20 horror stories about unsuccessful trips to the forest and nature

No matter how much the OBZH teachers say about the danger of forest attacks, they cannot be compared with filmmakers. Horror creators, not forgetting about natural threats like wild animals and poisonous mushrooms, seek to populate the dense thickets with something more terrible: fantastic monsters, serial killers, and even ancient inexplicable evil. The heroes of horror films about the forest from our selection will have to see for themselves – the farther into the forest, the thicker the monsters.

In the ground (2021)

The novelty of British cinema will show the world engulfed in horror due to the epidemic of a deadly virus . At a remote forest camp, a biologist studying soil anomalies has stopped communicating. Colleagues go to the woman. On the way through the dense thicket, the group is attacked by mysterious people, and then they also encounter a madman who is convinced that wildlife can be appeased with the help of a special rite.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
In the Earth

Actors:
Joel Fry, Ellora Torchia, Rhys Shearsmith …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.1, IMDb – 5.2

Age restrictions:
18+


Suicide Forest (2021)

A new foreign horror film from Japan about an ominous forest of suicides, from where no one has ever returned alive. The inhabitants of a small village receive a mysterious box sealed with a powerful curse, and opening the package leads to frightening consequences. To return to normal life and get rid of evil spells, you need to return the artifact to a terrible place, covered with mystical legends.

Original title:
Jukai Mura

Actors:
Anna Yamada, Mayu Yamaguchi, Fuji Kamio …

Country:
Japan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.3, IMDb – 5.1

Age limit:
16+


Wrong Turn: Legacy (2020)

In the seventh part of the cult horror franchise, a father comes to look for his daughter in a small American town. The girl in the company of friends traveled along a popular hiking route in the Appalachian mountains . The investigation showed that the guys turned off the tourist trail and went deep into the wilderness. Careless travelers did not even suspect that a strange community that hates strangers has been living far from civilization for many years.

Original title:
Wrong Turn: The Foundation

Actors:
Charlotte Vega, Adyne Bradley, Bill Sage …

Country:
Germany, USA, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 5.5

Age restrictions:
18+


Gretel and Hansel (2020)

A new reading of the famous fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm turned into a horror film about the adventures of children in the forest, where the grown-up Gretel bravely confronts the sorceress. After the death of their father, the insane mother drove the children out of the house, unable to earn a living. Wanderings lead a teenage girl and her younger brother to a house lost in the wilderness, inside which a generous table is set. The woman who sheltered the children turns out to be a real witch.

Original title:
Gretel & Hansel

Actors:
Sophia Lillis, Sammy Leakey, Charles Babalola …

Country:
Canada, Ireland, USA, South Africa

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 5.4

Age restrictions:
12+


No sleep in the forest today (2020)

Strict parents decided to give their offline vacations to their gadget-addicted offspring. In the youth camp, where a group of teenagers went, any digital equipment is prohibited. An unfriendly atmosphere, field conditions and other hardships will seem like flowers to pampered teenagers when a real bloody nightmare unfolds in the vicinity.

Original title:
W lesie dziś nie zaśnie nikt

Actors:
Julia Weniawa-Narkevich, Michal Lupa, Victoria Gasievska …

Country:
Poland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.1, IMDb – 4.9

Age restrictions:
18+


Puppeteer (2018)

In a horror film about nature and the forest, a woman decides to arrange a weekend getaway for herself and her two daughters in a secluded house on the lake. After a short walk, one of the girls felt unwell and said that she had eaten a cake found in the clearing. The worried woman does not realize that the dangerous treat is only the first trap of a terrible psychopath who has chosen his family as his victim.

Original title:
He’s Out There

Actors:
Yvonne Strahovski, Anna Pniowski, Abigail Pniowski …

Country:
Canada, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.9, IMDb – 5.3

Age restrictions:
18+


Ritual (2017)

An adaptation of the novel of the same name by British writer Adam Neville. Four friends went on a hiking trip to honor the memory of a fallen comrade. Deciding to take a short cut, the buddies deviated from the well-trodden paths. The journey becomes more and more terrifying: animal corpses come across along the way, and runes are carved into the trees. After spending the night in an abandoned hut, friends are attacked by a strange creature.

Original title:
The Ritual

Actors:
Rafe Spall, Arsher Ali, Robert James-Collier…

Country:
Great Britain, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
18+


Witch (2015)

The top forest thrillers continue with a highly rated mystical drama. The Puritan community expelled one family from the settlement for excessive vanity. The renegades founded their farm on the outskirts. Soon, a newborn baby mysteriously disappears, and frightening things begin to happen to the family. Suspicions fall on the witch who did the black witchcraft.

Original title:
The VVitch: A New-England Folktale

Actors:
Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie…

Country:
Canada, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Ghost Forest (2015)

The girl comes to Japan to find her sister, who went to the legendary thicket on the northwestern slope of Mount Fuji. The wooded area is notorious, but the resolute heroine rushes there without a doubt. Among the thickets of trees, restless souls and bloodthirsty demons lurk , filled with burning hatred towards people.

