Top 10 Cabin in the Woods Horror Movies



Top 10 Cabin in the Woods Horror Movies

VOICE OVER: Rebecca Brayton
Script written by Selina Antonucci

If you think spotty Wi-Fi and no plumbing are the worst things that could happen at a weekend retreat, think again. Join as we count down the Top 10 "Cabin-in-the-Woods" Horror Movies. For this list, we're looking at horror movies that mainly feature a cabin set in the woods.

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Top 10 Cabin in the Woods Horror Movies

If you think spotty Wi-Fi and no plumbing are the worst things that could happen at a weekend retreat, think again. Join as we count down the Top 10 "Cabin-in-the-Woods" Horror Movies.

For this list, we’re looking at horror movies that mainly feature a cabin set in the woods. So whether there are supernatural forces at play or basket-cases looking for fun, it’s fair game.

#10: “Sleepaway Camp” (1983)

Welcome to Camp Arawak, where kids come to enjoy outdoor activities, make friends, and…get murdered? Years after a traumatic event, a shy Angela attends the sleepaway camp with her cousin who protects her from bullies. Soon after, bodies start piling up and it’s becoming very clear that these deaths are no accident. Barring the fact that the low-budget movie capitalized on the popularity of other slasher films, “Sleepaway Camp” was a success and inspired a couple of sequels. While the acting is admittedly terrible, the movie is best remembered forthe shocking reveal and the most haunting freeze frame you’ll ever see. Spoiler Alert, btw.

#9: “Secret Window” (2004)

In the midst of a mental breakdown, famous writer Mort Rainey escapes to his cabin where a mysterious man named John Shooter accuses him of plagiarism. He then must take a cold hard look in the mirror as his run-ins with Shooter become increasingly frequent and violent. Based on Stephen King’s novella “Secret Window, Secret Garden,” which was praised by readers, it’s unfortunate that the movie received only mixed reviews. The plot is intriguing and keeps you captivated until the end, which is ironic considering Mort’s opinion on story endings:

#8: “Tucker & Dale vs. Evil” (2010)

Meet the two most benevolent hicks you’ll ever find in a horror movie. Best buds Tucker and Dale set out to renovate their dream vacation spot, a rundown cabin – you guessed it! – in the middle of the woods. When a group of college students encounters them, they mistake theduo for the usual homicidal hillbillies you’ll find in horror flicks and fight them to survive. “Tucker & Dale vs. Evil” upends the traditional conventions of heroes and villains while displaying some of the most gruesome accidental deaths ever to grace the silver screen. Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine are phenomenal as the loveable rednecks, and teach us that hillbillies are people too.

#7: “The Strangers” (2008)

To say that Kristen and James are hitting a rough patch is the biggest understatement of this movie, which claims to be inspired by true events. The couple is terrorized by three masked individuals who strip them of their means of escape and communication with the outside world. Trapped in a summer home with limited resources and fearing for their lives, it’s a frightening situation that no one wants to experience.The suspense is palpable and the performances by Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman are what keep the plot moving forward. Just don’t look too closely for an explanation from “The Strangers;” some evil is just random.

#6: “The Burning” (1981)

Based on the urban legend of Cropsey, this movie centers on a camp caretaker who is horrifically mutilated in a failed prank. Armed with garden shears, Cropsy hunts down the culprits and exacts revenge on those who disfigured him. The low-budget slasher horror may not have been a box-office hit, but it is notable for gaining cult status and the debut performances of Holly Hunter, Fisher Stevens and Jason Alexander. In addition, the makeup and special effects were done by Tom Savini, “The Sultan of Splatter” known for “Dawn of the Dead” and “Maniac.” Over-the-top and quite the splatter-fest, this movie is full of highlights – cheesy as they may be.

#5: “Cabin Fever” (2002)

The best weekend ever turns into an absolute nightmare as a group of college students struggles to contain those infected with a flesh-eating virus. Sounds far-fetched right? Well, this movie was actually inspired by a real life experience when co-writer/director Eli Roth had a ringworm infection so severe that when he shaved his face, chunks of skin peeled off. So, as you can imagine, “Cabin Fever” has blood and gore in spades. At times, the horror is interrupted by absurd moments. However the concept that terror isn’t a crazed chainsaw enthusiast, but a deadly virus, is what really gets under our skin.

#4: “Dead Snow” (2009)

What’s more sinister than a zombie? A Nazi zombie of course! Well, at least according to the writers of “Dead Snow.” Seven students spend Easter vacation in a cabin in the Norwegian mountains and, after learning the story of a faction of brutal Nazis who terrorized a town during WWII and were supposedly left to die, must contend with said horde of undead zombies. The plot may be lacking, but the action, effects, and infusion of Scandinavian folklore are what makes “Dead Snow” stand apart from other zombie movies. If you’re looking for a twist on the classic setting with brutal dismemberments and grizzly deaths, then this movie’s got you covered… while also teaching you a thing or two about the human anatomy.

#3: “Friday the 13th” (1980)

A relentless killer stalks a group of would-be camp counselors who want to reopen the abandoned Camp Crystal Lake. “Friday the 13th” is considered one of the most iconic slasher horror movies ever and remains as a continuing inspiration for horror movies everywhere. What distinguishes the original from its sequels, crossover, and reboot, however, is the reveal of the killer’s identity and motivation behind the killings. At the time, many critics gave negative reviews while also voicing concerns that the audience would side with the killer. As you can probably guess, “Friday the 13th” later received official praise for breaking new ground, and it’s truly become a cabin in the woods horror classic.

#2: “The Cabin in the Woods” (2012)

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: a group of college students spends the weekend at a remote cabin in the woods. What’s believed to be a homage to horror classics takes an unexpected turn as the predictable script is thrown out the window. This movie, written by Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard, functions as a typical slasher horror flick while at the same time exploring the horror genre and its cultural significance – so meta. The screenplay is sharp and peppered with clever lines, and pulls no punches. While “The Cabin in the Woods” is stuffed with humor and references to beloved horror movies, it doesn’t shy away from getting its hands bloody either.

Before we reveal our top pick, here are some honorable mentions:
- “Wrong Turn” (2003)
- “Baghead” (2008)
- “The Cottage” (2008)
- “Mama” (2013)
- “Antichrist” (2009)

#1: “Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn” (1987)

While we love the original “Evil Dead,” the 1987 sequel/remake surpasses it in every way. Bringing us all the chills, spills and thrills of the original, Sam Raimi’s “Evil Dead 2” adds the right amount of madness to the formula. Bruce Campbell returns as the cabin-bound Ash Williams and gives the performance of a lifetime, a presence that was sorely missed in the 2013 remake – for the most part. Taking place inan isolated cottage replete with demons, possessed limbs and cackling inanimate objects, “Evil Dead” is not only THE horror franchise that all other cabin in the woods movies draw influence from; “Evil Dead 2” is one of the best horror movies ever made, period. Hail to the King, baby.

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