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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! And if you love being scared, check out our list of good ghost movies to creep you out.

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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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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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Wrong Turn is listed (or ranked) 3 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 Mass... is listed (or ranked) 4 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 Cabin in the Woods ... is listed (or ranked) 5 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 Ritual is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
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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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The Blair Witch Project ... is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Evil Dead II is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Tucker & Dale vs. Ev... is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Predator is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
ShahramIjazQadir added 1987
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Misery is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Cabin Fever is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Sleepaway Camp is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Wolf Creek is listed (or ranked) 14 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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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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I Spit on Your Grave is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Evil Dead is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
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Pumpkinhead is listed (or ranked) 18 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) 19 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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Dead End is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
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Secret Window is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
2004
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Hatchet is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
2006
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The Burning is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
1981
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The Hallow is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
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Dead Snow is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
2009
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