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

Updated March 8, 2020 13.5k votes 1.1k voters 28.4k views64 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 (First Seq is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Horror Movie Set-Ups You'd Least Like to Be Trapped In
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    The Human Centipede (First Sequence)

    Ashley C. Williams, Dieter Laser

    Released2009

    Directed byTom 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
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    Saw

    Danny Glover, Monica Potter

    Released2004

    Directed byJames Wan

    Saw is a 2004 horror film written by Leigh Whannell and directed by James Wan, in Wan's... more on Wikipedia
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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
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    Saw II

    Emmanuelle Vaugier, Shawnee Smith

    Released2005

    Directed byDarren Lynn Bousman

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    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Horror Movie Set-Ups You'd Least Like to Be Trapped In
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    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns

    Released1974

    Directed byTobe Hooper

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    The Hills Have Eyes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Horror Movie Set-Ups You'd Least Like to Be Trapped In
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    The Hills Have Eyes

    Dee Wallace, Michael Berryman

    Released1977

    Directed byWes Craven

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    A Nightmare on Elm Street is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Horror Movie Set-Ups You'd Least Like to Be Trapped In
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    A Nightmare on Elm Street

    Johnny Depp, Robert Englund

    Released1984

    Directed byWes Craven

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    Final Destination is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Horror Movie Set-Ups You'd Least Like to Be Trapped In
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    Final Destination

    Ali Larter, Seann William Scott

    Released2000

    Directed byJames Wong

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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
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    The Ring

    Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette

    Released2002

    Directed byGore Verbinski

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  • 9
    House of 1000 Corpses is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Horror Movie Set-Ups You'd Least Like to Be Trapped In
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    House of 1000 Corpses

    Rob Zombie, Chris Hardwick

    Released2003

    Directed byRob Zombie

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    The Cabin in the Woods is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Horror Movie Set-Ups You'd Least Like to Be Trapped In
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    The Cabin in the Woods

    Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver

    Released2012

    Directed byDrew Goddard

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    The Strangers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Horror Movie Set-Ups You'd Least Like to Be Trapped In
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    The Strangers

    Liv Tyler, Gemma Ward

    Released2008

    Directed byBryan Bertino

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

    Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates

    Released1990

    Directed byRob Reiner

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    It is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Horror Movie Set-Ups You'd Least Like to Be Trapped In
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    It

    Tim Curry, Seth Green

    Released1990

    Directed byTommy Lee Wallace

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    Hellraiser is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Horror Movie Set-Ups You'd Least Like to Be Trapped In
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    Hellraiser

    Doug Bradley, Andrew Robinson

    Released1987

    Directed byClive Barker

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    Final Destination 2 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Horror Movie Set-Ups You'd Least Like to Be Trapped In
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    Final Destination 2

    Ali Larter, A. J. Cook

    Released2003

    Directed byDavid R. Ellis

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    Jeepers Creepers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Horror Movie Set-Ups You'd Least Like to Be Trapped In
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    Jeepers Creepers

    Justin Long, Eileen Brennan

    Released2001

    Directed byVictor Salva

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    The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Horror Movie Set-Ups You'd Least Like to Be Trapped In
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    The Exorcist

    Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn

    Released1973

    Directed byWilliam Friedkin

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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
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    Dawn of the Dead

    Ving Rhames, Ty Burrell

    Released2004

    Directed byZack Snyder

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    Insidious is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Horror Movie Set-Ups You'd Least Like to Be Trapped In
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    Insidious

    Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey

    Released2010

    Directed byJames Wan

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

    Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui

    Released2003

    Directed byRob Schmidt

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    Halloween is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Horror Movie Set-Ups You'd Least Like to Be Trapped In
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    Halloween

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards

    Released1978

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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    Final Destination 5 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Horror Movie Set-Ups You'd Least Like to Be Trapped In
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    Final Destination 5

    David Koechner, Tony Todd

    Released2011

    Directed bySteven Quale

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    Saw VII is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Horror Movie Set-Ups You'd Least Like to Be Trapped In
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    Saw VII

    Betsy Russell, Chester Bennington

    Released2010

    Directed byKevin Greutert

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    Paranormal Activity is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Horror Movie Set-Ups You'd Least Like to Be Trapped In
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    Paranormal Activity

    Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat

    Released2007

    Directed byOren Peli

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    The Amityville Horror is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Horror Movie Set-Ups You'd Least Like to Be Trapped In
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    The Amityville Horror

    James Brolin, Margot Kidder

    Released1979

    Directed byStuart Rosenberg

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