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Now that Halloween is over, the winter holiday season is fast approaching. November is the month when countless people prepare to spend the holidays with family and friends near and far. In the United States, the busiest travel days of the year occur in November around the Thanksgiving holiday. We all know that travel (and for some, spending time with that certain member of your family) can be horrific. For that reason, this month’s Netflix horror movie recommendations all involve traveling of some kind. Sometimes the terror is found at the destination, sometimes the trip itself is the most frightening part.
11 Horror Movies About Traveling Streaming on Netflix in November 2023
Director: David Robert Mitchell | Runtime: 100 minutes
For viewers who enjoy: Curses, Methodical Monsters, Timeless Aesthetics
The traveling in It Follows starts with the movie’s monster. It is an entity that ceaselessly follows its target at a steady walk, horribly killing its victim if it catches up to them. Jay (Maika Monroe) is targeted by the entity after sleeping with her new boyfriend, and now Jay, accompanied by her friends, must move from place to place until she decides what she is willing to do to rid herself of the presence following her.
2. Cargo (2017)
Director: Ben Howling, Yolanda Ramke | Runtime: 104 minutes
For viewers who enjoy: Zombies, Outbreak Movies, Australian Horror
Traveling with a baby can take a lot of extra planning and effort. Just imagine the added horror of traveling with a baby when you know you’re infected with a virus that will transform you into a violent zombie-like monster within a couple of days. That’s the premise of Cargo, a movie about a man trying to find someone to care for his child before his infection changes him forever.
Director: John R. Leonetti | Runtime: 90 minutes
For viewers who enjoy: Swarming Monsters, Cults
Road trips with the family can be long and tedious. The road trip taken by the Andrews family in The Silence is far from tedious. They are driving to the relative quiet of the countryside in hopes of escaping swarms of killer creatures that are attracted to noise. Their van is attacked, but their trip is far from over.
Director: David Blue Garcia | Runtime: 83 minutes
For viewers who enjoy: Slashers, Gore, Requels
Wherever you decide to travel to, you should always respect the local people who live at your destination. In Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2022), a sequel to the original 1974 movie, a member of a group of people hoping to gentrify the small town of Harlow, Texas effectively kicks an old woman out of her home which leads to her death. Leatherface was close to the old woman, so now he reacts the only way he knows how… with his chainsaw (and various other implements of destruction).
Director: Christopher Alender | Runtime: 90 minutes
For viewers who enjoy: Folk Horror, Possession Movies, Witchcraft
There’s an old saying that “you can never go home again.” This is true for Cristina (Brigitte Kali Canales) who travels from Los Angeles to her childhood home in Mexico. Once there, she is accused of being possessed and is drawn into a grueling exorcism ritual.
Director: Roberto De Feo, Paolo Strippoli | Runtime: 95 minutes
For viewers who enjoy: Cabin in the Woods Movies, Big Twists, Italian Horror
Ridesharing can be convenient and cost-effective for certain travelers. In A Classic Horror Story, carpooling with a bunch of strangers leads to torture and death for people in Elisa’s (Matilda Lutz) group.
Director: Peter Thorwarth | Runtime: 123 minutes
For viewers who enjoy: Vampire Movies, Claustrophobic Horror, Airplanes
When you think about it, being trapped inside a tube tens of thousands of feet in the air is already a weird situation to willingly put yourself into. But traveling by plane is even worse when it’s filled with hijackers and vampires. It can be fun to watch though, and that’s what you (eventually) get with Blood Red Sky.
Director: Tommy Wirkola | Runtime: 114 minutes
For viewers who enjoy: Horror Comedies, Crime Thrillers, Home Invasion Movies
Going on a trip with someone you don’t get along with is an awful experience. In The Trip, a married couple have reached a point in their relationship where they literally want to kill each other. They both plan to act on their murderous desires when they get to the destination of their trip, but their plans are altered when they discover a trio of criminals are already in the cabin they planned to stay in. The Trip is more of a crime thriller comedy than horror, but it is quite violent and bloody at times.
Director: Jessica M. Thompson | Runtime: 105 minutes
For viewers who enjoy: Romance Horror, Vampire Movies, Gothic Films
Meeting family members you never knew you had can be a wonderful experience. But if you’re going to travel to another country to visit them, you should probably do a bit of research on them first. When Evie is suddenly invited to a wedding in England by a cousin she just discovered, her trip begins as a whirlwind of extravagance that leads to romance. However, when she learns the real reason she’s there, it may already be too late.
10. Bird Box (2018)
Director: Susanne Bier | Runtime: 124 minutes
For viewers who enjoy: Cosmic Horror, Post-Apocalyptic Movies
Going by rowboat is not most people’s first choice when traveling for the holidays. But when you’re in an apocalypse caused by creatures that can’t be looked at, your choices are limited. Malorie (Sandra Bullock) finds herself in exactly this predicament in Bird Box.
Director: David Bruckner | Runtime: 94 minutes
For viewers who enjoy: Survival Horror, Cults, Psychological Horror
Taking detours while traveling can be fun and exciting, but sometimes you should just stick to the route you had planned. This is the lesson learned by four friends in The Ritual when they take a shortcut through the woods during a hiking trip, and they end up stumbling into a nightmare of cult sacrifices and a horrific monster.