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


    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


    Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Kevin Zegers

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

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    Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver, Amy Acker

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


    Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi

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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


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


    Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan

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


    Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams

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


    Bruce Campbell, Kassie DePaiva, Ted Raimi

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


    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


    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


    Teresa Palmer, John Jarratt, Kestie Morassi

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    Dead End is listed (or ranked) 13 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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    Sleepaway Camp is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods


    Mike Kellin, Katherine Kamhi, Robert Earl Jones

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


    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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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers

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


    Johnny Depp, Maria Bello, John Turturro

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


    Michael Fassbender, Kelly Reilly, Jack O'Connell

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    Hatchet is listed (or ranked) 20 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) 21 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods


    Holly Hunter, Jason Alexander, Fisher Stevens

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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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    The Woods is listed (or ranked) 23 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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    Motel Hell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods


    Rory Calhoun, Wolfman Jack, Paul Linke

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


    Angela Bettis, Marcia Bennett, Carlee Baker

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

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    Carey Lowell, Miguel Ferrer, Xander Berkeley

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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


    Ane Dahl Torp, Bjørn Sundquist, Vegar Hoel

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


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


    Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, Leïla Bekhti

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

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    The Hallow

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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 Hunted is listed (or ranked) 36 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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    The Broken is listed (or ranked) 37 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) 38 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods


    Boris Karloff, Charles Laughton, Gloria Stuart

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

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    The Jungle

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    Don't Go in the Woods is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods


    Mary Gail Artz, Angie Brown, Ken Carter

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    The Woods Have Eyes is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods


    Frank Adonis, Michael Bolten, Darla Delgado

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

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    Jillian Clare, Walter Phelan, Katherine Sigismund

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


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

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


    Dan Woods, Kelsey Crane, Christian Stokes

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    Hangar 10 is listed (or ranked) 45 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) 46 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) 47 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods


    Eric Jungmann, Michael Bailey Smith, Justin Urich

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    Small Town Folk is listed (or ranked) 48 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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    Frightmare is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods


    Jeffrey Combs, Leon Askin, Ferdy Mayne

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    Blood Ranch is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods


    Vernon Wells, Daniel O'Meara, Mike Faiola

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