Road horror: 20 thrillers and horror films about the road

In the old days, a person setting off on a long journey was given amulets against dashing people, terrible animals and supernatural creatures. Modern travelers do not particularly bother with such superstitions, although they also run the risk of encountering various horrors. However, no magic can save you from crazy fellow travelers, maniac truckers, ghost cars and other characters of thrillers and horror films about the road. It remains only to look and be afraid!

Ice Drive (2021)

There was an accident at the diamond mine. To save the trapped people, you need to deliver several trucks with equipment to the scene. The only route runs through the lake with thin April ice. Any negligence on the part of the drivers threatens with certain death, but some ill-wisher really does not want help to come to the miners. Filming of the new movie took place on a real ice road at a temperature of minus 40 degrees.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
The Ice Road

Actors:
Liam Neeson, Laurence Fishburne, Benjamin Walker …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 5.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Furious (2020)

In a scary movie about psychos on the road, we are reminded to be polite to strangers. Divorce proceedings with her husband, delays due to traffic jams and a conflict with a client completely exhaust the heroine’s nerves. The woman breaks down on the driver who hesitated at a traffic light. The offended man demands an apology. The heroine leaves, not even suspecting that the indignant fat man committed a murder the day before and now does not mind taking another life.

Original title:
Unhinged

Actors:
Russell Crowe, Jimmi Simpson, Karen Pistorius …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.0

Age Limits :
18+


Pursuit (2019)

A family with two children goes to visit their grandparents. Annoying calls from parents, daughters quarreling in the back seat and slow drivers bring the father to white heat. The head of the family makes a dangerous maneuver and quarrels with an old man who is driving a white van. The indignant minivan driver insists on an apology, and without receiving satisfaction, proceeds to harassment and threats.

Original title:
Bumperkleef

Actors:
Jeroen Spitsenberger, Annick Feifer, Rosemary van der Hoek …

Country:
Netherlands

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.2, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Dangerous Fellow Travelers (2015)

An interesting horror film about what hitchhikers can expect on the road. Residents of one of the rural areas of France are not inclined to take fellow travelers, because a maniac is operating in the vicinity. American Jack and local girl Veronica can’t get away. Soon the guys manage to catch a ride. An elderly man is ready not only to give a lift, but also to provide lodging for the night. Reckless consent will turn into a real nightmare.

Original title:
Road Games

Actors:
Andrew Simpson, Josephine de la Boume, Frederic Pierrot …

Country:
UK, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.8, IMDb – 5.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Monsters of the South (2015)

The horror almanac brought together five stories that take place on a desert highway. A driver tries to save an accident victim in an empty hospital . Jazz band stops for the night with a dangerous couple. Lucky travelers are being chased by huge monsters . Masked strangers threaten a peaceful family. And the missing girl does not want to leave the city teeming with monsters.

Original title:
Southbound

Actors:
Chad Villella, Matthew Bettinelli, Christina Pesic …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:
18+


Curve Line (2014)

A selection of films about the road continues with a thriller, where the girl decided to give a lift to a man who helped with the repair of a stalled car. The companion turned out to be a psychopath. Trying to escape from the villain, a young woman turns into a ditch and gets stuck in an overturned car. The man hurriedly leaves, leaving the victim alone in the middle of the desert . The captive of his car is waiting for a long and desperate struggle for life.

Original title:
Curve

Actors:
Julianne Hough, Teddy Sears, Penelope Mitchell …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 5.5

Age restrictions:
18+


In fear (2012)

A thriller about how a couple in love is going to go to a music festival . To save money, young people booked a room in a cheap hotel on a remote road. When looking for a hotel, travelers use up all their fuel and go to places where there is no connection and the navigator does not work. Unfriendly locals are unwilling to help lost travelers and behave quite threateningly.

Original title:
In Fear

Actors:
Ian de Caestecker, Alice Englert, Allen Lich …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.1, IMDb – 5.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Territory of Darkness (2009)

In another road movie with elements of a thriller, a croupier girl and a guy who came to hang out in Las Vegas fell in love right at the gaming table. Hastily formalizing the marriage, the newlyweds got into the car and rushed towards happiness. On a deserted road, a couple hit a strange man. Having regained consciousness, the stranger did not ask for help, but showed off-scale aggression.

Original title:
Dark Country

Actors:
Thomas Jane, Lauren German, Ron Perlman…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.2, IMDb – 5.3

Age restrictions:
18+


Horror Road Whisper (2008)

A young couple on a deserted highway narrowly avoided a collision with a truck. The guy and the girl managed to notice a bound bloody woman in the truck. Having reached the nearest gas station, the guys want to report what they saw to the police , but the man who was driving the truck seems to have guessed their intentions and is now going to destroy unnecessary witnesses.

Original title:
Hush

Actors:
William Ash, Christine Bottomley, Andreas Wisnivsky …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 6.0

Age limit:
18+


Death Proof (2007)

The list of the best horror films about maniacs on the roads continues with a highly rated horror from the cult director full of trash and easter eggs. An experienced stuntman has little adrenaline on the set. A crazy extreme rider rushes along the tracks at breakneck speed and provokes accidents. On the way, the madman met a stunt girl who is able not only to survive in a car accident, but also to turn the villain from a predator into a victim.

