Graveyard Shift 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
1980 Friday the 13th is a 1980 American slasher film directed by Sean S. Cunningham and written by Victor Miller. The film concerns a group of teenagers who are taken out one by one while attempting ...more

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The Cabin in the Woods is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
2012 The Cabin in the Woods is a 2012 American horror comedy film directed by Drew Goddard in his directorial debut, produced by Joss Whedon, and written by Whedon and Goddard. The film stars Kristen ...more

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The Evil Dead is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
1981 This film is a 1981 American horror film written and directed by Sam Raimi and executive produced by Raimi and Bruce Campbell, who also stars alongside Ellen Sandweiss and Betsy Baker. This film ...more

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Wrong Turn is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
2003 Wrong Turn is a 2003 American horror film directed by Rob Schmidt and written by Alan B. McElroy. The film was shot in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and starred Desmond Harrington, Eliza Dushku, ...more

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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
1974 This movie is a 1974 American slasher film, directed and produced by Tobe Hooper, who cowrote it with Kim Henkel. It stars Marilyn Burns, Paul A. Partain, Edwin Neal, Jim Siedow and Gunnar ...more

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The Blair Witch Project is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
1999 The Blair Witch Project is a 1999 American found footage horror film written, directed and edited by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez. The film was produced by the Haxan Films production ...more

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Cabin Fever is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
2002 Cabin Fever is a 2002 American black comedy horror film directed by Eli Roth and starring Rider Strong, Jordan Ladd, James DeBello and Giuseppe Andrews. It was produced by Lauren Moews & ...more

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Tucker & Dale vs. Evil is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
2010 "“The hillbillies from the store captured Alison!” Tucker and Dale, two hillbillies heading to their “fixer-upper” cabin for some relaxin’, discover they ain’t alone in them woods. They ...more

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Misery is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
1990 Misery is a 1990 American psychological thriller film based on Stephen King's 1987 novel of the same name and starring James Caan, Kathy Bates, Lauren Bacall, Richard Farnsworth, and Frances ...more

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Evil Dead II is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
1987 Evil Dead II is a 1987 American horror comedy film directed by Sam Raimi and a parody sequel to the 1981 film The Evil Dead. The film was written by Raimi and Scott Spiegel, produced by Robert ...more

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Wolf Creek is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
2005 Wolf Creek is a 2005 Australian horror film written, co-produced, and directed by Greg McLean, and starring John Jarratt. The story revolves around three backpackers who find themselves held ...more

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Predator is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
ShahramIjazQadir added 1987 Predator is a 1987 American science fiction action film directed by John McTiernan and was distributed by 20th Century Fox. It stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Elpidia Carrillo, Bill ...more

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I Spit on Your Grave is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
2010 I Spit on Your Grave is a 2010 American revenge horror film, and a remake of the controversial 1978 cult film Day of the Woman. It was directed by Steven R. Monroe, and stars Sarah Butler, Chad ...more

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Dead End is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
dee123 added 2003 Dead End is a 2003 French horror film directed by Jean-Baptiste Andrea and Fabrice Canepa. Although Dead End only had a budget of $900,000 it made a total of $77 million from DVD sales.

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Mama is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
2013 Mama is a 2013 horror film written by Neil Cross, Andres Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti and directed by Andres Muschietti.

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Sleepaway Camp is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
1983 Sleepaway Camp is a 1983 exploitation slasher film written and directed by Robert Hiltzik who also served as executive producer. The film came at a time when slasher films were in their heyday, ...more

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Pumpkinhead is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
1989 Pumpkinhead is a 1988 American supernatural horror film. It was the directorial debut of special effects artist Stan Winston. While Pumpkinhead received mixed reviews, the film has built up a ...more

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Eden Lake is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
2008 Eden Lake is a 2008 British thriller film written and directed by James Watkins and starring Kelly Reilly, Michael Fassbender and Jack O'Connell.

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The Ritual is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
Roy Thore Andreassen added 2018 The Ritual is a 2017 British horror film directed by David Bruckner, based on the novel by Adam Nevill. A group of college friends reunite for a trip to the forest, but encounter a menacing ...more

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Secret Window is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
2004 Secret Window is a 2004 American psychological thriller film starring Johnny Depp and John Turturro. It was written and directed by David Koepp, based on the novella Secret Window, Secret Garden ...more

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Hatchet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
2006 Hatchet is a 2006 American slasher film written and directed by Adam Green. The film has an all-star horror film cast.

