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Binge These 20 Summer Horror Movies and You’ll Never Go to the Beach Again

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16. Turistas (2006)

A summer backpacking trip in Brazil sounds amazing, right? Not in Turistas. This thriller takes the term “tourist trap” to a new level as young travelers find themselves ensnared in a nightmarish situation. A heart-pounding experience that combines exotic locales with intense scares, Turistas serves as both a travel adventure and a cautionary tale.

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17. Zombeavers (2014)

Zombeavers is exactly what it sounds like – zombie beavers. This horror-comedy is a perfect light summer fright for those looking for a quirky twist on the classic zombie genre. Packed with humor, creative effects, and unexpected thrills, you’ll never look at beavers (or summer) the same way again!

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18. Sleepaway Camp (1983)

Rise and shine, campers! Sleepaway Camp gives you a glimpse of camp life with a terrifying twist. This cult classic offers more than just scares, with a unique plot and a notorious twist ending that still shocks audiences today. Don’t miss this one; it’s a summer rite of passage.

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19. Friday the 13th (any of them)

No summer horror list is complete without a  Friday the 13th movie. The iconic Camp Crystal Lake and its hockey-masked villain, Jason Voorhees, have become staples of the horror genre. A blend of suspense, scares, and unforgettable imagery, this slasher classic franchise delivers an unforgettable summer night. Might we make a recommendation? Watch Part 6, and then Part 4, and then Part 3, and then Part 2

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20. The Ruins (2008)

Ancient ruins and summer vacations are a match made in horror heaven. The Ruins offers suspense and terror as friends uncover the dark secrets of an archaeological site. With its unsettling premise and nerve-wracking execution, this film adds an archaeological twist to the summer horror repertoire. Who knew history could be so terrifying?

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Hopefully, you’re closing out the summer season with one (or a few) of these killer classics. From classics like Jaws to quirky gems like Zombeavers, our list of 20 must-watch summer horror movies offers a blend of thrills, chills, and unforgettable memories. So grab some popcorn and sunscreen, and prepare to dive into the perfect summer movie night. Whether you’re lounging by the lake or cooped up inside with the AC on full blast, these films promise to bring the sizzle to your summer!

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