The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods Films

The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods

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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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  1. 1
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    Friday the 13th


    Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer

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  2. 2
    + 238
    - 66
    The Evil Dead


    Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi

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  3. 3
    + 277
    - 93
    Wrong Turn


    Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Kevin Zegers

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  4. 4
    + 211
    - 95
    The Cabin in the Woods


    Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver, Amy Acker

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  5. 5
    + 184
    - 62
    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre


    Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal

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  6. 6
    + 160
    - 83
    Cabin Fever

    most listed
    Eli Roth, Cerina Vincent, Jordan Ladd

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  7. 7
    + 159
    - 57
    Evil Dead II


    Bruce Campbell, Kassie DePaiva, Ted Raimi

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  8. 8
    + 189
    - 112
    The Blair Witch Project


    Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams

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  9. 9
    + 136
    - 59
    Misery


    Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan

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  10. 10
    + 132
    - 61
    Tucker & Dale vs. Evil


    Katrina Bowden, Alan Tudyk, Chelan Simmons

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  11. 11
    + 112
    - 58
    Wolf Creek


    Teresa Palmer, John Jarratt, Kestie Morassi

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  12. 12
    + 121
    - 62
    I Spit on Your Grave


    Sarah Butler, Andrew Howard, Tracey Walter

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    + 67
    - 45
    Dead End

    added by dee123
    Amber Smith, Lin Shaye, Alexandra Holden

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  14. 14
    + 91
    - 50
    Sleepaway Camp


    Mike Kellin, Katherine Kamhi, Robert Earl Jones

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  15. 15
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    - 80
    Mama


    Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Daniel Kash

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  16. 16
    + 70
    - 51
    Pumpkinhead


    Mayim Bialik, Lance Henriksen, George Buck Flower

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  17. 17
    + 54
    - 38
    The Burning


    Holly Hunter, Jason Alexander, Fisher Stevens

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  18. 18
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    - 49
    Hatchet


    Tony Todd, Robert Englund, Mercedes McNab

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    + 39
    - 31
    Severance


    Toby Stephens, Danny Dyer, Laura Harris

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  20. 20
    + 42
    - 25
    Eden Lake


    Michael Fassbender, Kelly Reilly, Jack O'Connell

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    - 51
    Secret Window


    Johnny Depp, Maria Bello, John Turturro

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  22. 22
    + 47
    - 43
    Motel Hell


    Rory Calhoun, Wolfman Jack, Paul Linke

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    + 34
    - 34
    The Woods

    added by horrorflicker
    Rachel Nichols, Bruce Campbell, Patricia Clarkson

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  24. 24
    + 43
    - 46
    Antichrist


    Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Storm Acheche Sahlstrøm

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  25. 25
    + 18
    - 25
    The Guardian

    added by dee123
    Carey Lowell, Miguel Ferrer, Xander Berkeley

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    + 22
    - 32
    The Cottage


    Andy Serkis, Jennifer Ellison, Doug Bradley

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    + 13
    - 28
    Sheitan


    Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, Leïla Bekhti

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  28. 28
    + 13
    - 21
    The Woman


    Angela Bettis, Marcia Bennett, Carlee Baker

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    + 35
    - 43
    Dead Snow


    Ane Dahl Torp, Bjørn Sundquist, Vegar Hoel

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    + 2
    - 0

    new! & added by ShahramIjazQadir
    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers

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  31. 31
    + 19
    - 44
    YellowBrickRoad


    Cassidy Freeman, Lee Wilkof, Tara Giordano-Dean

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    + 1
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    added by JoshuaAllison
    The Hallow

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    - 19
    Cropsey


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  34. 34
    + 10
    - 23
    Incident On and Off a Mountain Road


    Bree Turner, Ethan Embry, Angus Scrimm

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    + 18
    - 28
    The Old Dark House


    Boris Karloff, Charles Laughton, Gloria Stuart

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  36. 36
    + 17
    - 27
    Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2

    added by fisringer
    Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien, Jeffrey Donovan

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    + 10
    - 17
    The Hunted

    added by MatthewGill
    Johnny Cash, Tommy Lee Jones, Benicio del Toro

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  38. 38
    + 8
    - 15
    The Jungle

    added by MatthewGill
    The Jungle

  39. 39
    + 7
    - 14
    Alien Abduction

    added by MatthewGill
    Jillian Clare, Walter Phelan, Katherine Sigismund

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  40. 40
    + 8
    - 16
    Willow Creek

    added by MatthewGill
    Peter Jason, Bryce Johnson, Alexie Gilmore

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  41. 41
    + 10
    - 19
    The Woods Have Eyes


    Frank Adonis, Michael Bolten, Darla Delgado

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  42. 42
    + 16
    - 28
    Spider Baby


    Lon Chaney, Jr., Sid Haig

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  43. 43
    + 7
    - 15
    Hangar 10

    added by MatthewGill
    Hangar 10 Robert Curtis, Abbie Salt, Danny Shayler

  44. 44
    + 13
    - 24
    Storm Warning


    John Brumpton, Robert Taylor, Nadia Farès

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  45. 45
    + 13
    - 24
    Lake Dead


    Dan Woods, Kelsey Crane, Christian Stokes

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  46. 46
    + 13
    - 25
    Don't Go in the Woods


    Mary Gail Artz, Angie Brown, Ken Carter

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  47. 47
    + 13
    - 25
    Monster Man


    Eric Jungmann, Michael Bailey Smith, Justin Urich

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    + 7
    - 29
    The Broken

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Lena Headey, Richard Jenkins, Michelle Duncan

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  49. 49
    + 11
    - 24
    Small Town Folk


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

  50. 50
    + 8
    - 20
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    Hell's Ground

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