5 Horror Films for a Summer Movie Night [Featured Site Content]
Jul 12, 2018, 06:37am
These warm summer nights are the perfect time to set up a projector and host an outdoor movie screening. And if you're outdoors in the dark, you might as well go the full mile and make it a horror movie. Here are 5 of my favorite horror flicks that will give you chills, even in this heat wave:

1. Jaws

Jaws screenshot

What could be a more obvious choice for a summer horror film? In this classic from 1975, a great white shark terrorizes beach-goers off the coast of Amity Island. After several people are killed, the chief of police, a professional shark hunter, and an oceanographer team up to take down the giant sea creature. Bonus points if you've got a pool and can set up your projector to watch the movie from the water.

2. Night of the Living Dead

Night of the Living Dead Screenshot

While we're on the subject of classics, you can't miss this zombie flick written and directed by George A. Romero. The first in a popular franchise, this film centers on seven people trapped in a farmhouse in rural Pennsylvania while the dead begin to rise outside. As one of the earliest zombie films, Night of the Living Dead essentially defined the genre.

3. I Know What You Did Last Summer

I Know What You Did Last Summer screenshot

Fittingly, this summer slasher takes place amidst 4th of July celebrations. At the start of the film, four teens accidentally hit a pedestrian while driving to the beach after a night of partying. They dispose of the body and promise never to speak of it again. But the following year, they begin receiving threatening notes from someone who knows their secret. A vengeful man with a hook for a hand picks off the culprits one by one. As any good slasher should be, this film is the perfect blend of cheesy and terrifying.

4. Cabin in the Woods

Cabin in the Woods promo pic

This horror comedy written and produced by Joss Whedon manages to excel at both genres at once. Parodying the typical horror film, Cabin in the Woods begins with five college students who decide to spend the weekend in a deserted cabin in the woods. But a layered meta-narrative is revealed when it turns out that the events in the cabin are being manipulated by technicians in a secret underground facility. This film will have you going from laughing to screaming to being stuck in between, unsure of which reaction is appropriate.

5. The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water screenshot

There has been a slew of excellent horror movies released in the past few years, but this is one of my favorites. Guillermo del Toro draws on concepts from the early monster film The Creature form the Black Lagoon to create a refreshing and surprising romantic fantasy. Set in the 1960s, Sally Hawkins plays Elisa Esposito, a mute custodian who works in a high-security government laboratory. She falls in love with the humanoid amphibian creature being held and studied in the lab and embarks on a daring plan to rescue him. The Shape of Water takes the premise of a monster movie and turns it into a rather sweet and heartfelt (though arguably gross and unnerving) love story.

What horror movies would you want to watch for a summer movie night? Share your suggestions in the comments!

Written By: TheGothicLibrarian
Jul 12, 2018, 06:41am
Jul 12, 2018, 06:50am
I've seen all of these except the water onesmoke I really need to rewatch Jaws thoughnod
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Jul 12, 2018, 09:37am
I've seen all of these except The Shape Of Water, which I really need to watch love Guillermo Del Toro.
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Jul 12, 2018, 09:49am
I love the 2nd and 3rd films, might like the 4th one but haven't seen it yet. Never cared for the 1st. As much as I really like Del Toro, I may skip the 5th movie. It doesn't sound interesting to me.
Jul 12, 2018, 10:33am
I'm not a fan of Jaws or zombie movies. Cabin in The Woods is fun. I love The Shape of Water. Great movie by one of my favorite directors.
The last horror movie I watched was Super Dark Times. I would recommended it for those who like psychological thrillers.
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Jul 12, 2018, 05:08pm
The Shape Of Water I haven't seen the movie but going by the trailers it doesn't look like a horror film, but Creature Of The Black Lagoon as a love story.
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Jul 12, 2018, 05:50pm
I Still Have Never Forgotten What You Did Last Summer 13:So I Will Get You This Winter.
Jul 12, 2018, 08:11pm
What about Friday The 13th?
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Jul 12, 2018, 09:18pm
SHAPE of water is not a horror film, Which is ok, but the fact that del toro wasted so much time on making this movie in a genre I typically can’t stand makes me mad.

Yeah I take away nothing from these ‘love finds always finds a way’ films, waste of time, all my friends who like lame movies like this hated it because it was weird, but I thought it was well done even though one of my favorite directors could have been making another super cool horror or psychological horror/fantasy that I would have been more excited about.

I just don’t understand how this goes on somebodies summer movie list, it’s really colourized in an old gloomy sci-fi way, dark and cold. Lots of oppressive symbolism and mood (still, not scary, not a horror, not gory not psychological, yeah there’s a monster but come on, really?)

Where’s The Shallows? At least that had some kind of present danger, and if you put yourselves in the shoes of the main character, it’s pretty scary. I would have probably died on multiple occasions throughout that whole ordeal. It’s a Jaws targeted for the millennials/
Jul 13, 2018, 01:02am
I really wanted to love The Shape of Water and I just couldn't. Which sucks because I had so much faith in it that I bought DVD before watching it. Not say it isn't okay. It's definitely okay.
Jul 13, 2018, 08:22pm
I heard "A Quiet Place" is something of an underrated horror film. Released this past spring, but still close enough for a good summer viewing, perhaps.
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Aug 01, 2018, 07:23pm
"What are you waiting for!?"