films 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 Evil Dead Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi

395 168
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The Cabin in the Woods Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver, Amy Acker

442 158
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Wrong Turn Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Kevin Zegers

336 103
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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal

248 94
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Misery Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan

317 197
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The Blair Witch Project Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams

247 144
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Cabin Fever Eli Roth, Cerina Vincent, Jordan Ladd

255 103
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Evil Dead II Bruce Campbell, Kassie DePaiva, Ted Raimi

239 114
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Tucker & Dale vs. Evil Katrina Bowden, Alan Tudyk, Chelan Simmons

180 107
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Wolf Creek Teresa Palmer, John Jarratt, Kestie Morassi

187 104
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I Spit on Your Grave Sarah Butler, Andrew Howard, Tracey Walter

115 80
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dee123 added Dead End Amber Smith, Lin Shaye, Alexandra Holden

77 23
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ShahramIjazQadir added Predator Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers

164 124
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Mama Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Daniel Kash

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Sleepaway Camp Mike Kellin, Katherine Kamhi, Robert Earl Jones

92 52
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Eden Lake Michael Fassbender, Kelly Reilly, Jack O'Connell

118 79
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Pumpkinhead Mayim Bialik, Lance Henriksen, George Buck Flower

102 74
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Secret Window Johnny Depp, Maria Bello, John Turturro

99 75
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Hatchet Tony Todd, Robert Englund, Mercedes McNab

84 60
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The Burning Holly Hunter, Jason Alexander, Fisher Stevens

54 55
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horrorflicker added The Woods Rachel Nichols, Bruce Campbell, Patricia Clarkson

34 24
The Hallow is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
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Severance Toby Stephens, Danny Dyer, Laura Harris

65 69
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Motel Hell Rory Calhoun, Wolfman Jack, Paul Linke

61 67
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Antichrist Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Storm Acheche Sahlstrøm

75 64
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Dead Snow Ane Dahl Torp, Bjørn Sundquist, Vegar Hoel

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Ryan Hill added Evil Dead Jane Levy, Jessica Lucas, Shiloh Fernandez

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The Woman Angela Bettis, Marcia Bennett, Carlee Baker

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MatthewGill added 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

30 49
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The Cottage Andy Serkis, Jennifer Ellison, Doug Bradley

19 32
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MatthewGill added The Hunted Johnny Cash, Tommy Lee Jones, Benicio del Toro

15 31
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MatthewGill added Alien Abduction Jillian Clare, Walter Phelan, Katherine Sigismund

15 34
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MatthewGill added The Jungle

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Sheitan Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, Leïla Bekhti

28 60
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YellowBrickRoad Cassidy Freeman, Lee Wilkof, Tara Giordano-Dean

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MatthewGill added Evidence Radha Mitchell, Stephen Moyer, Caitlin Stasey

9 29
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MatthewGill added Hangar 10 Robert Curtis, Abbie Salt, Danny Shayler

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

13 41
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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

19 39
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Lake Dead Dan Woods, Kelsey Crane, Christian Stokes

16 36
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Small Town Folk Warwick Davis, Howard Lew Lewis, Dan Palmer

14 34
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The Woods Have Eyes Frank Adonis, Michael Bolten, Darla Delgado

15 38
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Monster Man Eric Jungmann, Michael Bailey Smith, Justin Urich

11 37
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Frightmare Jeffrey Combs, Leon Askin, Ferdy Mayne

11 42
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Blood Ranch Vernon Wells, Daniel O'Meara, Mike Faiola