Many people associate the horror genre with Halloween time, however, a major trope in the genre is in fact summertime scares. Let’s face it- the woods are scary, and filled with lots of bugs. If you are looking for an excuse to stay inside the rest of the summer, look no further, because these suggestions will keep you terrified of lakes, forests, and anything in between. Grab a buddy, crank up the AC and enjoy!
Netflix and Chill Streaming Guide:
- Tucker and Dale vs. Evil tells the story of two well-meaning hillbillies who just want to enjoy the vacation home of their dreams, without being labeled as murderers. For laughs and a unique perspective give this movie a try.
- The Creep is an independent film with only two actors appearing on screen and enough tension to make up for its lack of cast. When Aaron responds to a craigslist ad to film Josef at his family's summer home, the things Josef wants filmed get weirder and weirder. Great for film snobs, and thrill seekers alike.
- Zombeavers perpetuates and indulges in just about every stupid trope of the horror genre. Teenagers on the lake, a secluded cabin in the woods, and even a creepy woodsman. So what’s the catch? Zombie Beavers. An ode to B-List (maybe even C-List) horror movies everywhere.
- Hush is a horror movie for anyone who lives alone in the woods, or who’s lonely for the night. This tale follows a young deaf writer living alone in a secluded area, when an attacker comes to take her life, she is not going down without a fight.
- From Dusk til Dawn warns against going on a camping trip with your dad. Family vacations are already recipes for disaster. Who knows what could happen, a hijacked camper and a rendezvous with criminals at a seedy bar in Mexico, that takes a turn no one saw coming.
- The Taking of Deborah Logan finally gives you a proper excuse to be afraid of snakes, dark tunnels and small towns. Although not your average teen movie, an old lady with some major issues can make the outside world seem pretty scary.
When you are too afraid to stay home with your AC (and lights) on check out some of the horror movies being released in theaters this summer.
- The Conjuring 2 is currently in theaters. This film follows everyone’s favorite ghost hunters Lorraine and Ed Warren as they travel to North London to help a woman struggling with spirits. Thinking of going on a study abroad trip anytime soon? Maybe you should reconsider. London is full of ghosts. To vamp up for this thriller, try watching the first movie in preparation.
- The Purge: Election Year follows a senator who is running for president, the young woman is against the Purge and hopes to end it if elected. However the government opposes her grand ideas. In theaters July 1st, just in time for Independence Day!
- Lights Out will keep you too afraid to turn off your Netflix at the end of the night, keep any and all screens on for this thriller. Coming out July 22nd, this film follows a young woman tormented by something that appears only in the dark.
- Don’t Breathe your final summer thriller, will tie in a summer of scares nicely, available in theaters on August 26th. Following petty thieves who attempt to rob a blind man, who are in for a big surprise when he turns out to be vengeful and read to kill.