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A compendium of eight ghost stories, all set within an abandoned hotel in Suffolk.

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The flickering sign of a rural motel at night is an all-too-familiar scene in many a horror movie. If it isn't run by a machete-wielding psychopath, it's haunted by posthumous twins or contains a singular death-inducing room.

"Movie fans are forever fascinated and creeped out by horror movie motels and hotels not only because the films themselves are unforgettable, but also because spending a night away from home is a very relatable experience for everyone," said Erik Davis, managing editor of Fandango.

One of the most famous examples of nightmarish lodging in film is, of course, the Overlook Hotel from "The Shining," where spirits of the dead and the very-much-alive Jack Nicholson terrorized a family during winter in the vacant inn. Another is the unforgettable Bates Motel from "Psycho."

Hotels and motels are habitually portrayed in pop culture as houses of horror with their eerie, often-secretive histories and always-too-quiet nature. They are either empty or filled with strangers — both creepy — and seem to serve as breeding grounds for the supernatural (à la the Eagles' famous song, "Hotel California") and serial killers.

"From their striking exteriors to their ghoulish interiors, the freaky movie memories these destinations have created will forever be etched into our minds," Davis told Travel + Leisure .

Here are 10 of the most iconic and downright frightening movie hotels, motels, and hostels of all time, according to ratings on Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB.

1. "Psycho" (1960)

The Bates Motel of "Psycho" fame sits off an old, barely-used highway and is run by a dual-personality murderer. What's not to be afraid of? This classic's ratings, 96% on Rotten Tomatoes' Tomatometer and 8.5/10 on IMDB, solidifies it as a forever favorite of the horror genre.

2. "The Shining" (1980)

Phantom twin girls, a spectral bartender, and a relapsed alcoholic-gone-mad are what give the Overlook Hotel its spooky reputation. That, plus its grandiose size and far-out location. The real hotel where it was filmed — The Stanley in Estes Park, Colorado — has given in to its "Shining" notoriety, even installing its very own hedge maze.

"The Shining" is one of the most popular movies of all time, earning an 84% on Rotten Tomatoes and an 8.4/10 on IMDB.

3. "The Witches" (1990)

Based on the darkly funny children's novel by Roald Dahl, "The Witches" features Hotel Excelsior, an enormous and objectively spooky cliffside edifice that goes by Headland Hotel in real life. It's located in Cornwall, England.

Although the 2020 remake starring Anne Hathaway wasn't as well received, the '90s original maintains a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 6.8/10 on IMDB.

4. "1408" (2007)

Nobody would dare stay in room 1408 at the Dolphin Hotel — or perhaps any hotel — after seeing the strange phenomena in this 2007 psychological thriller. The movie, earning a 6.8/10 on IMDB and 79% on the Tomatometer, is based on a short story of the same name by Stephen King. King has said it was inspired by a paranormal investigation of San Diego's Hotel del Coronado.

5. "Private Parts" (1972)

The fictional King Edward Hotel on Skid Row, Los Angeles, is the setting of 1972's "Private Parts," in which a disturbed resident develops an obsession with the hotel keeper's niece. Inflatable sex dolls are involved, but don't let that (nor its lack of Rotten Tomatoes reviews) deter you from watching this 6.5/10 IMDB-rated film.

6. "The Night" (2020)

Earning 5.5/10 on IMDB and 79% on Rotten Tomatoes, "The Night" highlights the spookiness of Los Angeles' Hotel Normandie. Take the remoteness out of the Overlook Hotel and you have this film adaptation of Hotel California, it seems. Like the Overlook, Hotel Normandie is aggressively haunted and gives the Iranian couple at the center of this film quite the fright. Hotel Normandie is a real — not necessarily haunted — hotel in Koreatown.

7. "Identity" (2003)

After watching "Identity," you will never pull over at a dusty motel in middle-of-nowhere Nevada on a road trip, no matter how bad a downpour you find yourself in. In this 2003 neo-noir slasher, earning a 7.3/10 on IMDB and 63% on Rotten Tomatoes, something is killing the guests of the Desert Valley Motel one by one.

8. "The Devil's Rejects" (2005)

Rob Zombie's iconic story follows members of the serial-killing Firefly family as they run from the law, eventually winding up at the Kahiki Palms Motel where they meet up with clown villain Captain Spaulding and together terrorize every innocent stranger they lay eyes on.

"The Devil's Rejects" is a classic. Despite its relatively low Tomatometer ranking (55%), it has an IMDB score of 6.7/10.

9. "Vacancy" (2007)

"Vacancy" brings to life everyone's fear of breaking down and being stranded at a motel with creepy staff and, of course, hidden cameras. What's worse? Being trapped in a room with those cameras rolling, broadcasting your terror to the world.

Kate Beckinsale and Luke Wilson's performance earned the film a 6.2/10 on IMDB and 55% on the Tomatometer.

