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The Best Horror Movies Set During Summer 

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Updated July 5, 2019 2.5k votes 357 voters 15.9k views 30 items

Some of the most iconic horror movies are set during summer, so we're ranking the best of them. Do you have a favorite summer horror movie? Scary movies that take place during summer often include cabins, camping, and fishing- things that are usually fun, but are terrifying when there is a killer on the loose. Iconic horror movies that take place in the summer include Jaws and Friday the 13th, but what are some of the other scariest summer movies out there?

There is of course I Know What You Did Last Summer, the 1997 film that despite being panned by critics was an enormous box office success that spawned several sequels. Other great choices for scary summer horror movies include The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Rob Zombie's The Devil's Rejects, the pseudo-sequel to House of 1000 Corpses.

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Friday the 13th is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set During Summer
Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer

Released: 1980

Directed by: Sean S. Cunningham

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Jaws is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set During Summer
Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

Released: 1975

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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The Texas Chain Saw Mass... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set During Summer
Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal

Released: 1974

Directed by: Tobe Hooper

This movie is a 1974 American slasher film, directed and produced by Tobe Hooper, who cowrote it with Kim Henkel. It stars Marilyn Burns, Paul A. Partain, Edwin Neal, Jim Siedow and Gunnar ...more

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I Know What You Did Last... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set During Summer
Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anne Heche

Released: 1997

Directed by: Jim Gillespie

I Know What You Did Last Summer is a 1997 American slasher film based on the 1973 novel of the same name by Lois Duncan. The film changes many aspects of the book, which was not a slasher novel. ...more

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Jeepers Creepers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set During Summer
Justin Long, Eileen Brennan, Victor Salva

Released: 2001

Directed by: Victor Salva

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Sleepaway Camp is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set During Summer
Mike Kellin, Katherine Kamhi, Robert Earl Jones

Released: 1983

Directed by: Robert Hiltzik

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The Hills Have Eyes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set During Summer
Dee Wallace, Michael Berryman, John Steadman

Released: 1977

Directed by: Wes Craven

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The Hills Have Eyes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set During Summer
Emilie de Ravin, Vinessa Shaw, Ted Levine

Released: 2006

Directed by: Alexandre Aja

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The Devil's Rejects is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set During Summer
Diamond Dallas Page, Danny Trejo, Ginger Lynn

Released: 2005

Directed by: Rob Zombie

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Piranha is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set During Summer
Keenan Wynn, John Sayles, Barbara Steele

Released: 1978

Directed by: Joe Dante

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The Ruins is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set During Summer
Jena Malone, Bar Paly, Laura Ramsey

Released: 2008

Directed by: Carter Smith

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The Burning is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set During Summer
Holly Hunter, Jason Alexander, Fisher Stevens

Released: 1981

Directed by: Tony Maylam

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A Perfect Getaway is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set During Summer
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Released: 2009

Directed by: David Twohy

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Sleepaway Camp 2 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set During Summer
Walter Gotell, Renée Estevez, Pamela Springsteen

Released: 1988

Directed by: Michael A. Simpson

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High Tension is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set During Summer
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Released: 2003

Directed by: Alexandre Aja

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Tourist Trap is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set During Summer
Tanya Roberts, Chuck Connors, Keith McDermott

Released: 1979

Directed by: David Schmoeller

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Eden Lake is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set During Summer
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Released: 2008

Directed by: James Watkins

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Midsommar is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set During Summer
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Released: 2019

Directed by: Ari Aster

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Turistas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set During Summer
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Released: 2006

Directed by: John Stockwell

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Madman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set During Summer
Gaylen Ross, Harriet Bass, Seth Jones

Released: 1982

Directed by: Joe Giannone

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Just Before Dawn is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set During Summer
George Kennedy, Jamie Rose, Chris Lemmon

Released: 1981

Directed by: Jeff Lieberman

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Sleepaway Camp 3 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set During Summer
Michael J. Pollard, Mark Oliver, Tracy Griffith

Released: 1989

Directed by: Michael A. Simpson

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Club Dread is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set During Summer
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Released: 2004

Directed by: Jay Chandrasekhar

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Summer Camp Nightmare is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set During Summer
Chuck Connors

Released: 1987

Directed by: Bert L. Dragin

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Primal is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set During Summer
Wil Traval, Lindsay Farris, Zoe Tuckwell-Smith

Released: 2010

Directed by: Josh Reed

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