Looking to beat the summer heat with some chilling thrills? We’ve got the perfect list of summer horror movies to make you think twice about that beach vacation. Whether it’s sun-kissed shores infested with great white sharks, summer camps with unwelcome guests, or desert escapes gone awry, our collection of 20 must-watch summer horror movies has you covered. Dive into a unique blend of terror and summertime nostalgia that promises to keep you at the edge of your seat.
Get ready to stay out of the water and in front of the screen, because this is the summer movie marathon you didn’t know you needed!
1. The Shallows (2016)
Ever thought about solo surfing? In The Shallows, Blake Lively portrays a young surfer stranded on a rock, with a relentless shark circling her. Combining breathtaking cinematography with nail-biting suspense, this gripping summer survival tale captures the thrill of the surf and the terror of what lurks beneath. A definite must-watch for those seeking that adrenaline rush this summer!
Nostalgia, bicycles, and a serial killer on the loose – sounds like the perfect summer, right? Summer of ’84 follows a group of friends in the midst of adolescence, taking on the role of amateur detectives to uncover a neighborhood mystery. The film masterfully blends elements of friendship, suspense, and a haunting ’80s backdrop. Grab your flashlight; this is a thrilling summer mystery that’ll keep you guessing all night long.
Ever been invited to a Swedish summer festival? Beware! Midsommar is not your average summer party. Ari Aster’s visually stunning film follows a couple attending a mysterious festival in Sweden, only to discover the horrifying rituals that await them. This film serves folk horror realness and proves that terror can happen even in broad daylight. Pack your bags; this summer trip is one you won’t forget!
Road trips and summer go together like peanut butter and jelly, but Tourist Trap adds a horror twist. This hidden gem follows a group of friends who stumble upon a creepy wax museum during their summer road trip. Filled with unsettling visuals and an eerie atmosphere, this film takes roadside attractions to a new level of terror. If you thought those kooky little pitstops were fun, think again.
Nothing says summer like a refreshing dip in the lake – until mutant piranhas attack! Piranha brings together campy horror, aquatic terror, and a dose of humor that’ll make you laugh and scream simultaneously. Directed by Joe Dante, this film offers an unforgettable wild summer ride. Don’t forget your inflatable floaties; you’ll need them for this one.