horror The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods  

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List Rules 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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Friday the 13th Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer

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The Evil Dead Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi

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The Cabin in the Woods Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver, Amy Acker

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Wrong Turn Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Kevin Zegers

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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal

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Misery Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan

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Cabin Fever Eli Roth, Cerina Vincent, Jordan Ladd

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The Blair Witch Project Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams

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Evil Dead II Bruce Campbell, Kassie DePaiva, Ted Raimi

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Tucker & Dale vs. Evil Katrina Bowden, Alan Tudyk, Chelan Simmons

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Wolf Creek Teresa Palmer, John Jarratt, Kestie Morassi

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I Spit on Your Grave Sarah Butler, Andrew Howard, Tracey Walter

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Dead End Amber Smith, Lin Shaye, Alexandra Holden

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Predator is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
Predator Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers

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Mama Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Daniel Kash

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Sleepaway Camp Mike Kellin, Katherine Kamhi, Robert Earl Jones

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Pumpkinhead Mayim Bialik, Lance Henriksen, George Buck Flower

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Eden Lake Michael Fassbender, Kelly Reilly, Jack O'Connell

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Secret Window Johnny Depp, Maria Bello, John Turturro

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Hatchet Tony Todd, Robert Englund, Mercedes McNab

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The Burning Holly Hunter, Jason Alexander, Fisher Stevens

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The Woods Rachel Nichols, Bruce Campbell, Patricia Clarkson

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The Hallow is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
The Hallow

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Severance Toby Stephens, Danny Dyer, Laura Harris

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Motel Hell Rory Calhoun, Wolfman Jack, Paul Linke

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Antichrist Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Storm Acheche Sahlstrøm

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Dead Snow Ane Dahl Torp, Bjørn Sundquist, Vegar Hoel

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The Woman Angela Bettis, Marcia Bennett, Carlee Baker

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The Guardian Carey Lowell, Miguel Ferrer, Xander Berkeley

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Evil Dead Jane Levy, Jessica Lucas, Shiloh Fernandez

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Willow Creek Peter Jason, Bryce Johnson, Alexie Gilmore

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The Cottage Andy Serkis, Jennifer Ellison, Doug Bradley

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The Hunted Johnny Cash, Tommy Lee Jones, Benicio del Toro

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Incident On and Off a Mountain Road Bree Turner, Ethan Embry, Angus Scrimm

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Alien Abduction Jillian Clare, Walter Phelan, Katherine Sigismund

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The Jungle

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Sheitan Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, Leïla Bekhti

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YellowBrickRoad Cassidy Freeman, Lee Wilkof, Tara Giordano-Dean

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Hangar 10 Robert Curtis, Abbie Salt, Danny Shayler

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Evidence Radha Mitchell, Stephen Moyer, Caitlin Stasey

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The Broken Lena Headey, Richard Jenkins, Michelle Duncan

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Don't Go in the Woods Mary Gail Artz, Angie Brown, Ken Carter

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The Old Dark House Boris Karloff, Charles Laughton, Gloria Stuart

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Lake Dead Dan Woods, Kelsey Crane, Christian Stokes

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Small Town Folk Warwick Davis, Howard Lew Lewis, Dan Palmer

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The Woods Have Eyes Frank Adonis, Michael Bolten, Darla Delgado

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Monster Man Eric Jungmann, Michael Bailey Smith, Justin Urich

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Frightmare Jeffrey Combs, Leon Askin, Ferdy Mayne

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Le Boucher Stéphane Audran, Jean Yanne, Antonio Passalia