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The Burning is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
1981 The Burning is a 1981 slasher film directed by Tony Maylam and written by Peter Lawrence and Bob Weinstein. It is based on an original story by Maylam, Weinstein, and Brad Grey, with a musical ...more

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The Woods is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
horrorflicker added 2006 The Woods is a 2006 American supernatural horror film directed by Lucky McKee and starring Agnes Bruckner, Patricia Clarkson, Rachel Nichols, Lauren Birkell and Bruce Campbell. Set in 1965, the ...more

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Evil Dead is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
Ryan Hill added 2013 This film is a 2013 American supernatural horror film written and directed by Fede Alvarez. It is the fourth installment of the franchise, serving as both a reboot, a remake and as a loose ...more

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

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Severance is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
2006 Severance is a British-German comedy horror film co-written and directed by Christopher Smith. Co-written with James Moran, it stars Danny Dyer and Laura Harris. The film tells a story of group ...more

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Dead Snow is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
2009 This film is a 2009 Norwegian zombie splatter film directed by Tommy Wirkola, starring Charlotte Frogner, Stig Frode Henriksen, Vegar Hoel, Jeppe Laursen, Evy Kasseth Røsten, Jenny ...more

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Motel Hell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
1980 Motel Hell is a 1980 horror comedy film directed by Kevin Connor and starring Rory Calhoun as farmer, butcher, motel manager, and meat entrepreneur Vincent Smith. It is often seen as a satire of ...more

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Antichrist is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
2009 Antichrist is a 2009 Danish experimental horror film written and directed by Lars von Trier, starring Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg. It tells the story of a couple who, after the death ...more

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Willow Creek is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
MatthewGill added 2013 Willow Creek is a 2013 independent found footage film about a couple interested in Bigfoot lore, written and directed by Bobcat Goldthwait. The film was premiered at the 2013 Independent Film ...more

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Cropsey is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
2009 Cropsey is a 2009 American documentary film written and directed by Joshua Zeman and Barbara Brancaccio. The film initially begins as an examination of "Cropsey," a boogeyman-like ...more

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The Woman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
2011 The Woman is a 2011 American horror film directed by Lucky McKee, adapted by McKee and Jack Ketchum from Ketchum's novel of the same name. This movie is a sequel to the film Offspring. The film ...more

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The Guardian is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
dee123 added 1990 The Guardian is a 1990 American horror and fantasy film co-written and directed by William Friedkin. It stars Jenny Seagrove as a mysterious nanny who is hired by new parents, played by Dwier ...more

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

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The Cottage is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
2008 The Cottage is a 2008 British darkly comic horror film, written and directed by Paul Andrew Williams.

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Hereditary is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
2018 Hereditary is a 2018 American horror film directed by Ari Aster. As an overwhelming terror takes over their household, the Graham family's peaceful existence is ripped apart, forcing their ...more

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The Hunted is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
MatthewGill added 2003 The Hunted is a 2003 American action thriller film directed by William Friedkin and starring Tommy Lee Jones and Benicio del Toro. Brian Tyler composed the film's score.

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Incident On and Off a Mountain... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
2005 Incident On and Off a Mountain Road is the premiere episode of the first season of Masters of Horror directed by Don Coscarelli. It originally aired in North America on October 28, 2005. The ...more

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Annihilation is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
Annihilation is a 2018 science fantasy action horror film directed by Alex Garland, based on the novel by Jeff VanderMeer. A biologist (Natalie Portman) signs up for a dangerous, secret ...more

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Alien Abduction is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
MatthewGill added 2014 Alien Abduction is a 2014 found footage science fiction horror film and the directorial debut of Matty Beckerman. The movie was released to VOD on April 4, 2014, and also had a limited ...more

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Sheitan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
2006 Sheitan is a 2006 French horror/erotic comedy film. It was directed by first time director Kim Chapiron, and written by Kim and Christian Chapiron. It stars and was co-produced by Vincent ...more

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Evidence is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
MatthewGill added 2013 Evidence is a 2012 thriller film written by John Swetnam and directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi.

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YellowBrickRoad is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
2010 YellowBrickRoad is a 2010 horror film by Jesse Holland and Andy Mitton that stars Cassidy Freeman, Anessa Ramsey and Laura Heisler. It is about an expedition that seeks to find out the fate of ...more

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Gerald's Game is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
Gerald's Game is a 2017 American survival horror film directed by Mike Flanagan, based on Stephen King's novel. While trying to spice up their marriage in their remote lake house, Jessie (Carla ...more

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He's Out There is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
2018 He's Out There is a 2018 American horror film directed by Quinn Lasher. A mother (Yvonne Strahovski) with her two young daughters take a break at a house on a lake - unfortunately they must deal ...more

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Mandy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
2018 Mandy is a 2018 American action horror film directed by Panos Cosmatos. When a vile band of ravaging cultists and supernatural creatures desecrate his idyllic home with vicious fury, Red ...more

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Don't Go in the Woods is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
1980 Don't Go in the Woods is a 1981 slasher film directed by James Bryan and written by Garth Eliassen. It is one of the infamous "Video Nasties" that was banned in the United Kingdom in

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The Old Dark House is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
1932 The Old Dark House is an American comedy and horror film directed by James Whale and starring Boris Karloff. The film is based on the 1927 novel Benighted by J. B. Priestley. The supporting cast ...more

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The Broken is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
2008 The Broken is a French-British horror film written and directed by Sean Ellis and starring Lena Headey.

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Lake Dead is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
2007 Lake Dead is a 2007 American horror film directed by George Bessudo. It was released as part of the 2007 After Dark Horrorfest. The film follows a group of teenagers who inherit a motel on a ...more