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The Best Horror Movies Set in Hotels  

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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
The Shining is a 1980 British-American psychological horror film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick, co-written with novelist Diane Johnson, and starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, ...more
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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
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
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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Identity is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Hotels
Amanda Peet, John Cusack, Alfred Molina
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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Vacancy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Hotels
Kate Beckinsale, Luke Wilson, Ethan Embry
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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Hostel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Hotels
Eli Roth, Ashley Robbins, Jay Hernandez
Hostel is a 2005 American horror film written, produced, and directed by Eli Roth and starring Jay Hernandez. The film tells the story of two college students traveling across Europe, who find ...more
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Piercing is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Hotels
Christopher Abbott, Mia Wasikowska, Laia Costa
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 Witches is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Hotels
Rowan Atkinson, Anjelica Huston, Brenda Blethyn
The Witches is a 1990 comedy-fantasy film based on the book of the same name by Roald Dahl. It was directed by Nicolas Roeg and produced by Jim Henson Productions for Lorimar Film Entertainment ...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
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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The Shining is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Hotels
rudibuys30 added Rebecca De Mornay , Steven Weber , Courtland Meat
The Shining is a three-part television miniseries based on Stephen King's novel of the same name. Directed by Mick Garris from King's teleplay, the series was first aired in 1997.
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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
Hostel: Part II is a 2007 American horror film written and directed by Eli Roth, and the sequel to his 2005 horror film Hostel. Like its predecessor, the film is set in Slovakia and centers on a ...more
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I Still Know What You Did Last... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Hotels
Heather Goldilox added Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jack Black, Brandy Norwood
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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Puppet Master is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Hotels
Barbara Crampton, William Hickey, Irene Miracle
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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Hotel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Hotels
Franziska Weisz, Birgit Minichmayr, Christopher Schärf
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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Motel Hell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Hotels
Rory Calhoun, Wolfman Jack, Paul Linke
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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The City of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Hotels
Christopher Lee, Nickolas Grace, Venetia Stevenson
A creepy classic! A young college student Nan Barlow visits the village of Whitewood, Massachusetts to do some research into New England witchcraft. Her tutor, Professor Alan Driscoll ...more
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Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Hotels
Ondrej Pavelka, Klára Jirsáková, Raoul Schránil |
Horror Story is a 1993 horror adventure film directed by Jaroslav Brabec.
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New Year's Evil is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Hotels
Heather Goldilox added Roz Kelly, Kip Niven, Chris Wallace
New Year's Evil is a 1980 American horror film written and directed by Emmett Alston, co-written by Leonard Neubauer, and starring Kip Niven, Roz Kelly, and Chris Wallace. The plot follows a Los ...more
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Hostel 3 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Hotels
Thomas Kretschmann, Kevin Ian Pardue, Morgane Slemp
Hostel: Part III is a 2011 American horror film and the sequel to Hostel: Part II. It is directed by Scott Spiegel. It was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc and Video on demand on December 27,
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The Beyond is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Hotels
David Warbeck, Veronica Lazăr, Catriona MacColl
The Beyond is a 1981 Italian horror film directed by Lucio Fulci. The second film in Fulci's unofficial Gates of Hell trilogy, The Beyond has gained a cult following over the decades, in part ...more
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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
The Unseen is an American 1980 horror film 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
Cold Prey is a 2006 Norwegian slasher film, directed by Roar Uthaug. It premiered in Norway on October 13, 2006 and received mostly positive reviews and was hailed as one of the best modern ...more
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Vacancy 2: The First Cut is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Hotels
Agnes Bruckner, Gwendoline Yeo, Beau Billingslea
Vacancy 2: The First Cut is a 2008 American direct-to-video slasher directed by Eric Bross, starring Agnes Bruckner, Trevor Wright, David Moscow, and Gwendoline Yeo. It is the prequel to 2007's ...more
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Eaten Alive is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Hotels
Kyle Richards, Robert Englund, Carolyn Jones
Eaten Alive is an American horror film, directed by Tobe Hooper and released in May 1977. It was written by Kim Henkel, Alvin L. Fast and Mardi Rustam and produced by Fast, Larry Huly, Robert ...more
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Ghostkeeper is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Hotels
Les Kimber, Georgie Collins, Murray Ord
Ghostkeeper is a 1981 independent Canadian horror film directed by Jim Makichuk. The story centers on a trio of snowmobilers in the Canadian Rockies who become stranded at an abandoned hotel ...more