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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    Friday the 13th is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods


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

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    Wrong Turn is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods


    Wrong Turn Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Kevin Zegers

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    The Evil Dead is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods


    The Evil Dead Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi

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    The Cabin in the Woods is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods

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

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    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods


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

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    Cabin Fever is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods


    Eli Roth, Cerina Vincent, Jordan Ladd

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    Evil Dead II is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods


    Evil Dead II Bruce Campbell, Kassie DePaiva, Ted Raimi

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    The Blair Witch Project is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods


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

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    Misery is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods


    Misery Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan

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    Tucker & Dale vs. Evil is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods


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

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    I Spit on Your Grave is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods


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

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    Wolf Creek is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods


    Wolf Creek Teresa Palmer, John Jarratt, Kestie Morassi

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    Sleepaway Camp is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods


    Mike Kellin, Katherine Kamhi, Robert Earl Jones

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    Dead End is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods

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    Amber Smith, Lin Shaye, Alexandra Holden

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    Mama is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods


    Mama Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Daniel Kash

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    Pumpkinhead is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods


    Mayim Bialik, Lance Henriksen, George Buck Flower

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    Secret Window is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods


    Secret Window Johnny Depp, Maria Bello, John Turturro

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    Eden Lake is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods


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

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    Hatchet is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods


    Tony Todd, Robert Englund, Mercedes McNab

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    The Burning is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods


    Holly Hunter, Jason Alexander, Fisher Stevens

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    Predator is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods

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    Predator Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers

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    Severance is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods


    Toby Stephens, Danny Dyer, Laura Harris

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


    Rory Calhoun, Wolfman Jack, Paul Linke

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    The Woods is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods

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    Rachel Nichols, Bruce Campbell, Patricia Clarkson

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    Antichrist is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods


    Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Storm Acheche Sahlstrøm

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    The Guardian is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods

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    The Guardian Carey Lowell, Miguel Ferrer, Xander Berkeley

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    The Woman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods


    The Woman Angela Bettis, Marcia Bennett, Carlee Baker

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    The Cottage is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods


    Andy Serkis, Jennifer Ellison, Doug Bradley

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    Incident On and Off a Mountain... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods


    Bree Turner, Ethan Embry, Angus Scrimm

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    Dead Snow is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods


    Dead Snow Ane Dahl Torp, Bjørn Sundquist, Vegar Hoel

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    The Hallow is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods

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    The Hallow

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    Cropsey is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods


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    Sheitan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods


    Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, Leïla Bekhti

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    YellowBrickRoad is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods

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    Cassidy Freeman, Lee Wilkof, Tara Giordano-Dean

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    Willow Creek is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods

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    Peter Jason, Bryce Johnson, Alexie Gilmore

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    The Broken is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods

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    Lena Headey, Richard Jenkins, Michelle Duncan

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    The Old Dark House is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods


    Boris Karloff, Charles Laughton, Gloria Stuart

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    The Hunted is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods

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    Johnny Cash, Tommy Lee Jones, Benicio del Toro

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    Alien Abduction is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods

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    Alien Abduction Jillian Clare, Walter Phelan, Katherine Sigismund

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    The Woods Have Eyes is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods


    Frank Adonis, Michael Bolten, Darla Delgado

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    Don't Go in the Woods is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods


    Mary Gail Artz, Angie Brown, Ken Carter

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    The Jungle is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods

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    The Jungle

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    Lake Dead is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods


    Dan Woods, Kelsey Crane, Christian Stokes

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    Storm Warning is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods


    Storm Warning John Brumpton, Robert Taylor, Nadia Farès

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    Spider Baby is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods


    Lon Chaney^! Jr., Sid Haig, Quinn K. Redeker

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    Hangar 10 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods

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    Hangar 10 Robert Curtis, Abbie Salt, Danny Shayler

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    Evidence is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods

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    Radha Mitchell, Stephen Moyer, Caitlin Stasey

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    Monster Man is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods


    Eric Jungmann, Michael Bailey Smith, Justin Urich

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    Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods

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    Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien, Jeffrey Donovan

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    Small Town Folk is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods


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

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