Deserted Island Horror Filmsby Harry-Hood | created - 21 Jul 2011 | updated - 07 Aug 2012 | Public
Horror films set in the tropics. Some good, many bad... Only criterium: set on a remote island, beach, or desert.
My favorites are near the top, except #1. It's there for the picture.
Any missing, please let me know. Thanks.
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1. Uninhabited (2010)
TV-14 | 93 min | Horror, Thriller
A young couple go to a remote and deserted coral island for a camping holiday, only to find that the island is inhabited by a ghost seeking retribution for a past outrage.
Not bad for a low budget island film. Very, very low budget. Beautiful island.
2. Hour of the Wolf (1968)
Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Horror
While vacationing on a remote Scandanavian island with his younger pregnant wife, an artist has an emotional breakdown while confronting his repressed desires.
3. Island of Lost Souls (1932)
Not Rated | 70 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
An obsessed scientist conducts profane experiments in evolution, eventually establishing himself as the self-styled demigod to a race of mutated, half-human abominations.
4. Isle of the Dead (1945)
Approved | 71 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
On a Greek island during the 1912 war, several people are trapped by quarantine for the plague. If that isn't enough worry, one of the people, a superstitious old peasant woman, suspects ... See full summary »
5. The Wicker Man (1973)
R | 88 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A Police Sergeant is sent to a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl who the townsfolk claim never existed. Stranger still are the rites that take place there.
Votes: 60,346 | Gross: $0.06M
7. Shutter Island (2010)
R | 138 min | Mystery, Thriller
In 1954, a U.S. Marshal investigates the disappearance of a murderer, who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane.
Votes: 1,019,469 | Gross: $128.01M
8. Zombie (1979)
R | 91 min | Horror
Strangers searching for a young woman's missing father arrive at a tropical island where a doctor desperately seeks the cause and cure of a recent epidemic of the undead.
9. The Most Dangerous Game (1932)
Passed | 63 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
An insane hunter arranges for a ship to be wrecked on an island where he can indulge in some sort of hunting and killing of the passengers.
Votes: 9,233 | Gross: $0.97M
10. Battle Royale (2000)
Not Rated | 114 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary "Battle Royale" act.
11. Five Dolls for an August Moon (1970)
Not Rated | 82 min | Mystery, Thriller
A small group of people come to an island to relax but soon find themselves trapped on the island with a murderer in their midst.
aka "5 Dolls For An August Moon"
12. The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977)
PG | 99 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror
A shipwrecked survivor discovers a remote island owned by a crazed scientist who is carrying out sinister experiments on the island's inhabitants.
Votes: 5,149 | Gross: $8.00M
13. King Kong (2005)
PG-13 | 187 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
A greedy film producer assembles a team of moviemakers and sets out for the infamous Skull Island, where they find more than just cannibalistic natives.
Votes: 370,153 | Gross: $218.08M
14. The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
PG-13 | 129 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A research team is sent to the Jurassic Park Site B island to study the dinosaurs there, while an InGen team approaches with another agenda.
Votes: 349,667 | Gross: $229.09M
The most "horror"-centered in the trilogy. Good, fun monsters-on-an-island classic. With a great opening.
16. The Woman in Black (2012)
PG-13 | 95 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
A young solicitor travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals.
Votes: 166,400 | Gross: $54.33M
OK, it's only a temporary island. Still, this film captures the terror of isolation from people and the mainland. And a darn good ghost story.
17. The Ghost Writer (2010)
PG-13 | 128 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A ghost writer, hired to complete the memoirs of a former British Prime Minister, uncovers secrets that put his own life in jeopardy.
Votes: 149,140 | Gross: $15.54M
18. Dagon (2001)
R | 98 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
A boating accident runs a young man and woman ashore in a decrepit Spanish fishing town which they discover is in the grips of an ancient sea god and its monstrous half human offspring.
22. Paradise Murdered (2007)
Not Rated | 112 min | Mystery, Thriller
Off the southern coast of the Korean Peninsula, an island of 17 inhabitants exists. The so-called Paradise Island holds up to its name with its breath-taking mountains and sea coupled with ... See full summary »
23. I Walked with a Zombie (1943)
Approved | 69 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
A Canadian nurse is hired to care for the wife of a sugar plantation owner, who has been acting strangely, on a Caribbean island.
