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The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods 

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Updated November 15, 2019 16.4k votes 3k voters 431.7k views 62 items

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

Actors: Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi, Scott Spiegel, Ellen Sandweiss, + more

Directed by: Sam Raimi

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1980

Actors: Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer, Irwin Keyes, Laurie Bartram, + more

Directed by: Sean S. Cunningham

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Wrong Turn is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
2003

Actors: Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Kevin Zegers, Lindy Booth, Jeremy Sisto, + more

Directed by: Rob Schmidt

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 Cabin in the Woods ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
2012

Actors: Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver, Amy Acker, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins, + more

Directed by: Drew Goddard

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 Texas Chain Saw Mass... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
1974

Actors: Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal, John Henry Faulk, Jim Siedow, + more

Directed by: Tobe Hooper

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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

Actors: Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams, Patricia DeCou, Mark Mason, + more

Directed by: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez

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Evil Dead II is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
1987

Actors: Bruce Campbell, Kassie DePaiva, Ted Raimi, Sarah Uriarte Berry, Dan Hicks, + more

Directed by: Sam Raimi

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Misery is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
1990

Actors: Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan, Rob Reiner, Richard Farnsworth, + more

Directed by: Rob Reiner

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Cabin Fever is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
2002

Actors: Eli Roth, Cerina Vincent, Jordan Ladd, Rider Strong, James DeBello, + more

Directed by: Eli Roth

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. Ev... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
2010

Actors: Katrina Bowden, Alan Tudyk, Chelan Simmons, Brandon Jay McLaren, Sasha Williams, + more

Directed by: Eli Craig

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Predator is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
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Actors: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers, Bill Duke, Peter Cullen, + more

Directed by: John McTiernan

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Wolf Creek is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
2005

Actors: Teresa Palmer, John Jarratt, Kestie Morassi, Nathan Phillips, Cassandra Magrath, + more

Directed by: Greg McLean

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Sleepaway Camp is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
1983

Actors: Mike Kellin, Katherine Kamhi, Robert Earl Jones, Felissa Rose, Christopher Collet, + more

Directed by: Robert Hiltzik

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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I Spit on Your Grave is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
2010

Actors: Sarah Butler, Andrew Howard, Tracey Walter, Saxon Sharbino, Chad Lindberg, + more

Directed by: Steven R. Monroe

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Mama is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
2013

Actors: Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Daniel Kash, David Fox, Javier Botet, + more

Directed by: Andres Muschietti

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Pumpkinhead is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
1989

Actors: Mayim Bialik, Lance Henriksen, George Buck Flower, Dick Warlock, Tom Woodruff Jr., + more

Directed by: Stan Winston

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Dead End is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
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Directed by: Jean-Baptiste Andrea, Fabrice Canepa

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Eden Lake is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
2008

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Directed by: James Watkins

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Secret Window is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
2004

Actors: Johnny Depp, Maria Bello, John Turturro, Timothy Hutton, Charles S. Dutton, + more

Directed by: David Koepp

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Hatchet is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
2006

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Directed by: Adam Green

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The Burning is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
1981

Actors: Holly Hunter, Jason Alexander, Fisher Stevens, Leah Ayres, Brian Backer, + more

Directed by: Tony Maylam

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The Ritual is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
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Directed by: David Bruckner

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Dead Snow is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
2009

Actors: Ane Dahl Torp, Bjørn Sundquist, Vegar Hoel, Jenny Skavlan, Jeppe Beck Laursen, + more

Directed by: Tommy Wirkola

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Motel Hell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
1980

Actors: Rory Calhoun, Wolfman Jack, Paul Linke, Nancy Parsons, Nina Axelrod

Directed by: Kevin Connor

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Severance is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods
2006

Actors: Toby Stephens, Danny Dyer, Laura Harris, Andy Nyman, Tim McInnerny, + more

Directed by: Christopher Smith

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