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Horror Movie Set-Ups You'd Least Like to Be Trapped In 

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Updated March 8, 2020 12.5k votes 1k voters 26.8k views 64 items

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List of the horror movie set-ups you’d least like to be trapped in, as ranked by horror movie fans. The scariest part of most horror movies is not the jump scares or the demonic mask of the creepy serial killer.The real most terrifying aspect of any given horror movie is imagining yourself stuck in that setting and situation. A haunted house run by a maniacal butler is never scarier than when you’re visualizing yourself within those ghostly walls. Would you be able to survive a crazy serial killer with a chain saw that never seems to run out of juice? Will you be able to be smarter than the dozens of characters who get an ax to the head?

This list of horror movie premises you want no part of covers the top horror movies you would not want to be stuck in, even in your wildest nightmare. These movies have inescapable villains- from a disturbing dead girl stuck in a video tape to death himself- making it far less likely that you’d survive within that horror movie universe.

What horror movie set-ups would you least like to be stuck in? This list features scenarios like serial killer toys to walking, flesh-eating dead folks, none of which you would ever want to meet face-to-face. If your favorite horror movie premise isn't on the list, make sure to add it.

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The Human Centipede (Fir... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Horror Movie Set-Ups You'd Least Like to Be Trapped In
PeteBoyle added Ashley C. Williams, Dieter Laser, Akihiro Kitamura

Released: 2009

Directed by: Tom Six

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Saw is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Horror Movie Set-Ups You'd Least Like to Be Trapped In
Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith

Released: 2004

Directed by: James Wan

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Saw II is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Horror Movie Set-Ups You'd Least Like to Be Trapped In
Emmanuelle Vaugier, Shawnee Smith, Dina Meyer

Released: 2005

Directed by: Darren Lynn Bousman

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A Nightmare on Elm Stree... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Horror Movie Set-Ups You'd Least Like to Be Trapped In
Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp

Released: 1984

Directed by: Wes Craven

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The Texas Chain Saw Mass... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Horror Movie Set-Ups You'd Least Like to Be Trapped In
Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal

Released: 1974

Directed by: Tobe Hooper

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Final Destination is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Horror Movie Set-Ups You'd Least Like to Be Trapped In
Ali Larter, Seann William Scott, Devon Sawa

Released: 2000

Directed by: James Wong

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The Hills Have Eyes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Horror Movie Set-Ups You'd Least Like to Be Trapped In
Dee Wallace, Michael Berryman, John Steadman

Released: 1977

Directed by: Wes Craven

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The Ring is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Horror Movie Set-Ups You'd Least Like to Be Trapped In
Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette, Brian Cox

Released: 2002

Directed by: Gore Verbinski

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The Strangers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Horror Movie Set-Ups You'd Least Like to Be Trapped In
Liv Tyler, Gemma Ward, Scott Speedman

Released: 2008

Directed by: Bryan Bertino

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Hellraiser is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Horror Movie Set-Ups You'd Least Like to Be Trapped In
Doug Bradley, Andrew Robinson, Ashley Laurence

Released: 1987

Directed by: Clive Barker

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House of 1000 Corpses is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Horror Movie Set-Ups You'd Least Like to Be Trapped In
Rob Zombie, Chris Hardwick, Karen Black

Released: 2003

Directed by: Rob Zombie

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Jeepers Creepers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Horror Movie Set-Ups You'd Least Like to Be Trapped In
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Released: 2001

Directed by: Victor Salva

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Misery is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Horror Movie Set-Ups You'd Least Like to Be Trapped In
Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan

Released: 1990

Directed by: Rob Reiner

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The Cabin in the Woods ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Horror Movie Set-Ups You'd Least Like to Be Trapped In
Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver, Amy Acker

Released: 2012

Directed by: Drew Goddard

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Insidious is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Horror Movie Set-Ups You'd Least Like to Be Trapped In
Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Patrick Wilson

Released: 2010

Directed by: James Wan

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The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Horror Movie Set-Ups You'd Least Like to Be Trapped In
Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair

Released: 1973

Directed by: William Friedkin

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Final Destination 2 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Horror Movie Set-Ups You'd Least Like to Be Trapped In
Ali Larter, A. J. Cook, Sarah Carter

Released: 2003

Directed by: David R. Ellis

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Dawn of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Horror Movie Set-Ups You'd Least Like to Be Trapped In
Ving Rhames, Ty Burrell, Kevin Zegers

Released: 2004

Directed by: Zack Snyder

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Final Destination 5 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Horror Movie Set-Ups You'd Least Like to Be Trapped In
David Koechner, Tony Todd, Jacqueline MacInnes Wood

Released: 2011

Directed by: Steven Quale

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It is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Horror Movie Set-Ups You'd Least Like to Be Trapped In
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Released: 1990

Directed by: Tommy Lee Wallace

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The Shining is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Horror Movie Set-Ups You'd Least Like to Be Trapped In
Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

Released: 1980

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

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Wrong Turn is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Horror Movie Set-Ups You'd Least Like to Be Trapped In
Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Kevin Zegers

Released: 2003

Directed by: Rob Schmidt

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Halloween is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Horror Movie Set-Ups You'd Least Like to Be Trapped In
Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence

Released: 1978

Directed by: John Carpenter

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The Amityville Horror is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Horror Movie Set-Ups You'd Least Like to Be Trapped In
James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger

Released: 1979

Directed by: Stuart Rosenberg

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Paranormal Activity is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Horror Movie Set-Ups You'd Least Like to Be Trapped In
Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Randy McDowell

Released: 2007

Directed by: Oren Peli

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