Being stalked by a serial killer or an ancient evil can be pretty lonely. Being with friends is a great way to deal with any adverse situation. Will it help to have friends with you when a serial killer or an ancient evil is stalking you? No, but it could increase your chances of survival, which is a plus.

  • The Blackening (2023)

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    This new film is not only a slasher where a masked killer challenges a friend group; it specifically confronts the horror movie tropes in cinema where the Black characters die first or preconceptions about Black characters. "The Blackening" was directed by Tim Story and stars Grace Byers, Jermaine Fowler, Melvin Gregg, X Mayo, Dewayne Perkins, Antoinette Robertson, Sinqua Walls, Jay Pharoah, and Yvonne Orji. The characters are literally in a cabin in the woods and must use their knowledge of horror movie rules to avoid being the next victim.

  • Wrong Turn (2003)

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    A group of friends has a flat tire, and a medical student in the woods finds them. People in horror movies never learn not to stay out of the woods. Their friends start to disappear, and a trio of cannibals is to blame. The friends fight to stay alive until only two are left. This film was directed by Rob Schmidt, and it stars Desmond Harrington, Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Jeremy Sisto, and Kevin Zegers.

  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

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    No discussion of this type of film would be complete without one of the most influential horror films of all time. "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" was directed by Tobe Hooper and starring Marilyn Burns, Gunnar Hansen, Teri McMinn, Paul Partain, Edwin Neal, and John Larroquette as the narrator can never be forgotten. It is one of the templates for movies where a friend group gets in trouble for sure and is terrifying and beautiful in a way that hasn't quite been captured again since.

  • Shaun of the Dead (2004)

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    In this zombie classic, the main problem, other than the zombie apocalypse, is the main character, Shaun's refusal to grow up and his focus on his friends rather than his relationship with his girlfriend. So while the world is fighting to survive or trying to eat whoever is still alive, Shaun goes on a quest with his best friend to save the people he loves, his mom and his girlfriend. This hilarious film was directed by Edgar Wright and co-written by Wright and Simon Pegg, who also stars as Shaun. It's a favorite horror comedy that is gory and hilarious.

  • Bodies Bodies Bodies (2022)

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    A group of friends decides to wait out a hurricane at a friend's mansion, and they find out who among them really are friends. As people start to die, the trust and connections between each person begin to break down, and the question of who is responsible for the deaths: a mad killer or someone closer to home becomes paramount. The film stars Amandla Stenberg, Maria Bakalova, Myha'la Herrold, Chase Sui Wonders, Rachel Sennott, Lee Pace, and Pete Davidson.

  • I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

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    This late 90s slasher was based on a novel of the same name, directed by Jim Gillespie, and written by Kevin Williamson. It centers on four friends who hide a tragic secret about a car accident that killed a pedestrian. It stars Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Freddie Prinze Jr., and Bridgette Wilson. A year after the accident they covered up, a killer with a hook wearing a fisherman's gear starts killing people. As they each receive threats from the mysterious killer, their suspicions grow, and tensions between them mount.

  • House of Wax (2005)

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    "House of Wax" is a remake of the film from 1953 and was directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, who also directed "Orphan". A group of friends camps in the woods while on the way to a football game. They run afoul of a pair of brothers who live in a ghost town with a wax museum. The brothers stalk and capture members of the group and start to use them as casts for wax figures in the museum. The film stars Elisha Cuthbert, Chad Michael Murray, Brian Van Holt, Damon Herriman, Paris Hilton, Jared Padalecki.

  • Wolf Creek (2005)

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    "Wolf Creek" is a horror film where three friends are menaced by a serial killer in the Australian Outback, a vast wilderness area with a very low population. It was directed by Greg McLean and stars John Jarratt, Cassandra Magrath, Kestie Morassi, and Nathan Phillips. At one point, the film was most famous for being a film that Quentin Tarantino really didn't like. The friend group is smaller, but the horror is still pretty big. The writer and director of the film added elements of real-life Australian serial killers to the script after he felt it was a bit generic.

  • Turistas (2006)

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    "Turistas" is a film about a group of people in Brazil, three friends, two vacationing British men, and one Australian woman stranded by a bus crash. John Stockwell directed this film which stars Josh Duhamel, Melissa George, Olivia Wilde, and Beau Garrett. The group is drugged and then subjected to organ removal as revenge for "gringos" who pay to get black-market organs from the Brazilian people. This is different from the usual type of slasher and is a pretty gruesome idea. It seems to echo the fears of American travelers in other countries, especially in Latin America.

  • Borderland (2007)

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    "Borderland" is the story of three friends who meet a beautiful bartender and a cop while on vacation in Mexico and are terrorized by a cult of narco-satanists and an American serial killer. The film stars Brian Presley, Rider Strong, Martha Higareda, and Damián Alcázar and was directed by Zev Berman. Sean Astin stars as the serial killer, which is definitely something different. The film touches upon the drug cartels in Mexico that indulge in black magic and ritual killings.

  • Evil Dead (2013)

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    Director Fede Álvarez's feature debut was the fourth film in the "Evil Dead" franchise which is a reimagining of the series rather than a remake. The film stars Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, and Jessica Lucas. In the movie, four friends meet at a remote cabin to help the fifth friend and sister of the character, David, stop using heroin. Shortly after they arrive at the cabin, which looks pretty creepy, the strange demonic events start, and the film becomes an intense and gruesome ride.

  • Cold Prey (2006)

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    "Cold Prey" is a Norwegian slasher film about a group of friends who go snowboarding, and after one of the friends breaks a leg, they go to a lodge for help. They find the lodge deserted, and once they settle in for the night, things start going very wrong. It stars Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Rolf Kristian Larsen, Rune Melby, and Viktoria Winge and was directed by Roar Uthaug. Serial killers chasing you in good weather is horrifying, but it must be so much worse in snow.

  • Tourist Trap (1979)

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    "Tourist Trap" is a film from the 1970s about a group of five friends driving through the desert who find a deserted tourist trap, namely an animated wax museum run by a man who is unhappy that tourists don't come through anymore because of the newly built freeway. The killer in this film also has psychokinetic powers and can make objects move with their mind, so the killer has an extra level of power. It stars Chuck Connors, Jocelyn Jones, Jon Van Ness, Robin Sherwood, and Tanya Roberts, and the film was directed by David Schmoeller, who also directed films like "Crawlspace" and "Puppetmaster. Stephen King mentioned this as one of the films he enjoys because of its creepy atmosphere.

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