13 Great Travel Horror Movies
Lists: Eva Holland and Eli Ellison sift through the carnage to pick their favorites -- and lose a little sleep doing so
Wolf Creek (2005)
What makes this controversial Australian film terrifying, beyond the sheer, unblinking extremity of the violence unleashed on its characters, is its realism. That’s not to say that the plot is realistic—far from it. But the people, the dialogue, the set-up: it’s all natural. There are no cornball one-liners here. Instead, the movie’s three hapless backpackers joke and banter their way across Western Australia in an opening half-hour that is eerily reminiscent of your last road trip—and that casual realism makes what follows (a car breakdown, a rescue and a bloodbath) all the more horrific.
The isolation of the Australian outback just might be the ideal travel horror backdrop: simultaneously seductive and menacing, it’s the perfect home for the movie’s friendly rescuer-turned-killer.