My guilty pleasures have always been horror movies. They’re one of my favorite things. If someone is good, regardless of nationality, I’m willing to give them a shot. My favorite types of horror movies are ones that leave you shaken by the end credits, like Wrong Turn, Se7en, and Paranormal Activity.
The best way to enjoy a horror film is to go in knowing nothing about it. To get started, here are a few other great horror movies like Wrong Turn.
1. Wolf Creek (2005)
After being nominated in seven different categories at the Australian Film Institute, the film was named one of the 25 Best Films since The Shining by New York magazine.
Three road-tripping backpackers get into trouble when they stop at the isolated Wolf Creek. Someone appears out of nowhere to help when the car’s engine dies. They have no choice but to accept his assistance, even though they are well aware of the dangers. The nightmare has now officially begun.
It’s not a particularly enjoyable experience on the whole. In spite of the ending leaving you wanting to lash out, you have to admire how effective this film was at manipulating your emotions and mind. Despite the fact that they tell you at the outset that it’s based on true events, I felt there was no need for them to say so. It’s all already becoming all too true.
You’d have the impression that someone was watching you from a distance, taking pictures. If you enjoyed Wrong Turn, you’ll enjoy Wolf Creek.
2. Eden Lake (2008)
There is a story in Eden Lake about a young couple who get caught up in a violent youth gang. They don’t want to give up, so they decide to fight back, which has disastrous results.
This film will astound you to no end. I’ve seen other films about torture, but none have had the same impact on me as this one. It’s shocking to see how quickly things have changed. It starts out as a love story before morphing into a nightmare and then back into a revenge film midway through.
3. The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
The plot revolves around a group of five friends who decide to spend the weekend at a cabin in the woods, where they discover more than they bargained for. It’s imperative that they stick together and fight for their lives as they try to figure out what’s going on in the mysterious cabin.
One twist after another is revealed in this film, keeping you on the edge of your seat the entire time. You’ll be left scratching your head just when you think you’ve got a good handle on the story. Until the very end of the story, you will never have a firm grasp on it in reality. I appreciated how they kept the tension high while revealing details one at a time.
It’s one of the strangest horror/comedy films I’ve ever seen. It’s worth checking out if you enjoyed Wrong Turn and don’t mind a little comedy thrown in with some downright terrifying scares.
4. The Strangers (2008)
As the story progresses, three mysterious strangers break into the isolated vacation home of a couple and terrorize them. Things quickly turn sour as they become more belligerent by the minute. Because of recent headlines in the media, it’s not hard to believe something like this has occurred somewhere in the world.
The movie does a fantastic job of escalating the suspense throughout the film. Almost from the start, it’s clear that things will not go well for the unfortunate couple. This film does a fantastic job of evoking the audience’s fear.
Bryan Bertino, the director, deserves praise for steering clear of clichéd jump scares. Instead, he steadily raises the stakes until you’re on the verge of losing control. Please believe me when I say that by the end of the film, you will be checking your windows and doors for cracks.
5. Evil Dead (2013)
Since everyone has already seen the original Evil Dead, I didn’t include it in this list. I urge you, if you haven’t already, to see it.
After the events of the first film have passed for 30 years, the story continues. To help Mia recover from her opiate addiction, a group of five friends re-visits the same remote cabin. Her close friends are ready to lend a hand.
Everything changes in an instant when they summon the nearby woods’ resident demons without meaning to. Everyone believes that Mia is suffering from withdrawal symptoms when in fact she is possessed. What if it’s too late for them to make a difference? See if you can figure it out by watching the film Evil Dead.
6. Cabin Fever (2002)
The plot of Cabin Fever is quite similar to that of Evil Dead. According to the director, Eli Roth, the resemblances were on purpose because he wanted to pay tribute to some of his favorite films.
Following the completion of their final exams, a group of students decides to rent a cabin in the woods for a weekend of fun. A flesh-eating bacteria disease puts an end to the party before it even gets started. It’s a scary movie. Is it truly the best solution? No, I don’t think so. There are far superior films to be enjoyed. Cabin Fever, on the other hand, will pique your interest if you’re a fan of films like Wrong Turn.
7. Dead End (2003)
Who says a good film has to cost a fortune to be made? Death’s End was made for less than $1 million by Jean Baptiste Andrea and Fabrice Canepa. And it went on to show that even with a small cast and a limited number of locations, you can accomplish a lot.
The story revolves around a group of relatives traveling to visit their in-laws for the first time. They take a shortcut to save time, but it turns out to be a disastrous decision. Do they have a chance of surviving?
This move doesn’t waste any time in getting to the point. The setup takes only a short time. When the movie begins, the family has already left for their destination, and there is no turning back. It would be a disservice to the movie if I went into too much detail. Enough said. The story will leave you speechless by the time the credits roll. In the same vein as Wrong Turn, it’s an excellent character-driven film.
8. The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
Instead of the original, we get yet another remake. Remember to watch the original film first if you haven’t already.
The story follows a family on a road trip who discovers a desolate nuclear waste dump. They soon discover that this wasteland is far from desert-like in its emptiness. It’s inhabited by a gang of bloodthirsty monsters who relish the taste of raw human flesh.
As in Wrong Turn and Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the film begins slowly, establishing the characters before ramping up the violence.
9. The Descent (2005)
You’ll be haunted for days after watching The Descent. Also, you’ll never consider going spelunking in a cave after this experience.
A group of friends embarks on a caving expedition, which becomes the focus of the story. When they are finally rescued from the cave, what started out as a fun afternoon has turned into something tragic. A group of bloodthirsty creatures living in those caves hunts them as they try to find a way out of there. Will they be able to make it through this ordeal?
I’m not going to reveal any more plot details at this time. You’ll like it even more if you don’t know much about it.
10. The Ward (2010)
After she is caught on camera setting a house on fire, the young woman who is the center of the story is taken to a local asylum. There she meets five other young women, all of whom have some form of mental illness.
They’re all soon traumatized by supernatural forces. It’s obvious that no one takes them seriously. As a result, there are numerous red herrings and therapy sessions that only serve to exacerbate the situation.
The Ward is a great film like Wong Turn because it keeps you interested all the way through. This video is definitely worth your time.
11. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
It would be a heinous sin to omit this film from the list. In other words, it’s a rehash of the 1970 original. It’s worth seeing the remake if you’ve already seen the original. The plot twists and turns keep you guessing until the very end.
The plot revolves around five college students who, upon knocking on the door of a remote homestead, discover a family of inbred psychopaths. Before long, they realize their lives are in danger from a chainsaw-wielding cannibal who plans on using their skin to make a mask for his own face.
Overall, this is a well-made film with a strong plot and believable performances. Instead of being a dull documentary, the original, this sequel feels more like a straight-up horror film. A must-see film in the same vein as Wrong Turn.