School’s back in session after winter break. As scary as that is, these 10 films about students in peril can help you survive the horror.
If you’re looking for a suspenseful, disturbing, scary, serious, psychological, or twisted plot-driven movie, then this list is for you! The experts of write my essay company have compiled a list of the 10 creepiest horror films featuring students and professors you may not have seen.
1. Delirium (2018)
A group of students arrange an initiation procedure for a fellow student; he has to take a video camera and sneak into a gated area where an abandoned house stands. The location of a horrific family massacre where thirteen victims died, the murdered are rumored to still haunt their former home.
When he doesn’t return, his classmates must go in to get him. Inside they discover the truth about the house, the fate of their friend, and their own fate as well.
This one should not be confused with the 2018 psychological horror film of the same name from Blumhouse directed by Dennis Iliadis and starring Topher Grace. You’re looking for the low-budget, partial-found footage film directed by veteran stuntman and stunt coordinator Johnny Martin (Vengeance: A Love Story, Hangman) and distributed by Gravitas Ventures.
The film was shot at a house in Oakland, California, previously featured in Burnt Offerings, Phantasm and So I Married an Axe Murderer.
Delirium (2018) is readily available to watch for free on multiple platforms, including Hulu, Tubi, Pluto TV, and Vudu Free.
2. Fright Night 2: Fresh Blood (2013)
Young college students studying abroad in Romania suddenly learn a scary truth about their new professor. It turns out that the beautiful educator named Gerri Dandridge is a real vampire! Charley Brewster, Ed Bates (Evil Ed), and Amy Peterson must stop Gerri from drinking and bathing in the blood of a ‘new moon virgin’, who just so happens to be Charlie’s ex-girlfriend.
This 2013 horror-comedy was directed by Eduardo Rodríguez. It is a direct-to-video homage sequel to the 2011 remake of Fright Night. None of the actors from the previous film reprise their roles, and the plot is similar to both the original Fright Night and its remake, Fright Night Part 2 (1988).
The film was released on DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital HD in both rated and unrated versions. The rated version runs 31 seconds shorter, with 5 cuts of explicit gore and nudity from the scene in which Gerri lures a local woman into her lair.
You can rent Fright Night 2: Fresh Blood on Apple iTunes, Vudu, Amazon Video, and other platforms.
3. The Beach House (2019)
Randall brings his girlfriend Emily to the family’s beach house, where the young people plan to spend the weekend. But it turns out that an elderly couple, friends of Randall’s father, have already settled there. The couples get to know each other, have dinner together, enjoy the evening, and ignore the strange fog that envelops the entire coast.
The next morning, the fog clears, but frightening events begin to happen.
Currently holding an 81% on Rotten Tomatoes, The Beach House is a critically-acclaimed eco-horror and a stellar debut for writer-director Jeffrey A. Brown.
The Beach House is now available to stream on Shudder.
4. Wish Upon (2017)
Quiet loser Clare receives an antique box as a gift from her father. To her surprise, it turns out that the box can grant wishes. Now she will get even with everyone who laughed at her.
The wishes come true, but not quite the way Claire intended, and with each new wish, the consequences become direr. What other payment will the box ask for in return, and what ancient evil lurks within it?
The film is loosely based on W. W. Jacobs’ short story The Monkey’s Paw and was directed by John R. Leonetti, best known for his collaborative work with director James Wan, with whom he has acted as cinematographer on five films. Joey King takes on the lead role of Clare.
It was widely panned upon release. However, it has since gone on to “so bad it’s good” cult status among genre enthusiasts and midnight movie fans who embrace the film’s campy charm.
Watch it now for free on Tubi.
5. Lake Fear 2: The Swamp (2016)
It’s March in South Florida, and a group of college students has descended upon a beach town for some spring break fun. For one unlucky group of adventure seekers, thrills turn to chills as their adventure leads them to the black waters of the Florida Everglades.
Not only do they have to contend with the flesh-ripping alligators that call the Everglades home, but they must also survive being stalked by bloodthirsty hillbilly killers when their hired fan boat breaks down and they are forced to seek shelter in a camp.
Also known as The Everglades Killings, Lake Fear 2 features a cast of unlikeable teens you’ll be anxious to see slaughtered, plus plenty of gratuitous nudity if that’s your thing.