10. "Hostel" (2005)

Rest assured the movie "Hostel" has kept quite a few from booking hostel accommodation in Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic. Despite being set in an idyllic village, this movie centers around torture horror, and American backpackers are the victims.

Be prepared for guts and gore when you sit down to this 5.9 IMDB/59% Rotten Tomato-rated horror.

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What are the absolutely scariest hotel movies? From bed bugs to hauntings to the fact that people regularly die in the rooms, there’s something about a hotel that will always be a little bit off. There’s an inherent uneasiness in being away from home in a strange place, which is why scary hotel movies have an automatic creep factor to them—anything can happen when you venture into the unknown.

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From classic films to newer scares that have evolved to include modern “hotels” like an AirBnbs, the scary stay-away genre has a multitude of films for horror fans to enjoy. Here are the best hotel (and motel, inns, AirBnb etc.) horror movies. Make sure if you’re watching this from the comfort of a king-sized hotel bed you double-check those locks.

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Psycho (1960).

Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates in Psycho (1960).

Arguably the first modern horror movie , Psycho (1960) follows Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) who is on the run after embezzling $40,000 from her employer. She stops for a night at the Bates Motel, hiding the money inside of a newspaper, and meets the peculiar and reclusive Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins). After meeting her fate at the hands of an unseen killer in the infamous shower stabbing scene, Marion’s sister, boyfriend, and a private investigator set off to the Bates Motel to try and find out what’s happened to her only to face not only Norman but his mother Norma Bates. The Bates family home and motel are famously still on the Universal Lot and can be viewed during their studio tours.

The City Of The Dead (1960)

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Titled Horror Hotel in the United States, The City of the Dead (1960) centers on a young student, Nan Barlow (Venetia Stevenson), who is researching witchcraft in a small Massachusetts town following a recommendation by her college professor. When the young woman fails to return home, her fiancé follows in her footsteps in an effort to find her, uncovering a sinister local tradition.

Daughters of Darkness (1971)

Delphine Seyrig in Daughters of Darkness (1971).

Based on the legends attributed to Elizabeth Báthory, Daughters of Darkness is an erotic horror film set in a Belgian hotel during modern times. Báthory, along with her female companion Ilona (Andrea Rau), become fixated on a young newlywed couple staying in the same hotel. The film follows the couple as Báthory attempts to fracture their relationship in order to get what she wants from them. With eroticism and blood, Daughters of Darkness is a beautiful and stylish take on sexy vampire films .

Terror At Red Wolf Inn (1972)

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Regina McKee (Linda Gillen) is a college student who finds she’s won a trip and a stay at the Red Wolf Inn. When the other guests begin to mysteriously disappear in the middle of the night, Regina discovers there’s something much darker happening at the sleepy, quiet inn, and there is something even more shocking about the family hosting what should’ve been a relaxing time away. The “fake vacation” narrative would be repeated later in films like I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998).

Inn Of The Damned (1975)

Inn of the Damned (1975).

Set in 1896 in Victoria, Australia, a Sheriff sets off to a mysterious inn to investigate why the guests check in but never check out. The inn, run by an insane woman and her husband, are taking revenge for the deaths of their children years before. At the time of filming, Inn of the Damned was the most expensive movie to be made in Australia with a budget of AU$417,000.

Eaten Alive (1976)

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Directed by the great Tobe Hooper, Eaten Alive (1976) is a super fun exploitation movie that attempted to cash in on the successes of Jaws (1975) and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974). In the swamps of Texas, a woman checks in to the Starlight Hotel, only to be attacked by the hotel’s crazed owner and eaten by the owner’s pet crocodile. That is just the beginning of a wild film featuring the hotel owner, Judd (Neville Brand), repeatedly attacking people with a scythe and sometimes feeding them to his pet. Particularly notable in Eaten Alive is an appearance from Robert Englund as a sex-crazed man named Buck (who provided partial inspiration for the character of the same name in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill: Vol. 1 ).

The Shining (1980)

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Arguably the most famous haunted hotel story of all time, The Shining follows a troubled man, Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson), as he descends into madness in an isolated (and equally troubled) hotel. Goaded by the malevolent spirits of the hotel, Jack turns on his wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall) and psychic son Danny (Danny Lloyd). Stephen King and Stanley Kubrick disagreed about where the horror in The Shining comes from with King insisting it is scarier to believe Jack Torrance was a normal man who was driven mad by cabin fever and Kubrick casting Nicholson to play a character who seems unscrupulous from the jump.

Motel Hell (1980)

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Motel Hell (1980) is an iconic cannibal horror comedy movie about “meat entrepreneurs” Vincent Smith (Rory Calhoun) and his sister Ida (Nancy Parsons) who own a motel, Motel Hello. The siblings set traps for victims on the road near their motel, then they bury their victims up to the neck in their “secret garden,” slit their vocal cords so they can’t scream, and wait until they are ready to harvest. As the saying goes, “It takes all kinds of critters to make Farmer Vincent’s fritters!”

