10 Best Teen Slasher Horror Movies, According To Ranker

The Teen Slasher subgenre is still popular, and Scream (2022) was a hit, proving that audiences love gritty, down-to-earth young adults who are also dealing with a killer or villain. Tara Carpenter, Mindy Meeks-Martin, Chad Meeks-Martin and Liv McKenzie are just as dynamic as Sidney Prescott, the latest OG girl.

High school life is already full of drama, which makes it a smart setting for some spooky elements. Horror fans have shared some of their favorite teenage slashers on Ranker, and many of these films are classics that prove these stories will endure.

To note: private soldier the lists are live and continue to accrue votes, so some rankings may have changed after this posting.


ten Urban Legend (1998)

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Natalie and Brenda scream in Urban Legend

The 1998 movie Urban legend finds Natalie Simon terrified of staying on her college campus as students begin to be murdered based on stories that have existed for years. Natalie can’t believe her eyes and trusts the wrong person because she thinks Brenda Bates is her best friend.

Without a doubt, the movie is corny, but it has relatable characters, a creepy yet familiar and heartwarming setting, and a good concept. Urban legend holds up today, but it’s not as popular as other teen slashers, such as Scream, which suggests why it’s not ranked higher.

9 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

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1974 Texas Chainsaw Massacre

With a 2022 movie released on Netflix, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a popular franchise and the first film is also a beloved teenage slasher. Horror fans always love to revisit this 1974 movie and see where Leatherface started.

Last Daughter Sally Hardesty is a young adult who, fans learn right away, cares deeply for her family, as she learns that people have been robbing graves in Texas. Since her grandfather passed away, she wants to make sure everything is okay. Unfortunately for Sally, she encounters Leatherface and the other villains. Sally is a very famous character and the film is a reminder of how tough someone can be in the face of the unimaginable.

8 The Faculty (1998)

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The Faculty 1998 Casey

A different take on a teenage slasher, Faculty tells the story of a seemingly ordinary and typical high school where something wild and intense is happening. Casey Connor realizes that the teachers at Herrington High School are incredibly strange and discovers that they have been taken over by aliens.

Faculty recognizes that high school can be messy, challenging, and emotional, and adds a sci-fi element that’s cool and fascinating to watch. Casey’s peers are also compelling characters.

seven Friday the 13th (1980)

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Camp Counselors Friday the 13th (1980) Ned

One of the best settings for a teen movie is camp, as the characters often have a dramatic time as counselors, making new friends, falling in love, and finding their independence. In the case of Friday 13, the young adults at Camp Crystal Lake are sorry they came here after realizing there was a killer around.

Jason Voorhees’ famous mask is just one memorable part of this movie, and it’ll be a classic forever thanks to its location, villainy, and overall tone.

6 Final Destination (2000)

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Alex panics and tries to leave the plane in Final Destination

First Final destination film, Alex Browning knows that flying to Paris with his class will be a very bad idea. Although Alex knows it’s risky to say the plane is going to crash, because people probably won’t believe him, he has such a horrifying sight that he knows he has to say something.

A creative and fresh take on a teenage slasher, Final destination tells a story where death is the villain. Alex was supposed to die on this trip and since he interfered with fate, he is now in trouble. The film tells a strong story about a smart, determined teenager who isn’t afraid to be or look different.

5 I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

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I know what you did last summer is a teenage slasher that many horror fans love to watch regularly thanks to the 90s vibe and memorable story. Julie James and her friends hit someone with their car and while Julie’s friends want them all to forget about her, Julie is having a horrible time moving on. The film focuses on the following summer when Julie returns home and she and her group of friends are hunted down by a killer.

The movie belongs to the category of guilty pleasure horror movies and that explains why it is ranked quite high. For some, this does not correspond to Screamand while it may not be as clever or interesting, the movie is still fun.

4 Scream 2 (1997)

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Cry 2: Mickey and Sidney

Cry 2 continues the hilarious and clever tone of the original film, and this time Sidney Prescott is in college. She is stunned to find that there is another Ghostface and her hope for a happy, more peaceful college experience is in jeopardy.

Cry 2 mixes the fun and thrills of a slasher with the emotions of adolescence, as Sidney is in her late teens and doing what she can to move on, grow up and learn who she is. While many prefer the first film, Cry 2 is still an excellent sequel as dramatic and exciting as Scream.

3 A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

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Nancy Thompson looks serious in A Nightmare On Elm Street

freddie may focus on the wicked and weird Freddy Krueger, and while the classic has incredible visual effects and kills that fans are still talking about, Nancy Thompson’s teenage life makes the movie special.

Nancy and her group of friends want to beat Freddy so badly at this game of nightmares, and it looks like Nancy will pull it off because she will put everything she has into this fight. If the movie was about older characters, it wouldn’t be quite the same. The fact that Nancy and her friends are still finding out who they are and are so vulnerable is what empowers Freddy.

2 Halloween (1978)

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Halloween 1978 young clown Michael Myers

Horror fans love it Halloween for her score, the way Laurie Strode defends herself, and the creep factor of Michael Myers, who walks slow and yet completely determined to kill. The movie is also a perfect teen slasher, as Laurie tries a nice Halloween night with her friends and she also wants to be a good babysitter.

Halloween never fails to be weird and awe-inspiring, and the well-crafted film shows just how smart, creative, and powerful a teen flick can be. He set the bar very high.

1 Scream (1996)

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Neve Campbell as Sidney Prescott and Skeet Ulrich as Billy Loomis in Scream

Scream will always be many people’s favorite horror movie, so its ranking makes sense. The combination of Last Girl Sidney, her discovery that her boyfriend Billy Loomis is the killer, the dismantling of the horror genre, and the funny jokes make for a great experience no matter how many times people watch it.

If Sidney wasn’t a high school kid in that first movie, the story would be different and less compelling and meaningful. Sidney comes of age and learns about herself as she battles Ghostface, which makes the story that much more compelling.

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