Don’t worry if you haven’t seen Lake Fear (2014) aka A Haunting at Cypress Creek. The two films are related in title alone. Lake Fear is a backwoods cabin/occult film that feels very much inspired by The Evil Dead (1981). Lake Fear 2, however, is a straight-up backwoods slasher film reminiscent of films like Wrong Turn or The Hills Have Eyes — with a small bit of Satanic horror thrown in for good measure.
Watch it now for free on Tubi (where you can also check out the first Lake Fear if you’re inclined).
6. Anna and the Apocalypse (2018)
In an ordinary British provincial town, ordinary high school students are getting ready to celebrate Christmas. Anna has a quarrel with her father; he dreams of seeing his daughter as a university student while Anna wants to travel and has already bought a ticket to Australia.
In the pre-holiday rush, Anna and her classmates do not immediately notice that an epidemic of zombies has begun in their sleepy town of Little Haven. Soon, Anna and her friends are forced to fight — and sing — their way to survival, facing the undead in a desperate race to reach their loved ones.
Filled with heart, gore, humor, and some killer tunes, this coming-of-age zombie musical is a fun and memorable watch. It’s worth watching at any time of year, but you’ll probably be eager to add this one to your annual holiday horror rotation.
Watch it on Hoopla, Kanopy, or Pluto TV.
7. Polaroid (2019)
A vintage Polaroid camera falls into the hands of an unsociable high school girl, Bird, who works in an antique store. The girl immediately takes a picture of a colleague, and later her friend drags her out to a party where everyone also loves to take pictures. That same night, Bird learns that her colleague has died. Then, when the party hostess dies as well, Bird begins to guess who will die next.
The diabolical device kills anyone in the picture taken with it, and now a group of teens must solve the mystery of the curse before the camera kills them all.
This supernatural horror film, directed by first-time feature filmmaker Lars Klevberg (who has since gone on to direct the Child’s Play reboot of 2019) and based on his 2015 short film of the same name, received a limited theatrical release before landing on Netflix. It’s similar in tone and content to films like The Ring and Final Destination.
It’s probably not going to change your life, and it didn’t exactly get rave reviews. But there’s enough here to recommend it as an entertaining popcorn flick, and it gets a lot of help from its strong young cast. It is heavy on jump scares, which you will either love or hate, depending on your personal tastes.
Watch Polaroid now on Netflix.
8. Anonymous Killers (2020)
Four cold-blooded killers and one ethics professor find themselves in the clutches of a mysterious kidnapper and become part of his mad experiment.
Writer-director A.R. Hilton makes his feature-length debut with Anonymous Killers. It was inspired by Hilton’s dealings with the flawed justice system in the United States and his time behind bars. He spent 18 years locked up and honed his writing skills during that time, writing stories and screenplays.
Once out, he wrote a book based on his experiences and created a short film, The Death Of A Prince. He hopes his work will speak to the hypocrisy of justice in this country and show how less fortunate people are often forced to compromise their values and commit crimes, even violent ones.
You can rent this film on Apple iTunes, Amazon Video, or YouTube.
9. Anti Matter (2016)
While researching new food elements, Oxford PhD student Ana discovers the ability of new material to create wormholes (spatial tunnels). She enlists some students she knows, and the group begins experiments to move large objects and even a cat. When the question of moving a human being comes up, Ana volunteers.
The experiment seems to go well, but afterward, the girl can’t remember the events of the past few days. The story follows her increasingly desperate efforts to understand what happened and to find out who — or what — is behind the rising horror in her life.
Billed as a sci-fi/noir take on Alice in Wonderland, this film is tense, atmospheric, and thought-provoking. It also boasts some stellar visual effects.
Watch it for free on many outlets, including Hoopla, Tubi, Pluto, or Vudu Free.
10. Raw (2016)
In Justine’s family, everyone is a vet and a vegetarian. At 16, she’s a gifted teen ready to take on her first year in vet school, where her older sister also studies. There, she gets no time to settle: hazing starts right away. Justine is forced to eat raw meat for the first time in her life. Unexpected consequences emerge as her true self begins to form.
This critically acclaimed, 2016 French coming-of-age horror film, written and directed by Julia Ducournau (Titane) in her feature film debut, premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival where it won the prestigious FIPRESCI Prize.
Though grisly enough to appease genre fans, it’s smart enough to appeal to fans of arthouse cinema. In a similar vein to Ginger Snaps, the film is as much a thoughtful, feminist examination of womanhood as it is a cannibalistic horror film. It offers an unflinching look at the horrors many young women face in college.
Watch Raw now on Netflix.