Summer Horror Movie Watch List

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We tend to associate horror with the early twilight of fall and the foggy atmosphere that comes with it. The crunch of leaves portends a killer headed straight for us. The snap of a dead twig give us away as we attempt to flee his grasp.

But ask any kid who cut their teeth on hockey masks and chainsaws how scary summer camp is and you’ll realize that horror isn’t just for autumn. Here’s a list of summer horror films sure to keep you up at night — even if night doesn’t get on with it til close to 10. 

Cabin in the Woods

This is, absolutely, one of my favorite horror films ever. It gets a lot of flack for technically being considered a horror comedy, but it’s a brilliant exploration of a genre and all the tropes that come with it. Though the movie gets way bigger than the title suggests, it has all the hallmarks of a good summer horror romp including the vacationing kids and the weird guy who lives in the woods. 

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Playlist: Deadly Summer Camp

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Summer: carefree, bright, joyful and full of memories of teenagers trying to get away from maniacal machete wielding psychos at summer camp. Am I right?

Of course I’m right. Whether it’s Friday the 13th or Cabin in the Woods, there’s a movie out there that screams good old horrific fun in the summertime. To this day, I can’t go into a green, leafy state forest for a nice summer drive without picturing some dude peeping behind a tree while wearing a hockey mask. Surely I can’t be the only one, can I?

Maybe you’re headed out for a summer camping trip. Maybe, like me, you like the idea of the outdoors, but sleeping out there with all those bugs and potential serial killers doesn’t sound like a good thing, but you still want the ambiance. 

Here. Let me help. I’ve made a playlist to (hopefully) evoke the feel of a good, old-fashioned horror flick out in the mosquitoinfested, humidity-drenched woods. 

Keep in mind, this is filled with songs that I hoped would fit the trope, so some may feel like head-scratchers to you, but I assure you I was absolutely thinking of summer fun cut short by Jason Voorhees with each choice. 

So without further adieu, here are the songs. You can snag the Spotify list above or use the graphic to add the songs to your Apple Music, etc. Enjoy!

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