The endless playing of the song may be over, but the weather outside is still frightful.  You could certainly do with a vacation!  While actually going someplace takes money, time and, ugh, effort, clicking “Play” on your remote can whisk you away to a far away land where you can watch other people on vacation, which is just as good!  Especially if all of their vacations end horribly, as most of those in the batch below do.  Just think — if you dared to leave the house, your vacation could be filled with murder, betrayal, or Harvey Lembeck.


10.  Come Out and Play (2012)

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A remake of 1972’s WHO CAN KILL A CHILD?, Makinov’s flick concerns a couple who vacation on an island and find their plans for future parenthood questioned by the SWARMS OF EVIL CHILDREN.


9. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)


When rich couple Dickie (Jude Law) and Marge (Gwyneth Paltrow) go to Italy for vacation, they fight their trek harmed by a psychopath who wants to take their identities in Anthony Minghella’s solid adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s book, previously adapted as PURPLE NOON.


8.  The Girl Who Knew Too Much (1963)

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Mario Bava directed this early giallo film about a young woman who spends her holiday in Rome and witnesses a murder as part of her sight seeing.  Can John Saxon help?  Maybe!

7.  Inspector Bellamy (2009)


In the final film of director Claude Cabrol, Gerard Depardieu plays a detective on vacation who chances upon some foul play that may or may not be imagined.


6.  Blue Summer (1973)

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There aren’t nearly enough films of the late sexploitation director Chuck Vincent available. This is one of his first, a film about two recent high school graduates sexing their way around the country during summer vacation, and while it delivers the required sexual punches, it’s also surprisingly poignant.

5.  Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2010)




Eli Craig’s horror comedy is a rare thing — a film that manages to be grotesque and hilariously funny.  A bunch of generic teenagers take a vacation to a lakefront cabin and encounter a pair of hillbillies (Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine) and soon end up getting picked off one by one, though not in the expected way.

4.  Sightseers (2012)

Directed by KILL LIST‘s Ben Wheatley, SIGHTSEERS is a morbid-as-hell comedy about a newly-dating couple that take a trip to England’s countryside together, only to wind up on a murderous rampage. It happens.

3.  Beach Party (1963)

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The beach flick that started them all isn’t the nuttiest of the group, but William Asher’s flick set all of the archetypes in place — low-rent relationship drama is just an excuse to watch rock’n’roll numbers and lots of attractive young people in skimpy clothing. Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello star, of course, with Robert Cummings, Dorothy Malone, Morey Amsterdam, John Ashley, Jody McCrea, Dick Dale and the Del Tones, Vincent Price and Harvey Lembeck.

2.  Swimming Pool (2003)

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Francois Ozon’s excellent thriller stars Charlotte Rampling as a mystery writer who takes a vacation to her publisher’s country house in order to get over writer’s block, only to find another mystery when a woman claiming to be her publisher’s daughter shows up.


1.  Funny Games (1997)

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Michael Haneke’s thriller about a family of three taken hostage by a duo of young psychos is essentially designed to frustrate viewers, making it the perfect capper to a vacation weekend. Have the family settle in, click “play” and enjoy the last moments you’ll have in anyone’s will.

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