Tower Of Terror (1997)

Tower of Terror (1997).

Starring Steve Guttenberg and Kirsten Dunst, Tower of Terror (1997) is a made-for-TV supernatural horror movie that follows a journalist (Guttenberg) and his niece (Dunst) who investigate the disappearance of five people from a luxury elevator sixty years prior. When it’s discovered that the five people are roaming the hotel as ghosts , the pair set out to free the spirits. With shots filmed at the actual Disney ride, this movie was the studio’s test to see if there was a market to turn their attractions into films. This inspired other based-on-attractions films such as Mission to Mars (2000),  The Country Bears (2002),  Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), and  The Haunted Mansion (2003).

Identity (2003)

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Identity is a fabulous neo-noir thriller that takes place almost entirely on the grounds of an isolated motel. Flooding caused by a rainstorm strands ten strangers at the motel, and it seems as if one of them may be a killer. As the night goes one, the group uncovers mysterious connections between themselves in an attempt to uncover the identity of the killer before they all end up dead.

Hotel (2004)

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Written and directed by Jessica Hausner, Hotel is an Austrian horror thriller that centers around a young woman named Irene (Franziska Weisz) who takes a job as a hotel desk attendant after the previous attendant disappears. When the other employees seem unwilling to answer her questions or provide any explanation, Irene takes it upon herself to find out what happened. Described as “polarizing,” Hausner has said of her film : “ Hotel  is my most problematic film, in a way, because the reaction of the audience was quite controversial. Some people like the film, but a lot of people said the ending was missing; they couldn’t enjoy the fact that you cannot get any plausible explanations for what was happening.”

Hostel (2005)

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Graphic, gory , and unwatchable to some, the first movie in Eli Roth’s Hostel trilogy follows a trio of backpackers hoping to find beautiful women at a hostel in Slovakia. Instead, they meet a terrifying organization that kidnaps tourists and allows their wealthy clients to torture, mutilate and ultimately murder them. The films is part of a group of 2000s horror movies derisively labeled “torture porn” because they focus so heavily on shock and in-depth violence.

The Devil’s Rejects (2005)

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The Devil’s Rejects continues the story of Otis Driftwood (Bill Moseley), Baby (Sheri Moon Zombie), and Captain Spaulding (Sid Haig) after the events of House of 1000 Corpses (2003) . The trio of killers are on the run from the law and take a group of people hostage in a motel room. Writer/director Rob Zombie has stated that about two minutes of footage from the motel scene had to be cut for its theatrical release in order to get an R rating. The footage was restored for the home video version.

Asley Judd and Michael Shannon in Bug (2006).

Ashley Judd and Michael Shannon star in Bug (2006), a psychological horror film that can really get under your skin. Judd play Agnes, a waitress living in a run-down motel room suffering from alcoholism as a result of trauma. Agnes meets a drifter named Peter (Shannon) who claims he is being watched by the government and the pair form a bond that only increases each other’s paranoia and belief in bizarre conspiracies (including that the government infested Agnes’ motel room with bugs as part of an experiment).

1408 (2007)

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John Cusack stars as Mike Enslin, a skeptical writer who seeks out haunted houses, graveyards, and other places of lore in order to debunk the stories that have been told about them. While traveling between LA and New York, he checks into the otherwise “unavailable” haunted room 1408 at The Dolphin Hotel for one night. Despite the manager’s pleas to not stay in the evil room, Enslin goes ahead with it and realizes his grave mistake too late. Make sure to check out this film’s alternate ending if you haven’t seen it.

Vacancy (2007)

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When a married couple (Luke Wilson and Kate Beckinsale) becomes stranded at the isolated Pinewood Motel and finds hidden cameras in their room, they realize that they need to either escape or become the latest victims in a snuff film ring. Similar to films like Paranormal Activity (2007), Vacancy relied on the internet and viral marketing in order to drum up hype for the film. One tactic was TV spots with a toll-free phone number which, when called, would lead callers to a sound that mimicked the motel in the film informing them about “slashing” prices and the “killer” deals that the motel would offer—if there were a vacancy. 

Across the Hall (2009)

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Expanding on his short film also titled Across the Hall , director Alex Merkin tells the story of a man convinced his fiancée is cheating on him. After he follows her to a hotel, he calls his best friend to join him as he waits across the hall. A month after Across the Hall was released, star Brittany Murphy was tragically found dead in her home . The film would be the last to be released while the young starlet was still alive.

The Innkeepers (2011)

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Set in the real-life haunted Yankee Pedlar Inn, The Innkeepers follows two hotel employees, Claire and Luke (Sara Paxton and Pat Healy) who are determined to capture evidence of paranormal activity in the hotel before it shuts down at the end of the week. With only a few guests, the empty hotel is the perfect setting for a haunted hotel movie. Heavy on suspense and light on blood, The Innkeepers is a great light horror movie to watch with people who are easily scared.