Original title:
The Forest

Actors:
Natalie Dormer, Owen Macken, Stephanie Vogt …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.3, IMDb – 4.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Out of the Dark (2015)

A creepy atmospheric movie with action unfolding in the forest is worth watching for fans of mystical horrors . A young family with a small child moves from noisy London to the Irish outback. A strange stranger is trying to dissuade his father from a profitable job – marking trees for subsequent felling. Intervention in the life of nature awakens vengeful and merciless spirits.

Original title:
The Hallow

Actors:
Joseph Mole, Bojana Novakovic, Michael McElhatton …

Country:
Ireland, UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.3, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Fatal Route (2014)

Canadian drama with elements of horror based on real events. A romantic handsome man wants to arrange an unforgettable trip for his girlfriend through the reserve and make an offer against the backdrop of a picturesque landscape. A couple in love lost their way and did not capture enough provisions, but the worst begins when a cannibal bear attacked the trail of unlucky travelers .

Original title:
Backcountry

Actors:
Missy Peregrym, Jeff Roop, Nicholas Campbell …

Country:
Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 6.0

Age Limits :
18+


Exists (2014)

In a forest horror film, a group of teenagers in search of adventure decide to enjoy the wilderness of Texas. The guys traveling through the protected corners are visited by suspicions that someone is spying on them. The reality turns out to be much worse than any assumptions – a real bigfoot followed the young tourists.

Original title:
Exists

Actors:
Dora Madison, Chris Osborne, Roger Edwards…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.2, IMDb – 5.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Evil Dead: Black Book (2013)

The relaunch of the cult horror franchise with new main characters took place without losing the frenzied drive and signature black humor of the original. A group of young people went to an abandoned house, lost somewhere in the forest, in order to fight drug addiction in complete isolation from the world . An ancient book found in one of the rooms awakens nightmarish demonic forces from sleep.

Original title:
Evil Dead

Actors:
Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
18+


Cabin in the woods (2011)

The list of the best horror films about hiking in the woods continues with the cult postmodern horror that explores and satirizes the clichés of the gory genre. A group of crazy students decided to hang out in an abandoned forest hut. Reading spells from a randomly found old book awakens hordes of bloodthirsty zombies , but the matter is not limited to one mysticism – something completely different controls the living dead.

Original title:
The Cabin in the Woods

Actors:
Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
18+


Friday the 13th (2009)

A remake of the first film in the famous horror franchise about a supernatural killer maniac in a hockey mask. A group of students are going to spend the weekend in a secluded house in nature, to have a good time there with girls, alcohol and substances. The fun is interrupted by the appearance of Jason Voorhees, a boy who was hunted down in the camp many years ago, but after his death turned into a real killing machine.

Original title:
Friday the 13th

Actors:
Jared Padalecki, Daniel Panabaker, Amanda Righetti…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 5.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Paradise Lake (2008)

Psychological horror about the forest with a non-trivial plot and off-scale cruelty. A couple in love intends to spend the weekend in a romantic setting on the lake. The idyllic picture is broken by the appearance of a group of aggressive teenagers. The guys are being arrogant and defiant. Rough attacks gradually develop into a monstrous massacre.

Original title:
Eden Lake

Actors:
Kelly Reilly, Michael Fassbender, Tara Ellis …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:
18+


Mushrooms (2007)

A group of friends from the US arrive in Ireland to collect hallucinogenic mushrooms. One of the girls accidentally cut and ate something wrong, after which she began to see creepy creatures from local folklore. Visions not only torment the tormented mind, but also have a devastating effect on reality. The heroine cannot figure out where the border between reality and sick fantasy lies.

Original title:
Shrooms

Actors:
Lindsey Hawn, Jack Huston, Max Cash…

Country:
Ireland, Great Britain, Denmark

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.5, IMDb – 4.7

Age restrictions:
18+


Mystery Forest (2004)

A small settlement is surrounded by dense thickets inhabited by nightmarish creatures. Humans and monsters have made a pact that allows them to live in relative peace. The monsters do not devour the local inhabitants, and they, in turn, stay away from the habitats of the creatures and do not cross the borders of the village. A desperate young man intends to break the ban in order to bring medicines from the city that the community needs.

Original title:
The Village

Actors:
Bryce Dallas Howard, Joaquin Phoenix, Adrien Brody …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
12+


Fever (2003)

A company of students is going to celebrate the end of the school year in a fun and incendiary way with a party on the lake. Local residents are wary of strangers, and later a strange mutilated homeless man, suffering from some kind of illness, sticks to the guys. After a collision with a tramp, rapidly increasing bloody ulcers also appear on the bodies of students.

Original title:
Cabin Fever

Actors:
Ryder Strong, Jordan Ladd, James DeBello …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 5.6

Age restrictions:
18+


Blair Witch: Coursework from the Other World (1999)

One of the most famous horror films about survival in the forest, filmed without special effects and on a minimal budget. Documentary students are making a movie about a famous witch from a local legend. Wandering through the countryside, the film crew wandered into the thicket and got lost. In the dense wilderness, terrible mystical events begin to occur. The film is stylized as a realistic picture from the camera, as if found after the disappearance of students without a trace.

Original title:
The Blair Witch Project

Actors:
Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael S. Williams…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.5

Age limits :
16+


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I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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