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Do Not Disturb: 10 Hotel Horror Movies That Will Keep You Up at Night

Checking into a hotel can be a real treat, especially if you’re craving those fluffy white towels and room service delights. But what if your chosen lodging spot had a few… unexpected guests? We’re not talking about the kind that overstay their welcome at the breakfast buffet. Dive into the world of hotel horror movies, where the concierge might just be a ghost and the do not disturb sign wards off more than just the cleaning crew.

From haunted honeymoon suites to motels with more than a few skeletons in their closets, the cinematic world has given us plenty of reasons to reconsider that weekend getaway. So, before you swipe that key card, let’s explore 10 hotel horror films that might just have you packing your bags in a hurry. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!



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10. Motel Hell (1980)

Checking into Motel Hell might just be the last thing you do. This darkly comedic horror flick introduces us to Farmer Vincent, an innkeeper with a penchant for smoked meats. But his secret ingredient? Well, let’s just say it’s not pork. This film serves up a platter of campy fun, making it a cult classic. If you’re in the mood for some laughs with your scares, this motel offers a unique flavor of horror.


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9. Identity (2003)

Rain-soaked roads, stranded strangers, and a secluded motel set the stage for Identity. As the guests start to die one by one, they must unravel the mystery of their connection. With its mind-bending plot and atmospheric tension, this film is a modern twist on the classic whodunit. For those who love a good mystery with their horror, Identity is a stay worth extending.


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8. Tower of Terror (1997)

Based on the iconic Disney theme park ride, Tower of Terror is a family-friendly foray into the world of hotel horror movies. When a journalist investigates the mysterious disappearance of five people at the Hollywood Tower Hotel in the 1930s, he uncovers more than he bargained for. With its blend of supernatural chills and adventure, this film is perfect for younger viewers or anyone in the mood for a lighter horror experience.

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7. The Beyond (1981)

When a woman inherits a hotel in Louisiana, she’s unaware it’s built over one of the seven gateways to hell. The Beyond is a surreal journey filled with zombies, supernatural entities, and eerie visuals. Directed by Lucio Fulci, this Italian horror classic is a must-watch for fans of atmospheric and gory horror. If you’re looking for a stay that’s out of this world, this hotel offers a one-way ticket.


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6. Hotel Transylvania (2012)

For a lighter take on hotel horror movies, check into Hotel Transylvania. This animated delight introduces us to Dracula’s lavish resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free from human interference. With its star-studded cast and heartwarming message, this film is a treat for all ages. Who said horror couldn’t be fun?


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