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Pretty Good Horror Movies That Take Place At The Beach

Updated September 13, 2019 629 votes 126 voters 3.4k views12 items

List RulesVote up the beach horror movies that might scare you out of the water.

Beach horror is great for all types. If you love the beach, you probably enjoy a bit of nautical whimsy with your gore. If you hate the beach, you most likely get a kick out of seeing everyone have a really terrible time at the beach.  

These beach horror films vary between sophisticated and campy, high-quality and cheap, and there's surely something for every horror fan. The definition of "beach" is loose: If it takes place in a body of water, on the sand, or during the summer in a beachfront community, it qualifies as beach horror. 

Unless you're feeling daring and masochistic, it may not be advisable to watch any of these films before your honeymoon, sailing trip, or family vacation.

  • Northern California appears to be a hotbed for beach bloodshed. 

    The Lost Boys tests the fortitude of brothers Michael (Jason Patric) and Sam (Corey Haim), as Michael is unknowingly turned into a vampire by his crush's boyfriend, David. The boys must find the head vampire to break the curse and return Michael and the other half-vampires to their human state without being fully turned themselves.

    • Actors: Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim, Jami Gertz, Dianne Wiest
    • Released: 1987
    • Directed by: Joel Schumacher
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  • Set in the fictional town of Antonio Bay in coastal Northern California, John Carpenter's The Fog tells the tale of a paranormal terror striking on the town's 100th anniversary. One century prior, the six founders of the town raided and sank a clipper ship, taking the gold on board and using it to build the town and its church. 

    On the day of the anniversary, Stevie Wayne (Adrienne Barbeau) receives a strange piece of driftwood with the name of the sunken ship on it, which haunts her radio station. A mysterious fog appears to claim six lives, one for each person who sunk and plundered the ship.

    • Actors: Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh, Tom Welling, Hal Holbrook, Adrienne Barbeau
    • Released: 1980
    • Directed by: John Carpenter
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  • On a remote beach in Hawaii, three couples with mysterious origins cross paths. Cliff (Steve Zahn) and Cydney (Milla Jovovich) encounter hitchhikers Cleo (Marley Eve Shelton) and Kale (Chris Hemsworth) during their travels, but distance themselves from the sketchy pair. 

    After meeting fellow hikers Nick (Timothy Olyphant) and Gina (Kiele Sanchez) on the trail, Cliff and Cydney learn of a string of slayings that took place on the island. As tensions and suspicions rise, it's only a matter of time before one couple's true nature is revealed.

    • Actors: Milla Jovovich, Chris Hemsworth, Timothy Olyphant, Marley Shelton, Kiele Sanchez
    • Released: 2009
    • Directed by: David Twohy
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  • This survival horror film starring Blake Lively does not take place on the beach so much as approximately 600 feet from it. But the ocean is only Nancy Adams's second-worst enemy - just behind the bloodthirsty great white shark that mercilessly pursues her.

    To take her mind off the recent loss of her mother, Nancy takes a trip to Baja California, Mexico, to go surfing. During her final surf of the day, she's knocked off her surfboard by a great white, who delivers a bite to her leg. The rest of the film takes place on a secluded rock off the coast, where Nancy plots how to get back to shore safely. She is alone for nearly the duration of the film, save for a red-billed gull she names "Steven Seagull."

    • Actors: Blake Lively
    • Released: 2016
    • Directed by: Jaume Collet-Serra
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