American Horror Story: Hotel (2015)

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While not a movie, AHS: Hotel is a standalone 12-episode story set at the fictional Hotel Cortez. Lady Gaga stars as the Countess, a woman with a dark secret who oversees the hotel and its eccentric guests. The season drew inspiration from the infamous Hotel Cecil in downtown Los Angeles. Episode four of the season, “Devil’s Night,” even calls back to the Cecil’s well-documented history with housing serial killers.

Hell House LLC (2015)

Hell House LLC (2015).

Portrayed as a documentary, Hell House LLC investigates an event at a haunted house set up in an abandoned hotel that left fifteen guests and all but one staff member dead. The investigation takes place five years after the incident and includes footage taken during the original event, as well as new footage of the documentary crew searching through the hotel. Hell House LLC is considered one of the scariest films in the found footage subgenre.

Bad Times At The El Royale (2018)

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The El Royale is a creepy hotel on the California-Nevada border. One night six strangers and an El Royale employee meet at the hotel. Their secrets are revealed throughout a single night that is scary, gross, and completely gonzo. Bad Times at The El Royale can be compared to Tarantino films like Pulp Fiction (1994).

Hotel Artemis (2018)

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The Hotel Artemis only has three rules: “no weapons,” “no non-members,” and “no killing of other guests.” Jodie Foster stars as Jean Thomas, a nurse running a secret, member’s only hospital for criminals in dystopian Los Angeles. Despite receiving critical praise for its script, concept, visuals, and Foster’s performance, the film was a box office bomb.

Piercing (2018)

Piercing (2018).

Piercing (2018) opens with a haunting visual: a man is standing over his baby with an ice pick, practicing for murder. When Reed (Christopher Abbott) arrives at his hotel room, his intent is to murder a sex worker. However, he is greeted by Jackie (Mia Wasikowska) instead of his intended mark. Jackie is nothing like Reed could’ve expected, and what ensues is a thrilling ride with an unexpected twist that left critics praising the film.

Followed (2018)

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Told almost entirely through a single screencast of various videos and vlogs, Followed (2018) is a scary movie that watches as a controversial internet personality goes to a supposedly cursed hotel and brings the viewer(s) along with him. Mimicking instances like the Elisa Lam case at the Hotel Cecil, the notorious “Elevator Game,” and infamous Creepypastas , Followed is a horror movie for the digital age. The film has widely received acclaim for its commentary on millennial culture and social media .

The Night (2020)

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Iranian couple Babak and Neda (Shahab Hosseini and Niousha Noor) are driving to their Los Angeles home late one night with their one-year-old daughter. When their navigation system malfunctions, the family decides to spend the night at the Hotel Normandie. Strange events begin happening immediately and the night devolves into a nightmare from there. Variety called the psychological thriller “cerebral” and made note that the final scene is one viewers won’t be able to forget.

The Rental (2020)

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Produced, directed, and co-written by Dave Franco, The Rental is an Airbnb nightmare: what happens when you find hidden cameras on the property and realize your idyllic vacation is about to become worse than any ghost story you could’ve come up with? Four friends live out this scenario in The Rental . Franco has said that the film’s ambiguous ending was intentional, partially because it leaves the possibility for a sequel wide open.

Barbarian (2022)

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The second big AirBnb horror movie stars Bill Skarsgård and Georgina Campbell as two people who realize they’ve booked the same AirBnb for the same night. Unsure whether they can trust each other, the two nevertheless decide to spend the night together. Scream King Justin Long also stars as a sleazy Hollywood actor who is also the AirBnb’s slumlord.

More Scary Hotel Movies:

