Five Horror Films to Beat the Summer Heat

Jason McDonald

Judging by the way things are going so far, this will most likely be an intensely hot summer.  I don’t know about you, but I’m a Fall season kind of guy, so when the temperature starts to rise I start to wilt. The only thing that could possibly help is the distraction of a bone chilling horror movie.

But I’m not about to watch “Firestarter” or “Lavantula”, I need a horror movie that’ll help put me in a better state of mind.  So let’s look at some horror movies that might have a cooling effect on you this summer.

Jack Frost

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The best way to beat the heat is to have a bit of fun out of the sun.  “Jack Frost” is an absolutely absurd film, but it’s the type of movie that’ll take your mind off of your melting body.  It’s set at Christmas time and features a killer snowman that is somehow still less creepy than the snowman featured in the Michael Keaton kid’s film “Jack Frost.” It’s a bad movie, but laughably entertaining.  Plus it features a young Shannon Elizabeth, so there’s that.

The Thing from Another World

The Thing from another world

Scientists uncover a crashed alien ship in the arctic and must now defend themselves from an alien menace.  You might be thinking “Wait, aren’t we talking about ‘The Thing’?” And yes, you’d be correct, but “The Thing” seemed like such an obvious pull for this list that I decided to go retro with it and go back to the 1951 black and white film “The Thing from Another World.” Personally the black and white aesthetic goes a long way to making the film a much more pleasing summer experience and if you’re a huge fan of John Carpenter’s “The Thing”, you should at least watch this one once.  Carpenter’s “Thing” often gets labeled as a remake of “The Thing from Another World”, but if you wanted to be more accurate they’re actually both adaptations of the same source material.  Both films are based off the novella “Who Goes There?” by John Campbell, so if you wanted to get some extra horror credit this summer why not read that as well?

Black Christmas

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“Jack Frost” may have already covered the ‘Christmas in summer’ motif, but this film actually has Christmas in the title, so I think that supersedes it.  Before Michael Myers embodied the spirit of holiday killers with “Halloween” in 1978, “Black Christmas” kicked things off in 1974 with a faceless slasher who went on a sorority girl killing spree.  Personally, I think it’s a little hard to go back to this one after you’ve seen it a few times, but if you’ve yet to watch it you should definitely do yourself the favor and check it out.

30 Days of Night


I don’t know of a more divisive vampire film than “30 Days of Night.”  People either absolutely love it or hate it, there seems to be little middle ground when it comes to this movie.  Personally, I fall in the “love it” camp and I think it’s the perfect movie to serve our purposes.  This movie is set in the frigid Alaskan environment where a pack of hungry vampires have decided to descend upon a small town and feast upon it’s inhabitants during a time when the sun sets for 30 days straight.  It’s a solid vampire flick with good gore and a good performance from Josh Hartnett.  What more could you ask for?

Wind Chill

Ashton Holmes and Emily Blunt

This is a bit of a obscure one that not too many people have heard of.  It just sort of came and went without much fanfare, but I think it’s worth a watch if you’re into ghost stories and looking for a cold and moody setting.  In “Wind Chill” a pair of college students find themselves stranded on a lone highway in the middle of a snowstorm.  As the night goes on they soon begin to realize that this particular spot on the highway has a treacherous past filled with angry spirits.  This movie does cold so well, you might find yourself reaching for a blanket.


Closing thoughts: Yeah, I know I didn’t mention “The Shining”, but I felt that along with “The Thing” that was another one that was just too obvious.  Besides, you don’t need a hot day to watch “The Shining” or “The Thing”, you should watch those because they’re required horror viewing material. The ones I listed here rarely get their due and are more for the express purpose of having a movie you can throw on and watch when you’re in desperate need of heatwave relief.

So with that in mind, what other films would you recommend to escape the heat? Let us know down below.


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      1. katt12 June 30, 2016 at 2:09 am

        The Children (2008) Kids and snow, what could go wrong?

      2. Marty July 16, 2016 at 7:13 am

        Why do you find Black Christmas hard to go back to? It’s Canadian classic (brr).

      3. Marty July 16, 2016 at 7:26 am

        Oh, and ATM, Cold Prey, Curtains, Dead Snow, Frozen, Misery, Let the Right One In, and Storm of the Century.