10 Horror Movies to Gear You Up for Summer Vacation
Can’t wait to dip your toes in the water, to bury your feet in the sand?
While you’re waiting for your vacation to start, I’ve compiled a list of 10 horror movies or horror movie franchises to get you in the holiday mood.
How is being scared comparable to rest and relaxation, you ask? Horror fans will understand. Horror, especially vicarious horror, is fun.
The movies are listed in no particular order. Comment below if I’ve omitted any of your favorites.
1. Friday the 13th (1980)
Teenage counselors are preparing to reopen Camp Crystal Lake. Someone stalks and eliminates them one by one. A franchise so popular Jason Voorhees practically is a household name.
2. Cabin Fever (2002)
College graduates fall victim to a flesh-eating virus after they rent a cabin in the woods. Over-the-top disgusting.
3. The Cabin in the Woods (2011)
College students are offered up as sacrificial lambs to backwoods zombies to appease a greater horror. This horror comedy is a cult favorite. I give it bonus points because it stars the delectable Chris Hemsworth. Edgy, with lots of thrills and clever dialogue.
4. The Ruins (2008)
While on vacation in
Mexico, a group of tourists visit an ancient Mayan ruin in the
jungle. They soon find out why the locals won’t let them leave.
5. Jaws (1975)
There’s nothing that says beach vacation like a stay at Amity Island. Until you see what’s in the water.
Be warned, however, that after you watch the
movie, you’ll be hearing its theme song in your head for days to
6. The Hills Have Eyes (1977)
A suburban family is driving through the Nevada desert on vacation when their car breaks down. They are attacked by a family of depraved cannibals.
7. A Perfect Getaway (2009)
A newly married couple is in Hawaii for their honeymoon. Unfortunately, serial killers may be on the loose.
8. From Dust Till Dawn (1996)
A family on vacation is taken hostage by a pair of bank robbers and made to drive their camper into Mexico. Even worse, they end up in a vampire lair. Who would have guessed Salma Hayek could transform into such a terrifying bloodsucker?
9. Fantasy Island (2020)
A group of people visit an island tropical resort where they hope to see their dreams come true. Instead, they find nightmares. I added this movie to the list largely because of fond memories of the TV series of the same name.
10. Burnt Offerings (1976)
Pro tip: Always read the fine print.