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The Best Horror Movies About Deserted Islands  

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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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Walter Huston, Judith Anderson, Barry Fitzgerald
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
Fay Wray, Joel McCrea, Buster Crabbe
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
Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland, Edward Woodward
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
Bela Lugosi, Charles Laughton, Randolph Scott
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
Marlon Brando, Val Kilmer, Ron Perlman
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
Michael Caine, David Warner, Don Henderson
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
Boris Karloff, Alan Napier, Anna Lee
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
Peter Cushing, Eddie Byrne, Edward Judd
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
Max von Sydow, Liv Ullmann, Erland Josephson
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.
Ian McCulloch, Donald O'Brien, Walter Patriarca
Zombie Holocaust, also known as Zombie 3 and Doctor Butcher, M.D., is a 1980 Italian zombie film directed by Marino Girolami.
Bill Paxton, Brittany Daniel, Lindsay Price
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
Tisa Farrow, Serena Grandi, George Eastman
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
Dennis Price, Derek Fowlds, Robin Askwith
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
Jessica Dublin, Robert Behling, Nikos Tsachiridis
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
Martin Kosleck, Byron Sanders, Christopher Drake
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
Ken Curtis, James Best, Ingrid Goude
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
Rod Steiger, Yvonne De Carlo, Michael J. Pollard
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.
Asao Koike, Kichijiro Ueda, Masaomi Kondo
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
Lewis Fiander, Prunella Ransome, Antonio Iranzo
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.
Mantan Moreland, Henry Victor, John Archer
King of the Zombies is a 1941 American horror comedy film produced by Monogram Pictures.
Katherine Victor, Steve Conte, Don Sullivan
Teenage Zombies is a 1959 horror science fiction film, written and directed by Jerry Warren.
Hildegard Knef, Nigel Stock, Victor Maddern
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
Bloodlust! Robert Reed, Walter Brooke, Wilton Graff
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
Hideyo Amamoto, Kumi Mizuno, Kenji Sahara
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
Zoe Naylor, Adrienne Pickering, Gyton Grantley
The Reef is a 2010 Australian horror film. The film was written and directed by Andrew Traucki, his second feature film, and is about a group of friends who capsize while sailing to Indonesia. ...more