Film 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

21 5
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

30 14
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

16 9
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

14 8
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

12 7
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

11 7
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.

12 9
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

12 9
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.

10 7
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

9 7
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

9 7
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

9 9
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.

7 7
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.

7 7
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

6 6
Katherine Victor, Steve Conte, Don Sullivan - Teenage Zombies is a 1959 horror science fiction film, written and directed by Jerry Warren.

6 6
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

6 6
Mantan Moreland, Henry Victor, John Archer - King of the Zombies is a 1941 American horror comedy film produced by Monogram Pictures.

6 6
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

5 5
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

11 12
Michael Caine, Mario Van Peebles, Melvin Van Peebles - Jaws: The Revenge, is a 1987 American horror thriller film directed by Joseph Sargent. It is the third and final sequel to Steven Spielberg's Jaws and the fourth and final installment in the ...more

7 8
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

7 8
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

6 7
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

4 5
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

4 5
Lionel Atwill, Jerome Cowan, George Zucco - Fog Island is a 1945 American mystery-suspense film directed by Terry O. Morse. The film stars B movie horror film regulars George Zucco and Lionel Atwill. It was based on the 1937 play Angel ...more

4 5
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

4 5
Edwige Fenech, William Berger, Howard Ross - Five Dolls for an August Moon is a 1970 Italian giallo film directed by Mario Bava. It concerns a group of people who have gathered on a remote island for fun and relaxation. One of the guests ...more

4 6
Janet Julian, David Wallace, Page Fletcher - Humongous is a 1982 horror film, starring Janet Julian and David Wallace. The movie is directed by Paul Lynch. There are two versions of the film. The American version is rated R, and omits some ...more

3 6
Island of Horrors Island of Horrors is a crime fiction film directed by Toshiaki Kunihara.

4 8
Fear Island Lucy Hale, Haylie Duff, Aaron Ashmore - Fear Island is a 2009 thriller television film starring Haylie Duff, Lucy Hale, and Jessica Harmon. It was directed by Michael Storey. The original title for the film was Deep Cove but later ...more

3 7
Margit Evelyn Newton, Josep Lluís Fonoll, Franco Garofalo - Virus: Hell of the Living Dead is a 1980 horror film, specifically a zombie film, directed by Bruno Mattei. The film is also known as Zombie Creeping Flesh and Night of the Zombies.

3 7
Leo Carrillo, Dick Foran, Peggy Moran - Horror Island is a film directed by George Waggner released on Mar 28, 1941.

2 6
Rita Jenrette, David Broadnax, Debbie Ewing - Zombie Island Massacre is a 1984 horror film directed by John N. Carter and starring famed congressman's wife and Playboy model, Rita Jenrette. The film is currently distributed by Troma ...more

3 8
Bobs Baines, Billy Milionis, Geraldine Hakewill - Uninhabited is a 2010 Australian horror film directed by Bill Bennett. The film premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival and in Australia during the 2010 Melbourne International Film Festival. ...more

2 7
Higanjima Asami Mizukawa, Koji Yamamoto, Dai Watanabe - Higanjima is a 2009 horror action film written by Tetsuya Ôishi and directed by Tae-gyun Kim.

2 7
John Carradine, Cameron Mitchell, Robert Clarke - Frankenstein Island is a 1981 American film starring John Carradine. It was the last movie directed by Jerry Warren and the only one of his low-budget films made in color.

1 6
James Earl Jones, José Ferrer, Deborah Shelton - Blood Tide is a 1982 British film directed by Richard Jefferies. The film is also known as Bloodtide and Demon Island.

2 8
Dark Island Zero Kazama, Mary Christina Brown, Eric Raymond Lim -

1 7
Mark Lee, Lawrence Koh - 23:59 is a 2011 Malaysian–Singaporean horror film directed by Gilbert Chan.

1 8
Jaime Pressly, Nicholas Brendon, Daphnée Duplaix - Demon Island, also called Piñata: Survival Island, is a 2002 horror film that stars Nicholas Brendon and Jaime Pressley.