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 Cabin in the Woods Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver Amy Acker

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The Evil Dead Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi Ted Raimi

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

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Cabin Fever Eli Roth, Cerina Vincent Jordan Ladd

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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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Mama Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Daniel Kash

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Predator is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
Predator Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura Carl Weathers

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Sleepaway Camp Mike Kellin, Katherine Kamhi Robert Earl Jones

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Eden Lake Michael Fassbender, Kelly Reilly Jack O'Connell

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Pumpkinhead Mayim Bialik, Lance Henriksen George Buck Flower

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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 Woods Rachel Nichols, Bruce Campbell Patricia Clarkson

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The Burning Holly Hunter, Jason Alexander Fisher Stevens

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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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The Guardian Carey Lowell, Miguel Ferrer Xander Berkeley

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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 Hunted Johnny Cash, Tommy Lee Jones Benicio del Toro

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Willow Creek Peter Jason, Bryce Johnson Alexie Gilmore

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

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The Cottage Andy Serkis, Jennifer Ellison Doug Bradley

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The Jungle

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Alien Abduction Jillian Clare, Walter Phelan Katherine Sigismund

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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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Sheitan Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel Leïla Bekhti

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YellowBrickRoad Cassidy Freeman, Lee Wilkof Tara Giordano-Dean

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

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The Broken Lena Headey, Richard Jenkins Michelle Duncan

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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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The Woods Have Eyes Frank Adonis, Michael Bolten Darla Delgado

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Small Town Folk Warwick Davis, Howard Lew Lewis Dan Palmer

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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

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Blood Ranch Vernon Wells, Daniel O'Meara Mike Faiola