  • Slaughter Hotel (1971) – This 1970s giallo horror film is set in a sanatorium for wealthy women to rest and recuperate after psychological episodes.
  • A Candle For The Devil (1973) – Murderous sisters suffering from religious repression and paranoia attempt to hide a murder from the victim’s sister in this Spanish horror classic.
  • New Year’s Evil (1980) a mysterious killer threatens to off someone in each time zone on New Year’s Eve as a punishment for “naughty girls.” The killer repeatedly calls the host of a televised New Year’s Eve party hosted inside a hotel.
  • Ghostkeeper (1981) – Inspired by the legend of the Wendigo, several snowmobilers find themselves stranded in a seemingly abandoned hotel in this cult classic film that almost-was-not released due to budget restraints.
  • The Beyond (1981) – Filmed on location in New Orleans, this Lucio Fulci movie follows a woman who inherits an (allegedly) haunted hotel in Louisiana that may or may not be a gateway directly to hell.
  • Basket Case (1982) – A young man checks into a cheap hotel in New York City with the intent of getting revenge on the doctor who separated him from his deranged, deformed, and murderous conjoined twin he keeps in a basket. It’s kind of goofy , but it’s also kind of great.
  • Mountaintop Motel Massacre (1983) – Described as an “early 1980s drive-in gem,” this low-budget film centers around a psychotic woman who returns to her former place of employment after a stay in an asylum and begins murdering the guests one by one.
  • Psycho II (1983) – Serial killer Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) is released after serving 22 years in a psychiatric institution and the bodies start piling up at the Bates Motel again.
  • Bloody New Year (1987) – Partygoers attempt to survive a haunted hotel secluded on a remote island in this ’80s British horror movie.
  • Angel Heart (1987) – Mickey Rourke stars as a private detective who becomes entangled in a neo-noir plot involving dark forces and death in Louisiana. The film got itself into ratings trouble for a sex scene in a hotel, cutting about 10 seconds to downgrade it from an X to an R.
  • The Witches (1990) – Based on the Roald Dahl story and shot at the Headland Hotel in Cornwall, England, this cult classic starring Anjelica Huston follows a group of evil witches at their hotel convention who masquerade as normal women in order to kill children.
  • Bride Of Chucky (1998) – The fourth installment in the Child’s Play / Chucky increases the comedy in a road movie/love story featuring Chucky and his old flame Tiffany. As dolls, the two share an intimate encounter (AKA: doll sex) in a hotel.
  • I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998) – One year after the events of the first film, the murderous villain has returned to stalk the teens, this time at a luxury island resort.
  • One Hour Photo (2002) – Starring Robin Williams, this psychological thriller and voyeur film is about a photo technician becomes obsessed with a family and devolves into madness. A rendezvous at a hotel room plays a large role in the later stages of the film.
  • Red Eye (2005) – The horror in this scary airplane movie mostly takes place high in the sky but a key plot point involves a luxury hotel in Miami.
  • House (2008) – Set in a run-down inn in Alabama, this movie watches seven individuals locked in by a homicidal maniac who demands a dead body by sunrise—or else.
  • No Vacancy (2012) – A group of people is stranded at a motel inhabited by torturers and murderers. Also known as The Helpers .
  • Reaper (2014) – Horror Cult Films wrote that “The Last Chance hotel is also one of the stars of the film in its own little way.”
  • Puppet Master (2018) – The reboot of the series that started in 1989 was dubbed “certifiably bonkers and cheerfully offensive” by The New York Times.
  • Doctor Sleep (2019) – The follow-up to Kubrick’s The Shining revisits little Danny Torrance, now a grown-up, who must protect a young girl with abilities much like his own.
  • The Resort (2021) – A group of adventurous friends get trapped inside a haunted hotel resort in Hawaii.

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The Best Horror Movies Set In Hotels

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It's no secret that two of the most iconic horror movies of all time take place in hotels, but beyond Psycho and The Shining , what are some good scary movies that take place in hotels or motels? This list ranks the scariest hotel horror movies, with the help of your votes. The top spots are almost exclusively reserved for the aforementioned films, but there are plenty of other scary movies set in hotels for you to vote on below.

Although it didn't receive the highest accolades from critics, Identity is actually an entertaining motel horror film with a great twist at the end. Other examples of horror movies with hotels include 1408 , Motel Hell , The Innkeepers , and Eli Roth's Hostel .

Did we somehow miss the scariest hotel horror movie on the list? Add as many films to this poll as you want, as long as they are scary movies about motels, hotels, or hostels.

Psycho

The quintessential horror movie set in a hotel, Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho is a masterpiece the likes of which the horror community rarely sees, and even 60 years later, the film still more than lives up to the hype. A tense, paranoid thriller that diverges into something far more wicked and sinister as time goes on, Psycho is inarguably one of the best horror hotel movies in history. The Bates Motel takes center stage and has grown to become one of the most beloved and recognizable locations in all of horror thanks to its masterful use in this film, becoming a character unto itself. 

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The Shining

The Shining

While Psycho often takes the cake as the best horror hotel movie ever created, The Shining is undoubtedly the scariest haunted hotel movie in existence. Stanley Kubrick brought The Overlook Hotel to life in painstaking and mind-altering glory, creating a building that on paper makes no sense, and when realized, becomes all the more terrifying. With the ghosts haunting its halls and danger seemingly around every corner, The Shining became so beloved and revered as a haunted hotel movie that to this very day over 50 years later, fans still desperately seek the opportunity to enter The Overlook Hotel.

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1408

Stephen King and haunted hotels go together like peanut butter and jelly, and in 1408 , he created one of the most terrifying and bizarre ever seen in film. Following a writer who checks into the Dolphin Hotel in order to debunk the supposed supernatural phenomena happening in the rooms, the film quickly delves into complete and utter madness and showcases all the trademarks of a stellar scary hotel movie. With a laundry list of rooms each more terrifying than the last, a creepy concierge, and a neverending feeling of claustrophobia, and if someone is always watching, room 1408 in the Dolphin Hotel is one of the most underrated hotels in horror history.

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Identity

When ten strangers find themselves isolated in the remote Nevada desert, they have no choice but to stay at The Four Aces motel, little do they know however that they just entered the playground of a deranged murderer looking to have some fun. While Identity may not have the hallmarks of the traditional supernatural horror hotel movie, it beautifully mixes elements of paranoia, crime, and slasher to create an experience horror fans won't soon forget. The Four Aces motel plays as the perfect backdrop for our poor victims, and by the time the credits roll, viewers will be utterly stunned at the secrets lying inside the walls of the motel.

