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The Best Horror Movies Set In The Woods

Updated September 30, 2020 14.6k votes 3.2k voters 446.2k views44 items

List RulesHorror films with an outdoors, camping, or forest setting

Do the woods scare you? Do they bring you an uneasy feeling? Many Hollywood horror movies have been set in the woods because forests are dark, creepy, possibly haunted, 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 (usually a group of friends) trip over roots and call for help that will never come. Ranked in order of the most popular horror movies set in the woods to the least popular, these films portray the ultimate feeling of fright by using the woods as a setting.

When you see a particularly great horror or thriller movie set in the woods (like a terrifying summer camp or particularly about a doomed hiking trip), go ahead and give it a vote up so other fans know what to watch next. 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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  • 1
    The Evil Dead
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    ActorsBruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi, Scott Spiegel, Ellen Sandweiss

    Directed bySam Raimi

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  • 2
    Friday the 13th
    699
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    ActorsKevin Bacon, Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer, Irwin Keyes, Laurie Bartram

    Directed bySean S. Cunningham

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  • 3
    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    ActorsGunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal, John Henry Faulk, Jim Siedow

    Directed byTobe Hooper

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  • 4
    Wrong Turn
    637
    250

    ActorsEliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Kevin Zegers, Lindy Booth, Jeremy Sisto

    Directed byRob Schmidt

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  • 5
    The Cabin in the Woods

    ActorsChris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver, Amy Acker, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins

    Directed byDrew Goddard

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  • 6
    The Blair Witch Project

    ActorsHeather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams, Patricia DeCou, Mark Mason

    Directed byDaniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez

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  • 7
    Predator
    279
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    ActorsArnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers, Bill Duke, Peter Cullen

    Directed byJohn McTiernan

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  • 8
    Misery
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    Misery

    1990

    ActorsLauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan, Rob Reiner, Richard Farnsworth

    Directed byRob Reiner

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  • 9
    The Ritual
    310
    39

    ActorsRafe Spall, Arsher Ali, Robert James-Collier, Sam Troughton, Kerri McLean

    Directed byDavid Bruckner

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  • 10
    Cabin Fever
    386
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    ActorsEli Roth, Cerina Vincent, Jordan Ladd, Rider Strong, James DeBello

    Directed byEli Roth

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  • 11
    Mama
    294
    172

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    2013

    ActorsJessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Daniel Kash, David Fox, Javier Botet

    Directed byAndres Muschietti

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  • 12
    Wolf Creek
    282
    168

    ActorsTeresa Palmer, John Jarratt, Kestie Morassi, Nathan Phillips, Cassandra Magrath

    Directed byGreg McLean

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  • 13
    Evil Dead II
    374
    186

    ActorsBruce Campbell, Kassie DePaiva, Ted Raimi, Sarah Uriarte Berry, Dan Hicks

    Directed bySam Raimi

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  • 14
    Evil Dead
    183
    68

    ActorsJane Levy, Jessica Lucas, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Rupert Degas

    Directed byFede Alvarez

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  • 15
    Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

    ActorsAlan Tudyk, Chelan Simmons, Katrina Bowden, Brandon Jay McLaren, Sasha Williams

    Directed byEli Craig

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  • 16
    Pumpkinhead
    233
    119

    ActorsMayim Bialik, Lance Henriksen, George Buck Flower, Dick Warlock, Tom Woodruff Jr.

    Directed byStan Winston

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  • 17
    Sleepaway Camp
    252
    138

    ActorsMike Kellin, Katherine Kamhi, Robert Earl Jones, Felissa Rose, Christopher Collet

    Directed byRobert Hiltzik

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  • 18
    I Spit on Your Grave

    ActorsSarah Butler, Andrew Howard, Tracey Walter, Saxon Sharbino, Chad Lindberg

    Directed bySteven R. Monroe

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  • 19
    Dead End
    180
    131

    ActorsAmber Smith, Lin Shaye, Alexandra Holden, Ray Wise, Steve Valentine

    Directed byJean-Baptiste Andrea, Fabrice Canepa

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  • 20
    Hereditary
    111
    73

    ActorsToni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff, Ann Dowd, Milly Shapiro

    Directed byAri Aster

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  • 21
    Secret Window
    181
    146

    ActorsJohnny Depp, Maria Bello, John Turturro, Timothy Hutton, Charles S. Dutton

    Directed byDavid Koepp

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  • 22
    Hatchet
    141
    120

    ActorsTony Todd, Robert Englund, Mercedes McNab, Richard Riehle, Kane Hodder

    Directed byAdam Green

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  • 23
    Annihilation
    77
    55

    ActorsNatalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny

    Directed byAlex Garland

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  • 24
    The Burning
    121
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    ActorsHolly Hunter, Jason Alexander, Fisher Stevens, Leah Ayres, Brian Backer

    Directed byTony Maylam

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    Dead Snow
    127
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    ActorsAne Dahl Torp, Bjørn Sundquist, Vegar Hoel, Jenny Skavlan, Jeppe Beck Laursen

    Directed byTommy Wirkola

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