Summer Horror Films

Let me get this out of the way: I hate summer. I know it makes me more of a pariah than I already am, but: heat, humidity, sweat, my electricity bill, bugs, snakes, other crawly things…ulgh. Not a fan. In my attempt to make the best of everything, however, I picked up on at least one thing to help me see the silver lining of summer: summer horror films. From summer camp, to road trips, to boardwalks and beaches, join me in enjoying summer from the comfort of home with an air conditioner and a bottle of sparkling water (and some pillows to hide behind).


Rear Window (1954)

Add some nostalgia to your summer watchlist with this classic thriller, starring nosy neighbor behavior and Grace Kelly’s wardrobe.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

May your summer road trips end up better than this one.

Jaws (1975)

This movie may make you reconsider a swim in the ocean, but that seaside town is just so charming.

Friday the 13th (1980)

Summer camp, lake activities, cabins, decades-long revenge plots…what more is there to say?

Cujo (1983)

The only thing scarier than the massive, rabid doggo is the lack of air conditioning.

The Lost Boys (1987)

This movie (one of my favorites of all time) made me consider that maybe summer isn’t so bad. A vampire motorcycle gang is always a nice touch to a boardwalk carnival.

I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

Fourth of July festivities, urban legends, and mystery: something for everyone.

The Hills Have Eyes (2006)

This movie takes one of my worst fears (breaking down in a desert) and adds cannibalism to the mix, so…very effective.

It (2017)

Here’s some small-town summer vacation vibes for you if that’s more your thing (plus a demonic shapeshifter from outer space).

Us (2019)

This movie has it all for living out your summer fantasy: beach houses, boardwalk carnivals, boats, and killer doppelgängers.

Midsommar (2019)

Honestly, summer Hårga-style looks pretty fun! Until…well, you know.


Until next time,


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