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Vacancy

Bringing to life the terrifying fear of being stranded at a creepy hotel after a car breaks down on a long road trip, Vacancy manages to up the stakes of terror by including a crazed and deranged killer who wants them to star in their next snuff film. Showcasing an incredibly creepy cast of staff and some of the most paranoid scenes in modern horror history, Vacancy and its ominous hotel shine in forcing viewers to feel a neverending sense of dread as the walls feel like they are closing in on not only our protagonists but on the viewers themselves. Tense, spooky, and frightfully fun, Vacancy is the blueprint for the best modern motel horror movie. 

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Hostel

The film that made travelers of foreign lands never, ever, ever want to stay in a hostel as long as they ever live, Eli Roth's Hostel brought to light a new form of terror, masochistically mixing the horror hotel movie with the splatter film subgenre to create a hybrid so grotesque and revolting, it's hard to watch. The titular hostel in the film is filmed in such a disturbing and uneasy way that it immediately sets viewers up for scare the moment they first see it, and by the time the film ends, even the thought of ever staying at a hostel will make even the most hardcore of horror fans shudder.

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Doctor Sleep

Doctor Sleep

The follow-up to the 1980 horror mega-hit The Shining , Doctor Sleep may have a far more epic and grander scale than its predecessor, but at its core, the film still boils down to that haunting Overlook Hotel and the ghosts that haunt Danny Torrance to this day. With the threat of the Overlook constantly hanging over this film from the second it starts to until the credits roll, Doctor Strange is a testament to ambiance and atmosphere, as viewers know the hotel is always just off in the distance. By the time the third act comes and we are back at the Overlook, it is more terrifying than our wildest imagination remmeber.

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The Witches

The Witches

For more jaded viewers today, The Witches may seem like a silly kids' movie that lacks any real substance or true feeling of terror, but asking any 90s kid, they will undoubtedly say that the sight of these horrifying enchantresses still haunts them to this day. Taking place entirely in The Headland hotel, the film is a testament to how to get a younger audience into the horror genre by teasing them with a seemingly fun and exciting time and then scaring the bejeezus out of them. The film and its hotel may not be the scariest ever seen in film, but it is a beloved figure in horror that remains just as relevant today as it ever has.

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I Still Know What You Did Last Summer

I Still Know What You Did Last Summer

One of the strangest and most bizarre sequels in slasher horror history, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer sees a group of friends win a trip to a fake radio paradise in the Bahamas, all expenses paid, and by the time they get to their hotel, they realize a deranged killer fisherman with a hook for a hand is back trying to kill them. As absurd as the film is, it is arguably one of the most fun and ridiculous scary hotel movies to simply turn your brain off to and enjoy the wild ride. 

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Hell House LLC

Hell House LLC

A painfully frightening and realistic venture into the unknown, Hell House LLC is arguably one of the scariest movies about haunted hotels in the last 10 years. A found footage film that feels incredibly realistic and helped bring life back to the subgenre of horror, Hell House LLC uses that Abaddon Hotel to perfection, and while it doesn't reinvent the wheel, it still manages to offer a frightfully fun time. All those with Coulrophobia steer clear, as the killer clowns in this living nightmare will surely haunt your dreams.

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Puppet Master

Puppet Master

While there may be 15 incredibly bizarre and wacky Puppet Master films today, back in 1989, the original film brought the Bodega Bay Inn to life with an outstanding cast of characters, a horrifying atmosphere, and spectacular stop-motion puppetry. While the film surely isn't going to win any awards and is an absolute camp fest from start to finish, for hardcore horror fans, the mixing of the paranormal, slasher, and haunted hotel subgenres will work beautifully and offer an experience that fans won't ever forget.

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The Innkeepers

The Innkeepers

A spooky hotel? Check. Creepy staff? Check. A slow-burn paranormal mystery that brings the terror and will keep audiences guessing what is real? Double check. The Innkeepers manages to check each and every box of the stereotypical scary hotel movie while managing to feel fresh, fun, and frightful. The Yankee Pedlar Inn that is showcased throughout the film is utterly gorgeous and manages to do what the best spooky motel movies always do, forcing the audiences to desperately want to visit the grounds while simultaneously being terrified to ever even look at it. 

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The Devil's Rejects

The Devil's Rejects

The sequel to House of 1000 Corpses and penultimate chapter in The Firefly trilogy, The Devil's Rejects is a vile, masochistic, and rancid film that follows the deranged and psychotic killers as they run amok on a local hotel and anyone who gets in their way. One of the most shocking and disturbing motel horror films ever made, The Devil's Rejects more than lives up to director Rob Zombies' self-proclaimed subgenre of “Hell-billy” by creating a film so uncomfortable and gruesome it is hard to watch. The hotel in the film plays second fiddle to the terrifying killers on display, but the gross, repelling, and stomach-churning location helps add to the ambiance of utter terror.

