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The Top Backwoods Horror Movies


18. Storm Warning (2008)

Storm Warning
© Dimension
In this Australian entry, the backwoods take the intriguing form of an island where a yuppie couple gets stranded while boating. Unfortunately for them, the isle is home to a barbaric family out to protect their marijuana crop from interlopers.

17. Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964) / 2001 Maniacs (2004)

Two Thousand Maniacs
© Image
Created by wizard of gore Herschell Gordon Lewis, the story of Two Thousand Maniacs! and its sequel centers around the town of Pleasant Valley, whose ghostly inhabitants use their Southern charm to lure in Yankees and kill them in as cartoonishly violent a manner as possible in retaliation for the town being ravaged in 1865 by Union soldiers.

16. Frightmare (1974)

© Shriek Show
A seemingly kindly old lady living on a remote farm is in fact a bloodthirsty cannibal with a fondness for brains. Her husband tries to keep her at bay, but he's inept at preventing her from luring in young women with the promise of a Tarot card reading -- at which point she breaks out her electric drill and...well, you get the picture.

15. Trapped (1982)

© Code Red

Also known as Baker County, U.S.A., this surprisingly dramatic, not overly exploitive backwoods survival thriller about a group of city folks who run afoul of some country yokels when they witness a murder. It's Backwoods Justice 101, but it refreshingly doesn't paint all of the country folk as uniformly bloodthirsty, ignorant heathens.

14. Wolf Creek (2005)

Wolf Creek
© The Weinstein Co.
Dark, disturbing and brutal, Wolf Creek takes advantage of the vast expanse of the Australian Outback, the perfect setting for a sociopath with a tow truck to lure in a group of young people whose car has broken down and then proceed to torture and kill them. And so he does.

13. Motel Hell (1980)

Motel Hell
As much a dark comedy as a horror movie, Motel Hell follows the exploits of a deranged brother and sister team who trick people into staying at their hotel (in one scene, using a hilarious fake cow to block the road), where they quickly remove their vocal chords and "plant" them in their garden for later harvesting as part of their award-winning smoked sausage.

12. We're Going to Eat You (1980)

We Are Going to Eat You
© Tokyo Shock
In this campy farce, a small rural village whose inhabitants have developed a taste for human flesh struggles to keep everyone well fed. Iconic Hong Kong filmmaker Tsui Hark mixes horror with slapstick comedy, martial arts and a little bit of roller skating action to boot.

11. Sheitan (2006)

© Tartan
A group of partygoers in France accepts an invitation to an isolated farm, where they encounter a Satanic hillbilly with a fondness for murder and inbreeding.

10. Tourist Trap (1979)

Tourist Trap
© Full Moon
This genuinely creepy tale combines slasher thrills with a supernatural element, as the proprietor of a remote roadside museum (played with a brilliant weirdo aplomb by Chuck Connors) has the power to control the figures in the exhibits with his mind. Mannequins haven't been this scary since, well, Mannequin.

9. Wrong Turn (2003)

Wrong Turn
© 20th Century Fox
Gleefully excessive violence colors this frequently absurd (in a good way) movie about a family of inbred cannibal mutants living in the West Virginia mountains. Eat your heart out, Deliverance. Really, they'll eat your heart out.

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