It's no longer summer but let us reminisce...
Ah, summer. Longer days, warm weather, vacations, outdoor activities, and oodles of summertime scares via summer-themed horror films. After all, what better season is there for causing bloody mayhem than the one with the largest number of people letting their guard down while seeking much needed rest and relaxation? From road trips to rental cabins to beach vacations, our top 5 summer horror films you simply MUST watch right now has it all.
The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
Evil Dead (1981)
Friday the 13th (1980)
Stepping away from the common elements for a moment, we have something entirely different in Jaws, in which a man-eating great white shark terrorizes the ocean and shoreline of fictional Amity Island in New England. There are several deaths by shark before the police chief teams up with a local fisherman and not-local shark expert to take down the monster. At the time of its release, Jaws became the highest grossing film of all time, a record broken only by the arrival of Star Wars a few years later, and won several awards for both its iconic soundtrack and editing.
Sleepaway Camp (1983)
And back to camp we go. This was made at the height of the slasher film craze of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, and it delivers the goods (and the body count) by taking out both campers and counselors alike. Cousins Angela and Ricky are sent to summer camp, where shy Angela is taunted and bullied from all sides. Unfortunately for her adversaries, all who even look at her wrong end up grievously injured or dead. On the surface, this film wouldn’t seem to have anything unique to add to the genre, but then you get to the seriously twisted ending, you’ll understand why this film is much deserving of its place on our list.
Given the enduring nature of any or all of these films, many are still available to be viewed online and regularly played on cable, from the comfort of your own bed or couch and within reach of whatever blanket or pillow you can quickly grab, clutch, or hide under. Look up one or all of the films on this list as soon as humanly possible and remind yourself that you’ve survived another summer with your taste for horror intact.
What's your Top 5 Summer Horror Films?