goes undercover as a Hitman to bring down a criminal organization.

Director: Aaron Norris | Stars: Chuck Norris, Michael Parks, Al Waxman, Alberta Watson

Votes: 3,397 | Gross: $4.65M

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.

Director: Damon Santostefano | Stars: Oliver Reed, Elke Sommer, Garrett Morris, Billy Morrissette

Votes: 597

35. Sleepwalkers (1992)

R | 91 min | Horror

38 Metascore

A mother-and-son team of strange supernatural creatures move to a small town to seek out a young virgin to feed on.

Director: Mick Garris | Stars: Brian Krause, Mädchen Amick, Alice Krige, Jim Haynie

Votes: 19,553 | Gross: $30.52M

36. The Unnamable II: The Statement of Randolph Carter (1992)

R | 104 min | Horror

A creature of demonic nature, too hideous to have a name, once again terrorizes the college kids that summoned it.

Director: Jean-Paul Ouellette | Stars: Mark Kinsey Stephenson, Charles Klausmeyer, Maria Ford, John Rhys-Davies

Votes: 885

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.

Director: Tony Randel | Stars: Stephen Macht, Shawn Weatherly, Megan Ward, Damon Martin

Votes: 2,234

38. The Vagrant (1992)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

A business man buys a house, but he has a hard time trying to get rid of its previous tenant, a dirty bum.

Director: Chris Walas | Stars: Bill Paxton, Michael Ironside, Marshall Bell, Mitzi Kapture

Votes: 1,264

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.

Director: Geoff Murphy | Stars: Emilio Estevez, Mick Jagger, Rene Russo, Anthony Hopkins

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?

Director: Albert Pyun | Stars: Olivier Gruner, Tim Thomerson, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Merle Kennedy

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 »

Directors: Judas Bullhorn, Distortion Wells | Stars: Gwar, Dave Brockie, Beefcake The Mighty, Balsac the Jaws of Death

Votes: 294

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.

Director: C. Courtney Joyner | Stars: Tim Thomerson, Melanie Smith, Andrew Robinson, Tony Pierce

Votes: 1,085

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.

Directors: Albert Band, Charles Band | Stars: Jeffrey Combs, Yvette Nipar, Jay Acovone, Keith Coulouris

Votes: 1,281

44. Bad Channels (1992 Video)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Horror, Music

An alien determined to capture human females takes over a radio station to do it.

Director: Ted Nicolaou | Stars: Robert Factor, Martha Quinn, Aaron Lustig, Michael Huddleston

Votes: 930

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 »

Director: Rachel Talalay | Stars: Karen Allen, Chris Mulkey, Ted Marcoux, Wil Horneff

Votes: 3,162 | Gross: $5.09M

46. Body Bags (1993 TV Movie)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

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