The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods Films
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The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods

List Criteria: Horror films with an outdoors, camping, or forest setting

Do the woods scare you? Do they bring you an uneasy feeling? Many horror movies have been set in the woods because forests are dark, creepy, and hard to navigate. What would be worse than being lost in the woods while being tracked by a homicidal maniac? Famous movie serial killers like Jason Voorhees, Leatherface, and the Blair Witch all use the woods to their advantage, hiding behind trees and run-down cabins while their victims trip over roots and call for help that will never come. Ranked in order of the most popular horror movie set in the woods to the least popular, these films portray the ultimate feeling of fright by using the woods as a setting.

If you know a particularly great horror movie with a woods setting (like a terrifying summer camp or particularly doomed hiking trip), go ahead and add it to the list to give others the same frightening experience that you enjoyed. Or, you can copy and paste from this list to make your own list of the best horror movies set in the woods. The Cabin in the Woods had an obvious woods setting, but did you know Ash Williams is stuck in the woods throughout the Evil Dead franchise?

If you are a fan of horror movies and love the added creepy elements of a wooded setting, browse through this list of the best horror movies set in the woods to find a new favorite scary movie. After a night of frightening horror movies in the woods, you may never set foot in nature again!

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    Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer

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    Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Kevin Zegers

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    Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi

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    Eli Roth, Cerina Vincent, Rider Strong

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    Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver, Amy Acker

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    Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams

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    Katrina Bowden, Alan Tudyk, Chelan Simmons

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    Bruce Campbell, Kassie DePaiva, Ted Raimi

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    Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal, Gunnar Hansen

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    Tracey Walter, Sarah Butler, Chad Lindberg

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    Amber Smith, Lin Shaye, Ray Wise

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    Teresa Palmer, John Jarratt, Kestie Morassi

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    Mike Kellin, Robert Earl Jones, Felissa Rose

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    Toby Stephens, Danny Dyer, Laura Harris

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    Holly Hunter, Jason Alexander, Fisher Stevens

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    Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Daniel Kash

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    Johnny Depp, Maria Bello, John Turturro

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    Rachel Nichols, Bruce Campbell, Patricia Clarkson

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    Mayim Bialik, Lance Henriksen, George Buck Flower

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    Robert Englund, Mercedes McNab, Richard Riehle

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    Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Storm Acheche Sahlstrøm

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    Rory Calhoun, Wolfman Jack, Nancy Parsons

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    Andy Serkis, Jennifer Ellison, Steven Berkoff

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    Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, Roxane Mesquida

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    Michael Fassbender, Kelly Reilly, Jack O'Connell

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    Cassidy Freeman, Lee Wilkof, Laura Heisler

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    Angela Bettis, Marcia Bennett, Carlee Baker

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    Lon Chaney, Jr., Sid Haig, Mantan Moreland

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    John Brumpton, Robert Taylor, Nadia Farès

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    Boris Karloff, Charles Laughton, Gloria Stuart

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    Jeffrey Combs, Leon Askin, Ferdy Mayne

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