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Motel Hell

It is only fitting that a film titled Motel Hell be one of the best and most absurd motel horror movies of all time. Taking place in the almost titular Motel Hell-o, the film is a campy cult classic that pokes fun at all the tropes of the traditional haunted hotel horror films and plays them for absurd laughs. The hotel in the film almost feels as though it is coming to life in this wonderfully dark comedy. Satirical vibes infest this would-be slasher, mixing elements of Psycho and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre to create a hellaciously fun and frightful time. 

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Don't Look Now

Don't Look Now

An incredible, powerful, and disheartening sense of dread lingers over Don't Look Now from the moment the central tragedy takes place until the bitter end, and that is all thanks to the masterful acting of Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie, and the direction of Nicolas Roeg. Taking place in the Hotel Gabrielli Sandwirth, the film feels less like a traditional haunted hotel horror movie and more like a neverending exercise in grief and mourning. While there are plenty of scares to be had, the film truly shines allowing characters to relish in the sadness presented in the hotel.

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Piercing

A visceral and haunting experience, Piercing follows a seemingly everyday man as he leaves his family for a business trip, but little do they know he is on his way to achieving a lifelong dream, committing the perfect murder. Piercing is a relatively unknown hotel horror movie, but one that thoroughly pushes the envelop throughout its entire 82 minutes runtime. Following the killer in a scary hotel movie is something incredibly unique, and the film plays with this impending sense of dread and chaos perfectly.

Bug

A film guaranteed to get under the skin of those who view it and make them look at every motel bed they ever sleep in sideways for the rest of their lives, Bug is a haunting, terrifying, and flat-out gross experience that will undoubtedly give those fearful of insects the willies. Taking place entirely in a rundown motel in the desert, the creepy crawlies make their presence known as they deliver some of the scariest scenes in any horror hotel movie of all time.

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The Night

One of the more modern scary movies about hotels, The Night is a tour de force akin to The Shining that delves deep into the psychological downfall of a man trapped in a hotel with beings from beyond looking to poison his mind. A technical marvel, what The Night lacks in story and acting abilities it more than makes up for with fascinating directorial work, haunting atmosphere, and fun frights. While it may feel a bit too familiar to those that came before it, Kourosh Ahari's directorial debut showed he knows how to make a solid haunted hotel movie.

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Hostel: Part II

Hostel: Part II

Just when audiences thought it was safe to go back to the hostels, Eli Roth returns to showcase that his game-changing splatter hotel horror movie was just the beginning. Ramping the violence and gore up to eleven, Hostel: Part II ditches any pretense of story, rhyme, or reason, and instead offers horror fans exactly what they want, a devastating, terrifying, and gruesome exploitation film that toes the line between reality and fiction. Some of the most intense and remarkable feats of horror are achieved in the titular hostel, which manages to come to life even more than in its predecessor, in stomach-churning glory.

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The Bag Man

The Bag Man

It's difficult to name a better pair than John Cusack and carry movies about hotels, as the acclaimed actor appears to be in nearly every single one that has ever been made. Taking place in yet another seedy rundown motel, this time around, Cusack plays a deadly and mysterious man who just committed heinous acts and is waiting at said motel for his boss to give him his next set of instructions. A fascinating and pulpy thriller from start to finish, The Bag Man may not offer the biggest scares, buts pulse-pounding thrills more than makeup for it.

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  1. The Haunted Hotel (2021)

    1h 35m IMDb RATING 4.5 /10 463 YOUR RATING Rate Play trailer 2:04 2 Videos 26 Photos Comedy Drama Horror Eight tales of ghostly encounters through the decades, manifesting amid the ruins of a once grand English hotel. Directors Jean Campbell Hogg Joshua Carver Adam Collier Writers Joshua Dickinson Amy L. Feeley Daphne Fox Stars Hugh Fraser

  2. The Haunted Hotel

    Release Date (Streaming): Apr 26, 2021 Runtime: 1h 35m Production Co: Film Suffolk, Nick Woolgar Films, Livid Films Cast & Crew Hugh Fraser Tim Reece Ritchie Charles Dickens Rob Jarvis The Landlord...

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    Top Critics All Audience Verified Audience Paul Mount Starburst The Haunted Hotel is an interesting grab-bag of tales with - hardcore horror hounds apart - something to offer for everyone and...

  4. THE HAUNTED HOTEL Official Trailer (2020) Ghost Stories

    Horror • 2020 Buy or rent Full Movie: Hauntings Across America (Narrated by Michael Dorn) Extreme Mysteries 3.4M views 2 years ago THE HAUNTED HOTEL is available now on Amazon...

