Travel Films: Road Trip Horror Edition
Wolf Creek- 2005
The best type of road trip horror movie is an Australian road trip horror movie. The best of them all is, of course, Wolf Creek. “Stranded backpackers in remote Australia fall prey to a murderous bushman who offers to fix their car, then takes them captive.” This film will make you think twice about trusting random strangers willing to help you while driving through a country. Thankfully there will be a sequel released soon. Can’t wait for Mick Taylor to scare the be-jeezus out of me again.
Wrong Turn- 2003
My first horror movie with a road trip theme i saw was Wrong Turn. “Six people find themselves trapped in the woods of West Virginia, hunted down by cannibalistic mountain men grossly disfigured through generations of in-breeding.” Although there has been a slew of sequels, the original is by far the best & most horrifying.
Right before i left for my road trip through Australia i found Gone on Netflix. It was terrifying how real the story line felt. It is definitely not a film you want to watch before hitting the road. “A young British couple travelling through the Australian outback become involved with a mysterious and charismatic American whose motive for imposing his friendship upon them becomes increasingly suspect and sinister.” Who knew the guy from Eurotrip could be so terrifying.
House of 1000 Corpses- 2003
By far the most disturbing film on my list, House of 1000 Corpses was the first film written & directed by the legendary Rob Zombie. “Two teenage couples traveling across the backwoods of Texas searching for urban legends of murder end up as prisoners of a bizarre and sadistic backwater family of serial killers.” Again… don’t trust random strangers while on the road. It doesn’t end well.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre- 2003
In my opinion, the 2003 remake of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre is the best out of the series. This film was released while i was living in Colfax, Wisconsin which is not too far from where Ed Gein (who Leatherface is based off of) committed his murders, so i learned pretty much everything about the events that inspired the film. “After picking up a traumatized young hitchhiker, five friends find themselves stalked and hunted by a deformed chainsaw-wielding killer and his family of equally psychopathic killers.” There is nothing comical about this remake. It oozes terror throughout the entire film.
What is your favorite road trip horror film? Comment & let me know.