The Best Horror Movies About Deserted Islands

Looking for horror movies that take place on an island? Thankfully you've stumbled upon our list of the best island horror movies, including cult classics, modern thrillers, and even a great horror comedy movie. Not all of these films are necessarily horror movies about islands, but they all either take place on an island or have significant scenes involving being isolated on an island.

It turns out that most of the best deserted island horror movies came out a long time ago. Good choices include Hour of the Wolf, The Wicker Man, and And Then There Were None.

If you're in the mood for a laugh, check out Broken Lizard's Club Dread, a comedy horror film about a murderer loose on a wild party island. Who knows? You might even like it better than Super Troopers.

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  • The Wicker Man
    Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland
    • Released: 1973
    • Directed by: Robin Hardy
  • And Then There Were None
    Barry Fitzgerald, Walter Huston, Louis Hayward
    • Released: 1945
    • Directed by: René Clair
  • Club Dread
    Bill Paxton, Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan
    • Released: 2004
    • Directed by: Jay Chandrasekhar
  • The Island of Dr. Moreau
    Marlon Brando, Val Kilmer, David Thewlis
    • Released: 1996
    • Directed by: John Frankenheimer
  • The Most Dangerous Game
    Joel McCrea, Fay Wray, Leslie Banks
    • Released: 1932
    • Directed by: Irving Pichel, Ernest B. Schoedsack
  • Island of Lost Souls
    Charles Laughton, Bela Lugosi, Richard Arlen
    • Released: 1933
    • Directed by: Erle C. Kenton
  • Hour of the Wolf
    Liv Ullmann, Max von Sydow, Erland Josephson
    • Released: 1968
    • Directed by: Ingmar Bergman
  • Island of Terror
    Peter Cushing, Eddie Byrne, Edward Judd
    • Released: 1966
    • Directed by: Terence Fisher
  • The Island
    Michael Caine, David Warner, Angela Punch McGregor
    • Released: 1980
    • Directed by: Michael Ritchie
  • Zombie Holocaust
    Ian McCulloch, Donald O'Brien, Walter Patriarca
    • Released: 1980
    • Directed by: Marino Girolami
  • Anthropophagous
    Tisa Farrow, Serena Grandi, George Eastman
    • Released: 1980
    • Directed by: Joe D'Amato
  • Isle of the Dead
    Boris Karloff, Ellen Drew, Marc Cramer
    • Released: 1945
    • Directed by: Mark Robson
  • Sweetheart
    Kiersey Clemons, Emory Cohen, Hanna Mangan-Lawrence
    • Released: 2019
    • Directed by: J.D. Dillard
  • American Gothic
    Rod Steiger, Yvonne De Carlo, Michael J. Pollard
    • Released: 1988
    • Directed by: John Hough
  • Tower of Evil
    Bryant Haliday, Jill Haworth, Anna Palk
    • Released: 1972
    • Directed by: Jim O'Connolly
  • The Reef
    Zoe Naylor, Adrienne Pickering, Gyton Grantley
    • Released: 2010
    • Directed by: Andrew Traucki
  • Uninhabited
    Bobs Baines, Billy Milionis, Geraldine Hakewill
    • Released: 2010
    • Directed by: Bill Bennett
  • The Killer Shrews
    James Best, Ingrid Goude, Baruch Lumet
    • Released: 1959
    • Directed by: Ray Kellogg
  • Who Can Kill a Child?
    Lewis Fiander, Prunella Ransome, Antonio Iranzo
    • Released: 1976
    • Directed by: Narciso Ibáñez Serrador
  • The Resort
    Bianca Haase, Brock O'Hurn, Michael Vlamis
    • Released: 2021
    • Directed by: Taylor Chien
  • Prey
    Logan Miller, Kristine Froseth, Jolene Anderson
    • Released: 2019
    • Directed by: Franck Khalfoun
  • Hell of the Living Dead
    Margit Evelyn Newton, Josep Lluís Fonoll, Franco Garofalo
    • Released: 1980
    • Directed by: Claudio Fragasso, Bruno Mattei
  • Jaws: The Revenge
    Michael Caine, Mario Van Peebles, Melvin Van Peebles
    • Released: 1987
    • Directed by: Joseph Sargent
  • The Lost Continent
    Hildegard Knef, Nigel Stock, Victor Maddern
    • Released: 1968
    • Directed by: Michael Carreras, Leslie Norman
  • Five Dolls for an August Moon
    Edwige Fenech, William Berger, Howard Ross
    • Released: 1970
    • Directed by: Mario Bava