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Best Camping Horror Movies: Films Set in the Woods

Although it might seem like a cliché, the woods is one of the most common settings for horror movies. A lot of the settings take place in the campsite, with twists and thrills that go beyond what you can imagine. With this, if you are thinking about the best camping horror movies, keep on reading the rest of this post and we’ll let you know some of the best films to watch.

Friday The 13th

Although this movie was released in the 1980s, it remains to be one of the most popular horror movies that take place in a campsite. Counselors from Camp Crystal Lake are preparing to lead their campers. Unexpectedly, a killer interrupts the preparations and starts killing the counselors one by one. It is complemented with 80s rock music to make the movie offer more for the senses. This is one of the films that will make you jump out of your seat, as claimed by critics who also noted that the movie is visually stunning, perhaps ahead of its time.


Released in 1972, it is another classic that does not fail to make it to many lists of the best camping horror movies. More than being a thrilling movie, it is also quite sensitive on social issues as it revolves around rape. A group of white and heterosexual men were the center of the story. This is quite different in the sense that it presented rape in the eyes of men, who happen to be the victims in the story.

The Cabin in the Woods

Wicked and twisted but fun – these are some of the words that have been used by the press to describe this movie when it was released. The story centers on a group of teenage students who decided to have fun on a weekend and stay in a remote cabin. They were confronted with backwood zombies who made their stay filled with thrill and mystery. Tothicken the plot, it turns out that there are two technicians who are underground and trying to manipulate the events. The good thing about this movie is that it is also filled with humor, making it more entertaining.

The Blair Witch Project

Although this movie is produced with a small budget, it became a huge box-office hit, making it one of the most successful independent films of all time. It recounts the story of three student filmmakers who got lost in the woods while they are trying to film a documentary about Blair Witch, a local legend. While the three have not been found, their shooting equipment have been found. The recovered footage is the movie that you will be watching, which tells the backstory of how the three got lost and what happened to them.


​If you are camping in a national forest, this is one movie that will surely give you the thrill. It tells the story of a 18-foot tall grizzly bear that has invaded the woods. The man-eating bear is bigger than what you could imagine, which makes it terrifying. As the tagline of the movie states, this grizzly bear is perhaps the one that has the most dangerous jaws on land. Watch this movie if you plan to camp in a place with a reputation of having bears. See what the campers did, but we cannot promise you that they will help you survive.

Long Weekend

​This movie tells a story about everything that you do not want to experience when you camp on a long weekend. It is all about a couple who went on a vacation who disrespected nature. Nature fought back, which is where the thrill peaks. It had its revenge against the couple who has acted disrespectful. It shows how nature has a way of fighting back. More than just being thrilling, it is also filled with lessons. For sure, you would not want to mess with nature after watching this movie.

Eden Lake

​This British horror movie was released in 2008, making it one of the latest from the list of the best camping horror movies in this post. It tells the story of a nursery school teacher and her boyfriend who camped in a remote lake. They requested one group to turn down their music and this is where the plot thickens. It seems like their request has not been well-received and a group of teens started being violent on the couple. It was inspired by a French-Romanian movie wherein a couple has been killed by a group of teens.

The Burning

This is a film that will make you think twice before playing a prank in the campsite or before you make a fool out of someone. In the story, a group of campers prank the caretaker in the camp. The prank went bad and resulted to the caretaker being badly burned and heavily injured. This has prompted him to seek revenge. It uses point of view shots in the entire film, which makes it more thrilling to watch.

Cabin Fever

A group of five friends visited a cabin, thinking that they will have a fun time. Like other horror movies, what initially started as a fun time turns out to be a misadventure that you will surelynot want to happen when you go camping. However, it turned out to be a disaster because of a flesh-eating disease. One of the most interesting facts about the film is that it was inspired by a true story. Eli Roth, the director, once had a vacation in Iceland where he ended up suffering from a skin infection. The film capitalized on viral online marketing to garner interest.

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​With the best camping horror movies that have been mentioned above, many of you may fear being in the woods. Nonetheless, these are only fictional depictions of creative imagination. Do not be afraid! It is unlikely that they will happen in real life. Looking for a more thrilling experience? Plan a camping trip with friends and watch these movies!

  • Updated July 10, 2017
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My name is William, a family man with two kids and the passion for camping. I started Pandaneo with sharing memorable camping experiences back as a newbie camper, introducing my family to the love for the great outdoors. As time passed, we started traveling across states, trying to hit as many campsites we can!