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The Best Horror Movies Set in Hotels 

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Updated November 7, 2019 3k votes 701 voters 65.2k views 28 items

It's no secret that two of the most iconic horror movies of all time take place in hotels, but beyond Psycho and The Shining, what are some good scary movies that take place in hotels or motels? This list ranks the scariest hotel horror movies, with the help of your votes. The top spots are almost exclusively reserved for the aforementioned films, but there are plenty of other scary movies set in hotels for you to vote on below.

Although it didn't receive the highest accolades from critics, Identity is actually an entertaining motel horror film with a great twist at the end. Other examples of horror movies with hotels include 1408, Motel Hell, The Innkeepers, and Eli Roth's Hostel.

Did we somehow miss the scariest hotel horror movie on the list? Add as many films to this poll as you want, as long as they are scary movies about motels, hotels, or hostels.

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The Shining is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Hotels
Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

Released: 1980

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

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Psycho is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Hotels
Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

Released: 1960

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

Psycho is a 1960 American horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The film centers on an encounter between a secretary, Marion Crane, who ends up at a secluded motel after taking money from ...more

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1408 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Hotels
Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack, Kate Walsh

Released: 2007

Directed by: Mikael Håfström

1408 is a 2007 American psychological horror film based on the Stephen King 1999 short story of the same name directed by Swedish director Mikael Håfström. The movie stars John ...more

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Vacancy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Hotels
Kate Beckinsale, Luke Wilson, Ethan Embry

Released: 2007

Directed by: Nimród Antal

Vacancy is a 2007 American horror film directed by Nimród Antal and starring Kate Beckinsale and Luke Wilson. It was distributed by Screen Gems and was released on April 20, 2007. Early ...more

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Identity is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Hotels
Amanda Peet, John Cusack, Alfred Molina

Released: 2003

Directed by: James Mangold

Identity is a 2003 American psychological thriller film directed by James Mangold from a screenplay written by Michael Cooney. The film stars John Cusack, Ray Liotta, Amanda Peet, Alfred Molina, ...more

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Hostel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Hotels
Eli Roth, Ashley Robbins, Jay Hernandez

Released: 2005

Directed by: Eli Roth

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The Witches is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Hotels
Rowan Atkinson, Anjelica Huston, Brenda Blethyn

Released: 1990

Directed by: Nicolas Roeg

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Piercing is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Hotels
Christopher Abbott, Mia Wasikowska, Laia Costa

Released: 2019

Directed by: Nicholas Pesce

Piercing is a 2018 American horror comedy film directed by Nicolas Pesce, based on the novel by Ryū Murakami. A man (Christopher Abbott) kisses his wife and baby goodbye and seemingly heads away ...more
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The Innkeepers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Hotels
Lena Dunham, Sara Paxton, Kelly McGillis

Released: 2011

Directed by: Ti West

The Innkeepers is a 2011 horror film written, directed and edited by Ti West, starring Sara Paxton, Pat Healy and Kelly McGillis.

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Puppet Master is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Hotels
Barbara Crampton, William Hickey, Irene Miracle

Released: 1989

Directed by: David Schmoeller

Puppet Master is a 1989 American horror film written by Charles Band and Kenneth J. Hall, and directed by David Schmoeller. It is the first film in the Puppet Master franchise and stars Paul Le ...more

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Hostel: Part II is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Hotels
Bijou Phillips, Lauren German, Heather Matarazzo

Released: 2007

Directed by: Eli Roth

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The Shining is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Hotels
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Released: 1997

Directed by: Stephen King

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Motel Hell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Hotels
Rory Calhoun, Wolfman Jack, Paul Linke

Released: 1980

Directed by: Kevin Connor

Motel Hell is a 1980 horror comedy film directed by Kevin Connor and starring Rory Calhoun as farmer, butcher, motel manager, and meat entrepreneur Vincent Smith. Because of its low budget ...more

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I Still Know What You Di... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Hotels
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Released: 1998

Directed by: Danny Cannon

I Still Know What You Did Last Summer is a 1998 slasher film and a sequel to the 1997 film I Know What You Did Last Summer. Directed by Danny Cannon, the film was written by Trey Callaway, and ...more

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Doctor Sleep is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Hotels
Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson, Kyliegh Curran

Released: 2019

Directed by: Mike Flanagan

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Hotel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Hotels
Franziska Weisz, Birgit Minichmayr, Christopher Schärf

Released: 2004

Directed by: Jessica Hausner

Hotel is a 2004 Austrian drama film directed by Jessica Hausner. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.
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The City of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Hotels
Christopher Lee, Nickolas Grace, Venetia Stevenson

Released: 1960

Directed by: John Llewellyn Moxey

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The Beyond is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Hotels
David Warbeck, Veronica Lazăr, Catriona MacColl

Released: 1981

Directed by: Lucio Fulci

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New Year's Evil is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Hotels
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Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Hotels
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Released: 1993

Directed by: Jaroslav Brabec

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The Unseen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Hotels
Barbara Bach, Sydney Lassick, Douglas Barr

Released: 1980

Directed by: Danny Steinmann

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Cold Prey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Hotels
Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Viktoria Winge, Rolf Kristian Larsen

Released: 2006

Directed by: Roar Uthaug

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Hostel 3 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Hotels
Thomas Kretschmann, Kevin Ian Pardue, Morgane Slemp

Released: 2011

Directed by: Scott Spiegel

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Vacancy 2: The First Cut... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Hotels
Agnes Bruckner, Gwendoline Yeo, Beau Billingslea

Released: 2008

Directed by: Eric Bross

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Eaten Alive is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Hotels
Kyle Richards, Robert Englund, Carolyn Jones

Released: 1976

Directed by: Tobe Hooper

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