It’s that time of year when the novelty of winter has long worn off and the promise of spring is making everyone restless. School is close to wrapping up for the year, but not quite close enough. This combination of anxious energy and frustration all culminates into one glorious week: Spring Break.
For some this week means booze, beaches, parties and promiscuity. For others it means living vicariously from the safety of a living room couch and catching up on some movie viewing. If you happen to fall into that second category, here are 10 films that can give you that Spring Break feeling, without ever even leaving your house.
Piranha 3D (2010)
Director: Alexandre Aja
Stars: Elisabeth Shue, Adam Scott, Jerry O’Connell and Christopher Lloyd
This 2010 release is a rather loose remake of the 1978 Joe Dante film Piranha. Thousands of young Spring Breakers gather at Lake Victoria in Arizona ready to party and hook up with strangers. Little do they realize that a recent earthquake has unleashed a sea of ancient, hungry (and deadly) piranhas. It’s up to local law enforcement and a select few others to defend the town and save the hapless/drunken party goers. This movie is exactly what you think it is, and exactly what you want out of a movie titled Piranha 3D.
Evil Dead (1981)
Director: Sam Raimi
Stars: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss and Hal Delrich
Five college students head to the mountains for a relaxing week at a rustic cabin in the woods. Of course, they unwittingly release a whole host of demons and spirits creating problems for all. This horror classic is one that never really gets old and is considered a classic for a reason. A gory good time and probably the most influential Spring Break movie ever made.
There’s Nothing Out There (1991)
Director: Rolfe Kanefsky
Stars: Craig Peck, Wendy Bednarz and Bonnie Bowers
This horror comedy follows a group of seven teens that head to the tried and true cabin in the woods for Spring Break. When the teens slowly start disappearing, Mike, the group’s annoying horror nerd begins to recognize what’s happening. His almost encyclopedic knowledge of horror movie tropes can’t save them all however and what ensues is a meta horror film done 5 years before Wes Craven’s Scream. Low budget for sure, but this film still provides a fun watch for horror fans.
Nightmare Beach (1989)
Director: Umberto Lenzi
Stars: Nicolas De Toth, John Saxon, Sarah Buxton and Rawley Valverde
IMDB sums it up best:
Diablo is a biker gang leader executed for the murder of a young woman. A year after his death, it’s time for Spring Break. Football players Skip and Ronnie head to the beach, where Skip meets Gail, the sister of the woman who was murdered a year ago. All the fun and glory of Spring Break, however, is about to turn into a living nightmare when a mysterious person in a biker outfit begins to kill people by electrocution. Could it be that Diablo has returned from the dead?
How can this film not be amazing?
The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
Director: Drew Goddard
Stars: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth and Anna Hutchinson.
Although it’s not spelled out that it’s Spring Break, we’re gonna pretend that it is here. Five college friends head to the woods and what ensues is one of the best movie twists in recent memory. A truly unique take on the “cabin in the woods” horror movie, this film is still a blast and a great film to revisit.
The Ruins (2008)
Director: Carter Smith
Stars: Shawn Ashmore, Jena Malone and Jonathan Tucker
In this film a group of friends travel to Mexico and on the last day of their vacation, they leave the comfort of their beach resort and explore some ancient Mayan ruins. Here they uncover some sort of ancient evil amidst an archaeological dig and one by one fall victim to this mysterious evil. An interesting take on this tried and true horror movie trope, The Ruins provides a surprisingly fun and enjoyable watch.
Spring Break Massacre (2008)
Director: Michael Hoffman Jr.
Stars: Linnea Quigley, Reggie Bannister, and Sarah Minnich
Pretty much Slumber Party Massacre taking place over Spring Break with college girls. Except not quite as good. And more gratuitous nudity. However Linnea Quigley is in it so at least there’s that.
Cabin Fever (2002)
Director: Eli Roth
Stars: Jordan Ladd, Rider Strong and James DeBello
This was the directorial debut for Roth who was also one of the co-writers. Five college students head to the woods for their Spring Break and find themselves victims of an unknown and aggressive virus. An interesting take on the cabin and college co-eds story and a great glimpse at the beginning of Roth’s career.
Scarecrow Gone Wild (2004)
Director: Brian Katkin
Stars: Ken Shamrock, Matthew Linhardt, Samantha Aisling
This film is not a good film. But it has several things going for it. 1) Ken Shamrock, the UFC Hall of Famer is in it. 2) It’s about a scarecrow who terrorizes a beach resort town during Spring Break. 3) You are guaranteed to laugh at how bad the acting is. If you’re a fan of watching ridiculous bad movies, this is a great movie to watch with a group of likeminded folk. Oh, and there’s two sequels.
Shallow Grave (1987)
Director: Richard Styles
Stars Tony March, Lisa Stahl and Tom Law
Four young college girls are passing through Georgia on their way to, where else but, Florida. Along the way they witness a small town sheriff murder a woman and spend the rest of the movie trying to avoid a similar fate. A predictable and fairly unoriginal movie, and yet still totally a fun watch. This is a slasher flick, that’s also a thriller, that’s also a classic 80’s B-movie with plenty of excessive nudity. Go into it expecting nothing more than this and you won’t be disappointed.