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The Best Horror Movies About Deserted Islands 

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Updated October 24, 2019 870 votes 146 voters 8.7k views 43 items

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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Deserted Islands
Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland, Edward Woodward

Released: 1973

Directed by: Robin Hardy

The Wicker Man is a 1973 British mystery horror film directed by Robin Hardy and written by Anthony Shaffer. The film stars Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Diane Cilento, Ingrid Pitt, and ...more

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And Then There Were None... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Deserted Islands
Walter Huston, Judith Anderson, Barry Fitzgerald

Released: 1945

Directed by: René Clair

And Then There Were None is a 1945 film adaptation of Agatha Christie's best-selling mystery novel of the same name and is directed by René Clair. In the UK it had the title "Ten ...more
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The Most Dangerous Game ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Deserted Islands
Fay Wray, Joel McCrea, Buster Crabbe

Released: 1932

Directed by: Irving Pichel, Ernest B. Schoedsack

The Most Dangerous Game is a 1932 Pre-Code adaptation of the 1924 short story of the same name by Richard Connell, the first film version of that story. The plot concerns a big game hunter on an ...more
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The Island of Dr. Moreau... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Deserted Islands
Marlon Brando, Val Kilmer, Ron Perlman

Released: 1996

Directed by: John Frankenheimer, Richard Stanley

The Island of Dr. Moreau is a 1996 American science fiction horror film, the third major film adaptation of H. G. Wells' novel The Island of Doctor Moreau, about a scientist who attempts to ...more

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Island of Lost Souls is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Deserted Islands
Bela Lugosi, Charles Laughton, Randolph Scott

Released: 1932

Directed by: Erle C. Kenton

Island of Lost Souls is a 1932 American science fiction horror film starring Charles Laughton, Richard Arlen, Leila Hyams, Bela Lugosi and Kathleen Burke as the Panther Woman. The film was ...more

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The Island is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Deserted Islands
Michael Caine, David Warner, Don Henderson

Released: 1980

Directed by: Michael Ritchie

The Island is a 1980 American thriller film, directed by Michael Ritchie and starring Michael Caine and David Warner. The film was based on a novel of the same name by Peter Benchley who also ...more

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Isle of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Deserted Islands
Boris Karloff, Alan Napier, Anna Lee

Released: 1945

Directed by: Mark Robson

Isle of the Dead is a horror film made for RKO Radio Pictures by producer Val Lewton. The movie had a script inspired by the painting Isle of the Dead by Arnold Böcklin, which appears ...more
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Club Dread is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Deserted Islands
Club Dread Bill Paxton, Brittany Daniel, Lindsay Price

Released: 2004

Directed by: Jay Chandrasekhar

Club Dread is a 2004 comedy horror film written by the comedy group Broken Lizard, who also created Super Troopers. It is directed by Jay Chandrasekhar, one of the group members. Though the ...more

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Island of Terror is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Deserted Islands
Peter Cushing, Eddie Byrne, Edward Judd

Released: 1966

Directed by: Terence Fisher

Island of Terror is a 1966 British horror film released by Planet Film Productions. The film was released in the US by Universal Studios on a double bill with The Projected Man. The idea for the ...more
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Zombie Holocaust is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Deserted Islands
Ian McCulloch, Donald O'Brien, Walter Patriarca

Released: 1980

Directed by: Marino Girolami

Zombie Holocaust, also known as Zombie 3 and Doctor Butcher, M.D., is a 1980 Italian zombie film directed by Marino Girolami.

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Hour of the Wolf is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Deserted Islands
Max von Sydow, Liv Ullmann, Erland Josephson

Released: 1968

Directed by: Ingmar Bergman

Hour of the Wolf is a 1968 Swedish surrealist–psychological horror–drama film, directed by Ingmar Bergman and starring Max von Sydow and Liv Ullmann.

