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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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    The Wicker Man

    Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland

    Released1973

    Directed byRobin 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 Britt...  more

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    And Then There Were None

    Walter Huston, Judith Anderson

    Released1945

    Directed byRené 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 Little Niggers". The...  more
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    The Most Dangerous Game

    Fay Wray, Joel McCrea

    Released1932

    Directed byIrving 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

    Marlon Brando, Val Kilmer

    Released1996

    Directed byJohn 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 convert...  more

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    Jaws: The Revenge

    Michael Caine, Mario Van Peebles

    Released1987

    Directed byJoseph Sargent

    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 Jaws...  more

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    Club Dread

    Bill Paxton, Brittany Daniel

    Released2004

    Directed byJay 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 story is...  more

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    Who Can Kill a Child?

    Lewis Fiander, Prunella Ransome

    Released1976

    Directed byNarciso 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....  more
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    The Reef

    Zoe Naylor, Adrienne Pickering

    Released2010

    Directed byAndrew Traucki

    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. The...  more

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    Island of Death

    Jessica Dublin, Robert Behling

    Released1976

    Directed byNico 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 visit...  more
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    The Island

    Michael Caine, David Warner

    Released1980

    Directed byMichael 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 wrote...  more
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    Island of Terror

    Peter Cushing, Eddie Byrne

    Released1966

    Directed byTerence 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 film...  more
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    Isle of the Dead

    Boris Karloff, Alan Napier

    Released1945

    Directed byMark 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 behind the...  more
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    Island of Lost Souls

    Bela Lugosi, Charles Laughton

    Released1932

    Directed byErle 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 directed...  more
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    Horrors of Malformed Men

    Asao Koike, Kichijiro Ueda

    Released1969

    Directed byTeruo Ishii

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    Anthropophagous

    Tisa Farrow, Serena Grandi

    Released1980

    Directed byJoe 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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    Bloodlust!

    Robert Reed, Walter Brooke

    Released1961

    Directed byRalph 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 picked...  more
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    Matango

    Hideyo Amamoto, Kumi Mizuno

    Released1963

    Directed byIshirō 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 Takeshi...  more
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    Hour of the Wolf

    Max von Sydow, Liv Ullmann

    Released1968

    Directed byIngmar 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....  more

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    Tower of Evil

    Dennis Price, Derek Fowlds

    Released1972

    Directed byJim 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 Flesh Eaters

    Martin Kosleck, Byron Sanders

    Released1964

    Directed byJack 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 much...  more
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    Zombie Holocaust

    Ian McCulloch, Donald O'Brien

    Released1980

    Directed byMarino Girolami

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

    Bianca Haase, Brock O'Hurn

    Released2021

    Directed byTaylor Chien

    The Resort is a 2021 American horror film directed by Taylor Chien. A writer that studies horror fiction and her three friends travel to a Hawaiian island to investigate reports of a haunting at an...  more

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    Uninhabited

    Bobs Baines, Billy Milionis

    Released2010

    Directed byBill Bennett

    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. It...  more
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    King of the Zombies

    Mantan Moreland, Henry Victor

    Released1941

    Directed byJean Yarbrough

    King of the Zombies is a 1941 American horror comedy film produced by Monogram Pictures....  more
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    Teenage Zombies

    Katherine Victor, Steve Conte

    Released1959

    Directed byJerry Warren

    Teenage Zombies is a 1959 horror science fiction film, written and directed by Jerry Warren....  more