24. After Death (1989)
Unrated | 84 min | Action, Horror
A woman goes back to the island where her parents were killed. They had been working on a cure for cancer and accidentally raised the dead by angering a voodoo priest. With the woman is a ... See full summary »
26. King Kong (1933)
Passed | 100 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi
A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal ape who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition.
Votes: 74,262 | Gross: $10.00M
27. Frankenstein Island (1981)
PG | 97 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
When a hot-air balloon crashes on a remote island, the crew discovers Dr. Frankenstein's ancestor carrying on the family work, along with a race of mutants and a population of Amazons.
29. And Then There Were None (1945)
Approved | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Seven guests, a newly hired personal secretary and two staff are gathered on an isolated island by an absent host and someone begins killing them off one by one. They work together to determine who the killer is. Could it be one of them?
30. The Birds (1963)
PG-13 | 119 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people.
Votes: 156,527 | Gross: $11.40M
31. Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things (1972)
PG | 87 min | Comedy, Horror
Six friends in a theatrical troupe dig up a corpse on an abandoned island to use in a mock Satanic ritual. It backfires with deadly consequences.
33. Jurassic Park (1993)
PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok.
Votes: 792,318 | Gross: $402.45M
34. The Lost Continent (1968)
G | 97 min | Adventure, Fantasy
On their way to South America, the passengers and crew of an old freighter face many challenges. The captain has taken on illegal cargo - a dangerous consignment of phosphorous that will ... See full summary »
A sort-of "lost" Hammer classic. Begins like a 1950s sci-fi "B" movie, but doesn't end without some classic Hammer moments.
37. Horror Island (1941)
Passed | 60 min | Comedy, Mystery, Thriller
A down-on-his-luck businessman organizes an excursion to Sir Henry Morgan's Island for a treasure hunt only to encounter a mysterious phantom and murder.
38. Zombie Holocaust (1980)
R | 84 min | Horror
An expedition in the East Indies, encounters not only the cannibals they were looking for, but also an evil scientist and his zombie army.
39. American Gothic (1987)
R | 90 min | Horror
A group of travellers make emergency landing on an island in the Pacific Northwest after their seaplane malfunctioned, and stumble across an isolated and psychopathic family.
40. Murder Island (2006 Video)
46 min | Comedy, Horror
It's summer. A group of teenagers decide to go on a camping trip. They drive far up in the country until they find a small place were they rent canoe's for a cheap price. The group paddle ... See full summary »
41. Antropophagus (1980)
R | 90 min | Horror, Thriller
A group of tourists become stranded on an uninhabited island where they are stalked by an insane, violent, and grotesque killer that slaughtered the town's former residents.
43. Survival of the Dead (2009)
R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror
On an island off the coast of North America, local residents simultaneously fight a zombie epidemic while hoping for a cure to return their un-dead relatives back to their human state.
Votes: 19,457 | Gross: $0.10M
44. Horror on Snape Island (1972)
R | 89 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A group of experienced archeologists are searching for an old and mystic Phoenician treasure when they are surprised by a series of mysterious murders...
45. Fog Island (1945)
Approved | 72 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
An inventor recently released from prison invites a group of former business associates to a holiday in his island home, intending to exact revenge on them.
46. Have a Nice Weekend (1975)
82 min | Horror
A group of family and friends assembling at a small New England island home for a weekend gathering at the behest of a war veteran. After their arrival, several members of the group are ... See full summary »
47. Who Can Kill a Child? (1976)
R | 112 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A couple of English tourists arrive on an island where all the children have gone crazy and are murdering the adults.
Again, if you've seen Cannibal Holocaust, you've kinda seen this. Not as well directed, or written, but it's set in the beautiful Mediterranean!
48. The Call of Cthulhu (2005)
Not Rated | 47 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
While sorting the affairs of his late Uncle, a man accidentally stumbles across a series of dark secrets connected to an ancient horror waiting to be freed.
49. Zombie 3 (1988)
R | 84 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi