We hope you enjoyed your summer breaks without anything too untoward happening… Because there’s something about holiday digs and destinations that are dangerous beyond belief, as you can see from these terrifying trips. We give you the chance to see clips for yourself, but – be warned – you will be afraid, VERY afraid! (Oh, and they do contain offensive language and very disturbing images…)

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1. Psycho (1960)

We start way back in 1960, with the now-infamous Hitchcock thriller with the vivid shower knife scene set to nerve-jangling music. Secretary Marion Crane is on the run after stealing $40,000 from her employer in order to run away with her boyfriend. Exhausted after driving through a rainstorm, she stops at the Bates Motel. There, she meets the polite but highly strung proprietor Norman Bates, a young man with an interest in taxidermy who seems to have a difficult relationship with his mother… A reminder of that shower scene!

2. Jaws (1975)

Talking of a hair-standing-on-end tunes, John Williams’ composition – altogether now: Durr-Dun, Durr-Dun, Durr-Dun… is synonymous with Jaws. In this fintastic film, a gigantic great white shark menaces the island of Amity. A police chief, a marine scientist and a grizzled fisherman set out to stop it. The movie was so successful that the tagline: ‘Just when you thought it was save to go back in the water…’ appeared on posters in 1978, introducing Jaws 2. And in 1983, Jaws 3D appeared in cinemas. See the mass panic as holidaymakers flee the sea in terror…

3. Piranha (1978)

Jaws 2 was in cinemas this year, and for those who couldn’t get enough of scary, aqua-based adventures, this fishy tale fitted the bill perfectly. When flesh-eating piranhas are accidentally released into a summer resort’s rivers, the guests become their next meal. This was followed with a 3D version in 2010, and in 2012 a 3DD version was released, which is thought to be both a reference to it being a sequel to the 3D movie but also a reference to bra size, which some of the posters seemed to confirm. Classy! Check out the frenzy the flesh-eating fish cause…

4. The Shining (1980)

This is Jack Nicolson at his menacing best. A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father (a deranged Nicholson) into violence, while his psychic son, Danny, sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future. There is the memorable scene of Danny pedalling vigorously on his tricyle, while witnessing disturbing, unexplained visions in the hallways of the hotel. See who Danny encounters on his pedals…

5. Friday the 13th (1980)

If you didn’t take a shine to The Shining, in the same year we also met a group of summer-camp counsellors. They were being stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen Camp Crystal Lake summer camp which, years before, was the site of a child’s drowning. The child in question, Jason, has become legendary in horror-movie circles, so it was no surprise that he was back in follow-up films in 1981 and 1982 and a reboot in 2009. He was even pitted against well-known Nightmare On Elm Street slasher Freddy Krueger in the 2003 film Freddy vs Jason. Spoiler alert: here is the infamous shock ending…

6. I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

A year after running over a fisherman and dumping his body in the water, four friends reconvene after receiving a letter saying their crime was seen. While pursuing who he thinks is responsible for the letter, one of them is run over by a man with a meat hook. The bloodletting increases as the killer with the hook stalks them. In the sequel: I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, the following year, the fisherman with a hook is back to cause even more murder and mayhem, this time at a posh island resort. Incredibly, there was more hook action to come in 2006, with: I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer. See if you’ll be ‘hooked’ with this clip…

7. Final Destination (2000)

After a teenager has a terrifying vision of him and his friends dying in a plane crash, he prevents the accident only to have Death hunt them down, one by one. Each deadly scenario is so creative and ingenious, you’ll find yourself trying to guess how the next one will play out… This franchise has been so successful, that ‘final’ wasn’t terribly accurate… as five films have been made and there are even rumours that there may even be a sixth! Now witness the bizarre chain of events leading to one victim’s demise…

8. Wrong Turn (2003)

It’s amazing how many wrong turns you can make – but when a movie’s a hit – it seems you can make six and fans still ask if there’ll be a seventh! In the original, five pals have car trouble in West Virginia. Moments later, a motorist crashes into their stationary vehicle. Stranded, the friends discover they’re being stalked by a horde of cannibalistic mountain men who are grossly disfigured through generations of in-breeding. They cannibals are hungry and fierce, and will certainly eat well unless Jessie and her pals can outsmart them. Here’s a compilation of the our favourite bits…

9. Open Water (2003)

Astonishingly, Open Water is based (albeit loosely) on a true story… A couple go scuba-diving and are accidentally left behind at the Great Barrier Reef by a dive boat, because the dive-boat crew failed to take an accurate headcount. Stranded at sea, it dawns on them that their boat is not coming back. They bicker, battle bouts of hunger and mental exhaustion and realise that they’ve probably drifted far from the dive site. They then notice that sharks are circling them… Based almost all in the sea, this is one of the most nail-biting thrillers you’ll ever see. This trailer gives you an idea of just how desperate the situation becomes…

10. Hostel (2005)

They’re normally thought to be cheap and cheerful, but this hostel is anything but! Three backpackers head to a Slovak city that promises to meet their hedonistic expectations, with no idea of the hell that awaits them. This was followed up in 2007, by Hostel: Part II. This time round, it’s some college students studying abroad that are lured to a Slovakian hostel, and discover the grim reality behind it. For the third instalment we move from Slovakia to Las Vegas, where four men at a stag party find themselves the subjects of a perverse game of torture, where members of the Elite Hunting Club are hosting the most sadistic show in town. This terrifying torture scene from the first outing, despite being entitled ‘funny’, is not for the faint-hearted…

11. The Descent (2005)

If you didn’t see The Hostel this year, maybe you were living in a cave! In this claustrophobic offering, a caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators. There was more terror underground, four years later, in The Descent: Part 2. With authorities refusing to believe sole-survivor Sarah’s story about cave-dwelling monsters, she is forced to follow the officials back into the caves where something awaits. Cue much flailing of arms and waving of torches…

12. Vacancy (2007)

Another motel nightmare. In this terrifying tale, a married couple’s car breaks down and they have little choice but to spend the night at a remote hotel. They entertain themselves by watching low-budget slasher movies on TV – until it hits them that the horrifying images they see were recorded in the room in which they’re staying. With hidden cameras capturing their every move, the couple must find a way out before they become the latest stars in another film in the series of snuff films. See how terrifying their situation is here…

13. Frozen (2010)

No, not the mega-hit Disney movie with Elsa and Olaf, this is a far-more-chilling (LOL!) version. Three snowboarders force a chairlift-worker to let them have one last pass. However, he needs to resolve a problem and his colleague misunderstands his instructions and stops the lift. The trio are stranded on the chairlift near the top of the mountain. When they see that the lights of the ski resort go out, they need to make a choice: leave the chairlift or freeze to death. This literally is one of the most ‘gripping’ scenes you’ll see…

14. A Lonely Place to Die (2011)

Five mountaineers are hiking and climbing in the Scottish Highlands when they discover a young Serbian girl buried alive in a small chamber in the wilderness. Upon rescuing her, the group finds themselves pursued by her captors, who hunt them down in an effort to reclaim the girl. Two of them manage to escape the wilderness, while the other three fall victim to the kidnappers. This is the tense moment that they discover the little girl…

15. The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

When five college friends arrive at a remote forest cabin for a little break, little do they expect the horrors that await them. One by one, the youths fall victim to backwoods zombies, but there’s another factor at play. Two scientists are manipulating the ghoulish goings-on, but even as the body count rises, there is still more at work than meets the eye. In this clip, there’s the obligatory scary-movie quote: ‘We have to stay together…’ followed by the inevitable: ‘But we’d cover more ground if we split up.’ Typical teens..!

16. As Above, So Below (2014)

Archaeologist Scarlett Marlowe has devoted her life to finding Flamel’s Philosopher’s Stone. According to legend, the artifact can grant eternal life and turn any metal into gold. When she learns that the stone is hidden underground in the catacombs of Paris, she assembles a crew to guide and document her mission. As they begin their descent, the team have no way of knowing that they are entering their own personal hell. Check out this clip, which explains the enigmatic meaning of the film’s title…

17. The Visit (2015)

Becca and younger brother Tyler board a train and head deep into Pennsylvania farm country to meet their maternal grandparents for the first time and stay with them for a holiday. Welcomed by Nana and Pop Pop, all seems well until the siblings notice increasingly strange behaviour from the seemingly charming couple. Once the children discover a shocking secret, they begin to wonder if they’ll ever make it home to their parents. See what happens when Nana asks Becca to clean the oven…

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