Adolescence can be hell, which goes a long way towards explaining why so many horror movies feature teens and young adults. Many of these films, in fact, can be seen as metaphors for transitioning into adulthood, the loss of innocence, and the existential terror of growing older. It makes sense that studios are often keen to tap into the teenage demographic, where these films find profound resonance.
But movies about teens aren’t always for kids. Our friends at WatchMojo recently released a video list of what they consider the 10 scariest teen horror movies ever made, and most are rated R. It makes the point that the terrors of adolescence make for enduring metaphors and can stir primal fears long after we say goodbye to our teenage years.
Give WatchMojo’s video a spin at the top of the article. If you can’t stream, or simply want to cut to the chase, their 10 scariest teen horror movies ever made are listed below.
Final Destination (2000)
Sleepaway Camp (1983)
The Craft (1996)
I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)
It Follows (2014)
Friday the 13th (1980)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
What do you think of WatchMojo’s picks for the scariest teen horror movies ever made? What are some other teen-centric shockers that deserve a shout-out? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!