Vacations can be stressful in the months and days leading up to departure. Booking hotels, renting cars, buying tickets to theme parks, and remembering passports... all of these things go toward making a trip successful. Once the destination is reached, whether nearby or abroad, the time to unwind is at hand and all of the previous pressure can melt away. Unless, that is, people start remembering how closely current circumstances mirror the scenes from a horror movie they recently viewed.
It's easy to get swept up in the nervousness that comes from being in an unfamiliar place, but these travel horror movies definitely don't help people shrug off odd events easily. While most trips go off without a hitch, it never hurts to avoid movies where people vacation, camp, or visit a new country only to fall victim to insane, blood-thirsty madmen.
Part of a grisly renaissance of bloody, gory horror films, Eli Roth's Hostel follows friends Josh (Derek Richardson) and Paxton (Jay Hernandez) as they backpack across Europe post-graduation.
After connecting with a new friend, the Icelandic Oli (Eythor Gudjonsson), the trio meets up with a pair of women paid to lure them into the clutches of a shadowy business entity where the wealthy pay good money to perform heinous acts on their victims.
Actors: Eli Roth, Ashley Robbins, Jay Hernandez, Takashi Miike, Anita Queen, + more
Directed by: Eli Roth
Based on true events, Wolf Creek follows the plight of British tourists Liz Hunter (Cassandra Magrath) and Kristy Earl (Kestie Morassi), and their Australian friend Ben Mitchell (Nathan Phillips) on a backpacking trip. The three visit a national park where they find their vehicles and watches stop working. A stranger named Mick Taylor (John Jarratt) offers to help the trio, drugging them after they accept his help.
A night of terror unfolds for the group as Mick inflicts multiple physical atrocities upon them in an abandoned mining site. Only Ben appears to survive the chaos, emerging into the surrounding area after nearly being strung up and attacked by dogs.
Actors: Teresa Palmer, John Jarratt, Kestie Morassi, Nathan Phillips, Cassandra Magrath, + more
Directed by: Greg McLean
A group of student activists travel to the rainforest to document the invasive and destructive logging practices destroying the ecosystem and the local tribes. College student Justine (Lorenza Izzo) believes live-streaming the footage will assist the area and its plight.
Joined by Alejandro (Ariel Levy), his girlfriend Kara (Ignacia Allamand), and their benefactor Carlos (Matías López), the group films themselves chained to logging machinery before being accosted by a private militia and then taken in by police. On their way out of the country, the group's airplane crashes in the jungle, where the survivors are taken hostage by a cannibal tribe.
Held in cages, the group watch as its members are brutally dismembered and eaten in front of them with no hope of rescue.
Actors: Sky Ferreira, Magda Apanowicz, Daryl Sabara, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Lorenza Izzo, + more
Directed by: Eli Roth
Americans Alex (Josh Duhamel), Bea (Olivia Wilde), and Amy (Beau Garrett) meet up with two Englishmen, Liam (Max Brown) and Finn (Desmond Askew), and an Australian woman named Pru (Melissa George) while taking a bus to their beach destination. On the way, the group stops at a bar where they receive dosed drinks. They later wake up on a beach without any of their belongings.
As they attempt to find their passports and other essentials, they meet a local named Kiko (Agles Steib) that offers to give them a place to stay. The group sleeps in Kiko's home only to be awakened by a man named Zamora (Miguel Lunardi) and his thugs. Zamora is in the business of harvesting organs from tourists and selling them to locals for transplants. He first takes Amy's liver and kidneys before the rest of the vacationers escape their confines. What follows is a game of cat and mouse as the remaining members of the party fight to survive.
Actors: Olivia Wilde, Josh Duhamel, Melissa George, Beau Garrett, Max Brown, + more
Directed by: John Stockwell