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  6. The Haunted Hotel (2021)

    Directed by Writing Credits (in alphabetical order) Cast Produced by Music by Cinematography by Editing by Casting By Agnes Lillis Production Design by Art Direction by Set Decoration by Rebecca Gillies ... set decorator Costume Design by Mary Hunt Makeup Department Production Management Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Art Department

  7. The Haunted Hotel (2021)

    Summaries Eight tales of ghostly encounters through the decades, manifesting amid the ruins of a once grand English hotel. Eight short tales of ghostly encounters through the decades at the legendary Great White Horse Hotel in Ipswich.

  8. The Haunted Hotel (2021)

    63. NR 1 hr 35 min Apr 2nd, 2021 Horror. A compendium of eight ghost stories, all set within an abandoned hotel in Suffolk. Directors Toby Roberts Joshua Dickinson Adam Collier. Starring Reece ...

  9. The Haunted Hotel

    The Haunted Hotel. 10m. Comedy,Fantasy. Directed By: J. Stuart Blackton. In Theaters: Feb 23, 1907. Vitagraph Company of America. Do you think we mischaracterized a critic's review?

  10. The Haunted Hotel (2021)

    Most Popular. 1. 2. A compendium of eight ghost stories, all set within an abandoned hotel in Suffolk.

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    "27b" is a tale of Eddie (Andrew Hollingworth, Pet Graveyard, Suicide Club) and Betsy (Molly Scurrell) a couple whose attempt to bypass 1952's Puritanism takes a dark turn. Or saves one of them from a dark fate. Written by Victoria Manthorpe and directed by Adam Collier (With Love From…

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    The Haunted Hotel (2021) Eight decades. Eight ghost stories. Under one roof. +3-2. Please wait... Thanks for your vote! Please wait... Thanks for your vote! N/A 4.5 Share a link to this page! Release Date: Apr 02, 2021 ... Discover New Horror Movies and Get Spoiler-Free Reviews Every Friday.

  13. Tower of Terror

    SHOP Tower Of Terror Rating: NR Release Date: October 26, 1997 Genre: Comedy, Family, Horror, Live Action, Thriller Buzzy Crocker is a hard-luck photojournalist whose unexpected encounter with an old woman leads him to investigate an unexplained, decades-old disappearance.

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    The Haunted Hotel - Eight tales of ghostly encounters through the decades, manifesting amid the ruins of a once grand English hotel.2021. Stars: Hugh Fraser...

  15. MOVIES about HAUNTED HOTELS

    PG-13 | 104 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery 6.8 Rate 64 Metascore A man who specialises in debunking paranormal occurrences checks into the fabled room 1408 in the Dolphin Hotel. Soon after settling in, he confronts genuine terror. Director: Mikael Håfström | Stars: John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Mary McCormack, Tony Shalhoub

  16. The Haunted Hotel

    The Haunted Hotel is a 1907 American silent short comedy film written, produced, and directed by J. Stuart Blackton. One of the oldest surviving animated films, it combines live action and stop motion to animate objects. [1] Plot The film starts with an outside view of a small house, obviously a model.

  17. The Elevator (2023)

    Original title: Haunted Hotel 2023 1h 26m IMDb RATING 2.6 /10 93 YOUR RATING Rate Play trailer 1:13 1 Video 6 Photos Horror A reporter discovers all is not as it seems at an infamous hotel. Directors Becca Hirani Tom J. Kelly Writer Paul W. Franklin Stars Chrissie Wunna Alix Maxwell George Nettleton See production info at IMDbPro STREAMING

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  19. All Haunted House Hotel Horror Movies

    Watch Trailer When an unknown assailant preys on a haunted hotel's patrons, an event planner teams up with a mysterious tenant who's dark past is the key to freeing the cursed hotel.... Dr. Gift (2022) Comedy, Haunted House, Slasher | 80's, Campy, Haunted House - Hotel, Supernatural Serial killer, Thrill Kill, Ghosts +1 0 N/A N/A Watch Trailer

  20. These Are the Scariest Hotel Horror Movies of All Time

    10 Real Haunted Houses From All Over the United States One of the most famous examples of nightmarish lodging in film is, of course, the Overlook Hotel from "The Shining," where spirits of the...

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    0:00 / 1:34:52 The Haunted Hotel - Full Movie - Free - Horror - English Indie Rights Movies For Free 435K subscribers Subscribe Subscribed Share 17K views 1 year ago Eight tales of ghostly...

  22. 46+ Hotel Horror Movies

    Titled Horror Hotel in the United States, The City of the Dead (1960) centers on a young student, Nan Barlow (Venetia Stevenson), who is researching witchcraft in a small Massachusetts town following a recommendation by her college professor.

  23. The 20+ Scariest Horror Movies Set in Hotels or Motels

    While Psycho often takes the cake as the best horror hotel movie ever created, The Shining is undoubtedly the scariest haunted hotel movie in existence. Stanley Kubrick brought The Overlook Hotel to life in painstaking and mind-altering glory, creating a building that on paper makes no sense, and when realized, becomes all the more terrifying.