Students being chased by an unknown killer, the classic wrong decisions that they make, followed by the enormous trauma that in the end may leave (maybe) only one of them alive. All these things are the perfect ingredients for a scary movie about student life. The best part is that it never gets old.

Although many of them follow the same pattern, they can still be suitable for a Halloween party, or a movie night. So, grab some popcorn and buckle up, because things can get a little scary. These are some of the most popular scary movies featuring students.

Friday the 13th

This movie’s protagonist is the antagonist and I guess you already know who I am talking about. His name is Jason and he might be considered the best horror movie villain. Besides “Friday the 13th”, he appears in various other movies, video games, and even animated series. So, I believe that anyone heard about him. He is the killer with an old-school goalie mask and a machete as his favorite weapon, and all he does is kill students. Well, he is a killer, what else is he supposed to do, right?

I Know What You Did Last Summer

This slasher film is an instant classic of this genre. In this movie, a group of students has a car accident resulting in the death of someone. After that, as the title suggests, a killer starts harassing them by sending them different messages saying that he knows what they did last summer. From this point on, the action follows the same path as the majority of student life horror films: the killer chases the students murdering them one by one.


This film is quite terrifying for American students because it is about the terrible things that happen to two American students that decide to visit Europe in an ultimate vacation. The two pals, Josh and Paxton, travel to Paris, where they meet an Icelander named Oli. From there, they go to Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, and the Netherlands in search of parties, drugs, and sex. In Amsterdam, they are told by a guy that the hostel in Bratislava is the place they need to visit. The very next day, they go there and find three beautiful women. It looks like their dream comes true, but in fact, their nightmare is just getting started.


Another classic slasher movie from the end of the 20th century. This movie is about a student girl that receives a weird phone call from a guy asking her “What’s your favorite scary movie?”. This scene really is a classic, lots of parodies being made about it even today. The guy is, of course, the killer that will try to murder the protagonist. During the movie, he will kill lots of her friends too. One more thing that is emblematic about this movie is the looks of its killer, named Ghostface.

Final Destination

Final Destination is a supernatural horror film in which its characters, who are also students, are all wanted by death. There is no way to cheat death you may say, but the protagonist of this movie will try and do so. His advantage is that he can see the future, like the way someone will die. Whether this is enough for him to cheat death or not, it’s up to you to find out.

To conclude, there are a ton of scary movies that include students, but although all of them follow the same pattern, they are special, original and have become instant classics.

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