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Anthropophagous is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Deserted Islands
Tisa Farrow, Serena Grandi, George Eastman

Released: 1980

Directed by: Joe D'Amato

Antropophagus is a 1980 Italian horror film directed by Joe D'Amato and co-written by D'Amato and George Eastman, who starred in the film as the monster. The film also starred Tisa Farrow, Zora ...more

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The Killer Shrews is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Deserted Islands
Ken Curtis, James Best, Ingrid Goude

Released: 1959

Directed by: Ray Kellogg

The Killer Shrews is a 1959 science fiction film directed by Ray Kellogg. It was filmed outside of Dallas, Texas back-to-back with The Giant Gila Monster by producers Ken Curtis and Gordon ...more

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Tower of Evil is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Deserted Islands
Dennis Price, Derek Fowlds, Robin Askwith

Released: 1972

Directed by: Jim O'Connolly

Tower of Evil, also known by the title Beyond the Fog in the United States and Horror of Snape Island and Horror on Snape Island in Canada, is a 1972 British horror film. The film is regarded by ...more
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The Lost Continent is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Deserted Islands
Hildegard Knef, Nigel Stock, Victor Maddern

Released: 1968

Directed by: Michael Carreras, Leslie Norman

The Lost Continent is a 1968 fantasy film made by Hammer Films and Seven Arts featuring Eric Porter, Hildegard Knef, Suzanna Leigh, Tony Beckley and James Cossins. The film was produced, ...more
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Island of Death is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Deserted Islands
Jessica Dublin, Robert Behling, Nikos Tsachiridis

Released: 1976

Directed by: Nico Mastorakis

Island of Death is a 1976 Greek exploitation film directed by Nico Mastorakis. It tells the story of a man and a woman, posing as newlyweds, but in fact an incestuous brother and sister, who ...more
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American Gothic is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Deserted Islands
Rod Steiger, Yvonne De Carlo, Michael J. Pollard

Released: 1988

Directed by: John Hough

American Gothic is a 1988 horror film written by Burt Wetanson and Michael Vines and directed by John Hough. It stars Rod Steiger, Yvonne DeCarlo and Michael J. Pollard.
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The Flesh Eaters is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Deserted Islands
Martin Kosleck, Byron Sanders, Christopher Drake

Released: 1964

Directed by: Jack Curtis

The Flesh Eaters is a 1964 American horror/science fiction thriller, directed on a low budget by Jack Curtis and edited by future filmmaker Radley Metzger. The film contains moments of violence ...more
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Horrors of Malformed Men... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Deserted Islands
Asao Koike, Kichijiro Ueda, Masaomi Kondo

Released: 1969

Directed by: Teruo Ishii

Horrors of Malformed Men aka Horror of a Deformed Man aka The Horror of Malformed Men is a 1969 Japanese film in the ero guro subgenre of Toei's style of Pink film. Directed by Teruo Ishii, the ...more

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Who Can Kill a Child? is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Deserted Islands
Lewis Fiander, Prunella Ransome, Antonio Iranzo

Released: 1976

Directed by: Narciso Ibáñez Serrador

Who Can Kill a Child? is a 1976 Spanish horror film directed by Narciso Ibáñez Serrador. It is about an English couple who find an island inhabited by maniacal children.
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Sweetheart is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Deserted Islands
Kiersey Clemons, Emory Cohen, Hanna Mangan-Lawrence

Released: 2019

Directed by: J.D. Dillard

Sweetheart is a 2019 American survival horror film directed by J.D. Dillard. Jenn (Kiersey Clemons) washes ashore a small tropical island and must spend her days not only surviving the elements ...more
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Teenage Zombies is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Deserted Islands
Katherine Victor, Steve Conte, Don Sullivan

Released: 1959

Directed by: Jerry Warren

Teenage Zombies is a 1959 horror science fiction film, written and directed by Jerry Warren.
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Bloodlust! is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Deserted Islands
Bloodlust! Robert Reed, Walter Brooke, Wilton Graff

Released: 1961

Directed by: Ralph Brooke

Bloodlust! is a horror/thriller film about a group of young adults who visit a tropical island only to become prey for a sadistic hunter. Filmed in 1959 and released in 1961, the feature was ...more
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King of the Zombies is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Deserted Islands
Mantan Moreland, Henry Victor, John Archer

Released: 1941

Directed by: Jean Yarbrough

King of the Zombies is a 1941 American horror comedy film produced by Monogram Pictures.
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Matango is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Deserted Islands
Hideyo Amamoto, Kumi Mizuno, Kenji Sahara

Released: 1963

Directed by: Ishirō Honda

Matango, also known as Fungus of Terror, Curse of the Mushroom People and Attack of the Mushroom People, is a 1963 Japanese tokusatsu movie. It was directed by Ishirō Honda, and written by ...more