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5 best Spring Break horror movies

best Spring Break horror movie collage
best Spring Break horror movie collage
Spring Break horror movie collage

Despite what our crazy weather of late feel like, spring is now upon us. And with it comes Spring Break, a time for college kids to lose their inhibitions and get into trouble.

But given that it's harder this year than ever to find a climate hospitable for lounging by the beach, how bout relaxing indoors to some Spring Break-themed horror films?

Surprisingly, this is a fairly sparse sub-genre, but I've tapped into my mental horror database and have discovered the 5 best horror films where Spring folly is rewarded with slaughter from a variety of malevolent forces.

So peruse the slide show above and let the countdown to March murdering madness begin.

5. 'Jeepers Creepers' (2001)
5. 'Jeepers Creepers' (2001) The Creeper in 'Jeepers Creepers'

5. 'Jeepers Creepers' (2001)

In 'Jeepers Creepers', a brother and sister traveling home from college over Spring Break stumble onto the scene of multiple murders, and are then pursued by the supernaturally powered killer, who will stop at nothing to satiate his dark secret.

While not exactly a horror classic per se, 'Jeepers Creepers' packs in some fun scares.

4. 'Piranha 3-D'
4. 'Piranha 3-D' Still image from 'Piranha 3-D'

4. 'Piranha 3-D'

This remake of 1978's 'Piranha' is a fun horror romp, where scantily clad beach going college kids on Spring Break are gnawed to bits by an ultra-aggressive sub-species of piranha.

Full of goofy one-liners, gross out gags and copious nudity, 'Piranha 3-D' is a true guilty pleasure.

3. 'The Cabin In The Woods' (2012)
3. 'The Cabin In The Woods' (2012) Things are not what they seem in 'The Cabin In The Woods'

3. 'The Cabin In The Woods' (2012)

This bizarre horror comedy from Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard is a clever deconstruction of the weekend getaway/slaughter-fest genre.

A group of college buddies decide to spend their Spring Break at a remote cabin. What they're unaware of is that they're the subjects of a scientific experiment. Unwitting guinea pigs drawn into a trap of depravity and murder.

'The Cabin in The Woods' is a movie that constantly keeps you on your toes, winking at the audience even while it subverts their expectations. 

2. 'April Fools Day' (1986)
2. 'April Fools Day' (1986) 'April Fools Day' movie poster

2. 'April Fools Day' (1986)

'April Fools Day' is one of the more memorable horror comedies from the 80's. A group of college friends spend their Spring Break at an island mansion.

It's the week leading up to Spring Break and the host of the party has planned all sorts of elaborate pranks. But when partygoers go missing, it begs the question; is this all fun and games, or is there murder involved as well?

It's a film that always keeps you guessing, full of great horror gags.

1. 'The Evil Dead' (1981)
1. 'The Evil Dead' (1981) Bruce Campbell in 'The Evil Dead'

1. 'The Evil Dead' (1981)

Two couples spend their Spring Break at a (wait for it!) remote cabin the woods. But an evil incantation turns their idyllic getaway into a cartoonish nightmare.

Sam Raimi's gross-out horror classic still packs a punch, and is far superior to last year's remake.

So that wraps up our list of the best Spring Break horror movies.

If you want even more Spring Break-themed scares, here's a list of some other horror flicks, running the gamut from clever to deliciously cheesy. 

And for even more horror movies about the dangers of the great outdoors, take a look at our list of top 10 rural horror movies.