10 of the Best Travel Horror Films

A list of films that will definitely make you just want to stay home.

**Just wanted to say before this list begins that I did leave out a lot of road trip-esque horror flicks because we already have a list up about those and I did want to focus more on the out-of-country travel films.  

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Hostel (2005)

Ok, I may be a bit biased when it comes to Hostel and it’s sequel but I can’t help it, I am a huge Eli Roth fan. I love his style, direction and atmosphere he creates in his films. Hostel is a thrilling and interesting idea that I think was shaped to perfection. The movie follows a group of friends who are backpacking through Europe when they decide to checkout a ‘hidden’ hostel that really is too good to be true.

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Hostel: Part II (2007)

I actually enjoyed this sequel more than the first film, and I am not too sure why. Hostel: Part II is indeed much more gory than it’s predecessor, but there also plenty of other subtle differences that to me, make it more of a fun, and grueling watch. Set in the same backdrop as Hostel, the film follows a different group of friends– this time all women. And the end really does pack a punch and is almost funny in a grotesque kind of way.

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The Ruins (2008)

The Ruins follows a gang of friends who are on a vacation in Mexico that decide to venture off on a private excursion on their last day in the country. However, they soon come to learn that they should have just stayed at their resort as things take a horrific turn when they become stranded. I found this one to be a great and very unique watch (maybe The Happening should have took notes from this one) that really makes your skin crawl (no pun intended).

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Turistas (2006)

While I don’t think this film is the greatest, it still plays out on an interesting and controversial topic– the human organ black market. Turistas is a disturbing film that follows a group of friends whom are traveling in Brazil and become stranded in a remote resort.

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Wolf Creek (2005)

Wolf Creek is most definitely one of my favorites on this list, and by far the scariest. The film follows a small group of backpackers in rural Australia that end up having some car trouble and are offered help by what seems like an overly friendly local. Wolf Creek is a slow burner in the beginning that definitely pays off in the second half.

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The Canyon (2009)

The Canyon may be considered more of a thriller than horror but it’s still a great travel horror film nonetheless. The film is about a newlywed couple who embark on a private guided tour of the Grand Canyon. When the couple’s guide dies suddenly in the middle of their tour, they become stranded with no idea how to make it out. There are many intense scenes in the movie and the ending is a real jaw-dropper.

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I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998)

Yes, I know, this one’s definitely not the greatest but it is one of those films I do enjoy to watch. It’s almost like a ‘comfort’ horror flick to me, and is always a fun and thrilling watch. Taking place in the Bahamas, on a small island, a group of college friends are on a vacation won by Julie James’ roommate, from the first film in the series. However, unbeknownst to them, it’s the start of hurricane season and some one from Julie’s past shows up to take revenge.

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Magic Magic (2013)

By far a very slow burner with great psychological twists and turns to it, Magic Magic is a wonderfully, dark mindfuck of a film. Seriously, there is no other way to put it than that. You really have to pay attention when watching this one, as there are very small and subtle clues that are shown to help give you an idea of what exactly is going on. Magic Magic takes place in Chile, where a young women and her cousin are vacationing and things seem to take a turn for the worse almost immediately after arriving. The tension builds in this one and it’s so thick that you could practically cut it with a knife.

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Uninhabited (2010)

This movie has a great and chilling first half which is why I am including it on this list. The second half, the movie kind of falls apart and has a great amount of cheese to it. Uninhabited takes place in a very secluded private island where a newlywed couple spends their honeymoon. However, the couple soon learns the island is hidden with terrifying secrets.

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A Perfect Getaway (2009)

I really do love this film, while it’s not technically a horror flick, it does feature it all– twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the film. Plus, with a great cast and a beautiful setting you really can not go wrong. A Perfect Getaway follows two different couples, who find out murderers are loose on the island.

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  • Josh Millican
    28 December 2014 at 8:20 pm - Reply

    You missed a few crucial ones, in my opinion, namely: Afflicted, Borderland, and The Chernobyl Diaries. Great list, though. A Perfect Getaway also has a brilliant twist ending.

    • Melissa B.
      28 December 2014 at 8:50 pm - Reply

      Afflicted is a great one, I agree. Chernobyl Diaries I thought was pretty awful.. I could not sit through it. :/ Borderland I don’t think I’ve seen.

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