Top 5 student horror movies

Top 5 student horror movies

Featuring Black Christmas, Pieces, Vamp, Scream 2 and The House of the Devil

Student life can be terrifying – and we're not just talking about the hangovers. According to the movies, university campuses run red with blood (particularly in America, for some reason).

Henry Northmore bolts screaming from five of the best cult student horror films.

Black Christmas (1974)

Perhaps best to save this one for December, but many consider Black Christmas to be the first modern slasher movie (it predates Halloween by four years). An unseen killer lurks in a sorority house, picking off the occupants one by one before they head home for the holidays. The perfect antidote to all the usual festive cheer. Avoid the inferior 2006 remake.

Pieces (1982)

There's a killer on campus and he's using a chainsaw to make his own human jigsaw puzzle. Gory, sloppy and packed with laughs both intentional and unintentional. So bad and truly bonkers that it borders on genius. The climax in particular is just pure nutzoid deranged madness.

Vamp (1986)

Three hapless students aim to hire a stripper for their upcoming frat party. Unfortunately for them, they end up in a strip club populated by vampires (with Grace Jones playing the lead bloodsucker, Queen Katrina) in this gloriously camp 80s horror comedy.

Scream 2 (1997)

The second instalment of Wes Craven's meta-horror phenomenon finds Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) at college and being stalked by a copycat killer resurrecting the Ghostface guise. A deconstruction of slasher cinema which parodies the concept of sequels.

The House of the Devil (2009)

College kid Samantha (Jocelin Donahue) thinks she's just going to be babysitting for the night but ends up deep in a world of psychotic killers and satanic worship in writer / director Ti West's pitch-perfect homage to 70s / 80s genre movies.

House of the Devil

  • 2009
  • US
  • 1h 35min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Ti West
  • Cast: Jocelin Donahue, Andre Dussollier, Jean-Pierre Marielle

Set in the 1980s, college student Samantha Hughes (Donahue) takes a babysitting job only to find that her clients plan to use her in a satanic ritual.

Black Christmas

  • 1974
  • Canada
  • 1h 38min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Bob Clark
  • Cast: Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, John Saxon
  • UK release: 12 October 1975

Yuletide stalk'n'slash fun as a group of sorority girls are picked off by a mysterious killer.


  • 1982
  • Italy / Spain / Puerto Rico
  • 1h 25min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Juan Piquer Simón
  • Cast: Christopher George, Lynda Day George, Frank Braña

This cult classic shows what happens when a chainsaw killer decides to make a human jigsaw from teenage students' body parts.


  • 1986
  • US
  • 1h 34min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Richard Wenk
  • Cast: Chris Makepeace, Sandy Baron, Robert Rusler, Dedee Pfeiffer, Gedde Watanabe, Grace Jones

Scream 2

  • 1997
  • US
  • 2h
  • 18
  • Directed by: Wes Craven
  • Cast: David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jamie Kennedy, Laurie Metcalf, Jerry O'Connell, Jada Pinkett Smith, Liev Schreiber