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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!

The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods Films
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    Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi

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    Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Kevin Zegers

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    Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver, Amy Acker

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    Eli Roth, Cerina Vincent, Jordan Ladd

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    Bruce Campbell, Kassie DePaiva, Ted Raimi

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    Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan

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    Sarah Butler, Andrew Howard, Tracey Walter

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    Katrina Bowden, Alan Tudyk, Chelan Simmons

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    Teresa Palmer, John Jarratt, Kestie Morassi

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    Amber Smith, Lin Shaye, Alexandra Holden Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Mike Kellin, Katherine Kamhi, Robert Earl Jones

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    Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Daniel Kash

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    Mayim Bialik, Lance Henriksen, George Buck Flower

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    Holly Hunter, Jason Alexander, Fisher Stevens

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    Tony Todd, Robert Englund, Mercedes McNab

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    Toby Stephens, Danny Dyer, Laura Harris

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    Johnny Depp, Maria Bello, John Turturro

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    Michael Fassbender, Kelly Reilly, Jack O'Connell

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    Rory Calhoun, Wolfman Jack, Paul Linke Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Rachel Nichols, Bruce Campbell, Patricia Clarkson

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    Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Storm Acheche Sahlstrøm

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    Carey Lowell, Miguel Ferrer, Xander Berkeley

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    Andy Serkis, Jennifer Ellison, Doug Bradley

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    Cassidy Freeman, Lee Wilkof, Tara Giordano-Dean

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    Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, Leïla Bekhti

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    Ane Dahl Torp, Bjørn Sundquist, Vegar Hoel

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    Angela Bettis, Marcia Bennett, Carlee Baker

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    Johnny Cash, Tommy Lee Jones, Benicio del Toro

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    Boris Karloff, Charles Laughton, Gloria Stuart

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    Bree Turner, Ethan Embry, Angus Scrimm

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    Jillian Clare, Walter Phelan, Katherine Sigismund

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    The Jungle

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    Frank Adonis, Michael Bolten, Darla Delgado

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    Lon Chaney, Jr., Sid Haig

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    Hangar 10

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    Peter Jason, Bryce Johnson, Alexie Gilmore

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    John Brumpton, Robert Taylor, Nadia Farès

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    Dan Woods, Kelsey Crane, Christian Stokes Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Eric Jungmann, Michael Bailey Smith, Justin Urich

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    Mary Gail Artz, Angie Brown, Ken Carter

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    Lena Headey, Richard Jenkins, Michelle Duncan

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

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    Hell's Ground

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    Evidence

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    Jeffrey Combs, Leon Askin, Ferdy Mayne Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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