Original title:
Death Proof

Actors:
Kurt Russell, Rosario Dawson, Zoe Bell…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
18+


Travel companion (2007)

A modern remake of the acclaimed thriller from the eighties. A couple in love in the pouring rain drives a car to a picturesque lake. The guy wants to give a ride to a strange man voting on a deserted highway. His companion is strongly opposed. Stopping at a gas station, the heroes again come across this strange stranger and agree to give him a lift. The fateful meeting will pave the way to a bloody nightmare.

Original title:
The Hitcher

Actors:
Sean Bean, Sophia Bush, Zachary Knighton …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 5.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Ghosts (2007)

A fast-paced film that combines a road movie and a horror movie. A student going home for the Christmas holidays takes a traveling companion. The guys decide to cut a little and move on a short, but abandoned path. Students do not even suspect that at night everyone who died on this highway rises from their graves and roams the area in search of blood. People rarely wander here, so the dead will make every effort not to miss the prey.

Original title:
Wind Chill

Actors:
Emily Blunt, Ashton Holmes, Martin Donovan …

Country:
USA, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Lost (2006)

A British couple travels along the coast of Australia. A new acquaintance convinces the guys that it is much more interesting in the depths of the mainland. Wishing for adventure , tourists set off along the course suggested by the adviser. As you move away from civilization, places become more and more deserted and frightening. Relations between lovers begin to deteriorate, and a new friend is clearly up to something sinister.

Original title:
Gone

Actors:
Sean Evans, Scott Mechlowitz, Amelia Warner…

Country:
Great Britain, Australia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.6, IMDb – 5.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Riding a Bullet (2004)

The adaptation of Stephen King’s story is worth watching for fans of thrillers based on the plots of the “king of horrors”. A student suffering from a broken relationship receives another terrible news – his mother was hospitalized with a stroke. The guy goes to the clinic, but on the way the hero expects a lot of strange encounters: frostbitten gopniks, angry dogs , the risen dead and, it seems, death itself.

Original title:
Riding the Bullet

Actors:
Jonathan Jackson, David Arquette, Cliff Robertson…

Country:
USA, Germany, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 5.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Dead End (2003)

A mystical thriller film about an unknown killer in a car. A man takes his family to visit his grandmother for Christmas, but instead of taking the usual route, he takes a shorter route through the forest. A creepy ghost woman looms among the trees , evoking a premonition of death, and a black car with an invisible driver threatens to send helpless victims straight into oblivion.

Original title:
Dead End

Actors:
Alexandra Holden, Ray Wise, Lin Shay …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
18+


Highway of Death (2003)

In a creepy horror film, a psychopath killer drives around in an old car at night and destroys careless young women. One of the victims of the villain was the wife of Renny Cray. The man devoted his whole life to tracking down the maniac and brutally taking revenge . To accurately catch and destroy the villain, the hero decides to use live bait fishing and finds a suitable woman.

Original title:
Highwaymen

Actors:
James Caviezel, Rhona Mitra, Frankie Faison…

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Road Monster (2003)

The bloody American horror film is a comedy thriller about a car chase. Two students are going to a classmate ‘s wedding . A pretty fellow traveler sits down to friends. After leaving the highway, the guys begin to pursue a huge car. Behind the wheel of a frightening vehicle sits something that brings horror and death. Losing a nightmarish race threatens the trio with a nightmarish death.

Original title:
Monster Man

Actors:
Eric Jungmann, Justin Urich, Aimee Brooks …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
18+


Wow Trip (2001)

Two brothers install an old radio station in their car. The guys come up with a funny idea with the help of this device to play truckers. A stupid joke turned into wild consequences. The driver of one of the trucks rushed in pursuit of the unlucky comedians, making it clear that he would have to pay with blood for a stupid prank.

Original title:
Joy Ride

Actors:
Steve Zahn, Paul Walker, Leelee Sobieski …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.6

Age Limits :
16+


Jeepers Creepers (2001)

The cult horror film that spawned an entire horror franchise with three sequels. Brother and sister return from college to their parents for the holidays, merrily making fun of each other. Along the way, the heroes notice a strange creature hiding bloody bundles. The monster realizes that he has caught the eye of unnecessary witnesses and takes off in pursuit in a creepy truck.

Original title:
Jeepers Creepers

Actors:
Gina Philips, Justin Long, Jonathan Breck…

Country:
USA, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Crash (1997)

The couple’s pickup truck breaks down during the trip. A trucker passing by offers to help, but the breakdown is too serious. The driver takes the woman to the city to call a tow truck. The husband remains to wait, and then receives a call demanding a ransom for the kidnapped wife. The criminals have appointed too large a sum. It will not work to collect such money, which means that you will have to act in a different way.

Original title:
Breakdown

Cast:
Kurt Russell, J.T. Walsh, Kathleen Quinlan …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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