It’s no secret that some of the scariest movies in horror history take place during summertime. Since these heated flicks are so memorable, we decided to put together a binge-watch list to kick off summer! From shark attacks to bloody camping trips, this list will definitely have you rethinking your plans this season. Strap in and get ready for a terrifying time!
Friday the 13th (1980) (Rated R)
Available on Paramount+, fuboTV, and Prime Video
What’s summer without a little camping?
Despite having a long, bloody history, Camp Crystal Lake still has plenty of camp counselors. That is until they start getting picked off by a brutal killer. To put it simply, Friday the 13th is a must-watch once summer comes around. Want to learn more about this epic horror flick? Check out Friday the 13th: 8 Interesting Facts About the Legendary Horror Franchise.
I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) (Rated R)
Available on Netflix, Apple TV, and Prime Video
I mean, summer is literally in the name…
A year after a deadly hit-and-run incident, four friends reunite because one of them received a threatening letter. The letter states that the crime was seen, creating paranoia in the group. While pursuing the person that wrote the letter, friends start getting killed off by a man with a meat hook.
The Cabin in the Woods (2012) (Rated R)
Available on HBO Max, Apple TV, and Prime Video
There’s nothing like a night in a cabin to set the tone for summertime.
Five friends take a trip to a remote cabin to kick off their summer. What could go wrong? Soon enough, they fall victim one by one to a pack of zombies. But those aren’t the only monsters that the group runs into, and soon they realize that an outsider is manipulating all the madness. This movie is the perfect blend of horror, satire, mystery, and adventure!
Jaws (1975) (Rated PG)
Available on YouTube TV, Apple TV, and Prime Video
You might want to consider getting a pool after watching this horror classic…
After multiple gruesome shark attacks, a police chief wants to shut down the beaches of Amity Island. He’s overruled by the mayor, who fears the town will lose revenue. The chief decides to take matters into his own hands alongside a captain and a marine biologist. The team sets sail to take out the killer shark once and for all. But the mission proves to be difficult…and bloody.
The Lost Boys (1987) (Rated R)
Available on Apple TV and Prime Video
When the sun is out, everything’s fine. But when dusk comes around, blood pours.
Two teens move to California to live with their mother. On the outside, the town seems like a dream. The beach, the boardwalk, and everything else a teenager could dream of. But when the sun goes down, a gang of vampires rule the streets. When the older sibling finds himself entangled with the bloodsucking beasts, he has no choice but to join them…or fight them.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) (Rated R)
Available on Shudder, Tubi TV, Freevee, Pluto TV, Vudu, PLEX, and Prime Video
Who doesn’t love a good ol’ road trip?!
When Sally gets news that her grandpa’s grave may have been robbed, she decides to investigate (alongside her friends and brother). They soon find out that they have much bigger issues, as they’ve run into a group of crazed cannibals which includes Leatherface (who just so happens to love chainsaws). One of the most iconic horror films of all time, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is absolutely chilling.
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