Hillbilly Horrors, Redneck Nightmares and Backwoods Terror

by crypt_of_lovecraft | created - 27 Mar 2012 | updated - 17 Feb 2015 | Public

Here is my far from complete list of backwoods horror and suspense films. From classy productions like Deliverance and Straw Dogs to Z-Grade exploitation trash like I Spit On Your Grave and Blood Games, these action-packed films deal with evil hillbillies, demented mountain men, and bloodthirsty good old boys, and they seem to be increasingly popular.

The first five films on the list are “must see” classics of the genre. More may be added as time goes by.

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1. Deliverance (1972)

R | 109 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

82 Metascore

Intent on seeing the Cahulawassee River before it's dammed and turned into a lake, outdoor fanatic Lewis Medlock takes his friends on a canoeing trip they'll never forget into the dangerous American back-country.

Director: John Boorman | Stars: Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox

Votes: 93,703

2. Southern Comfort (1981)

R | 106 min | Action, Thriller

63 Metascore

During a routine exercise, a team of National Guards are threatened by angry and violent locals.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Keith Carradine, Powers Boothe, Fred Ward, Franklyn Seales

Votes: 15,108 | Gross: $5.00M

3. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

R | 83 min | Horror

75 Metascore

Two siblings and three of their friends en route to visit their grandfather's grave in Texas end up falling victim to a family of cannibalistic psychopaths and must survive the terrors of Leatherface and his family.

Director: Tobe Hooper | Stars: Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal, Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain

Votes: 126,878 | Gross: $30.86M

4. The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

R | 90 min | Horror, Thriller

64 Metascore

On the way to California, a family has the misfortune to have their car break down in an area closed to the public, and inhabited by violent savages ready to attack.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Suze Lanier-Bramlett, Robert Houston, Martin Speer, Dee Wallace

Votes: 27,850 | Gross: $25.00M

5. Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964)

Not Rated | 83 min | Horror

Six people are lured into a small Deep South town for a Centennial celebration where the residents proceed to kill them one by one as revenge for the town's destruction during the Civil War.

Director: Herschell Gordon Lewis | Stars: Connie Mason, William Kerwin, Jeffrey Allen, Shelby Livingston

Votes: 4,021

6. Just Before Dawn (1981)

R | 90 min | Horror, Thriller

Five campers arrive in the mountains to examine some property they have bought, but are warned by Forest Ranger Roy McLean that a huge machete-wielding maniac has been terrorising the area.... See full summary »

Director: Jeff Lieberman | Stars: George Kennedy, Mike Kellin, Chris Lemmon, Gregg Henry

Votes: 4,741

7. Rituals (1977)

R | 100 min | Adventure, Horror, Thriller

Five doctors on a wilderness outing are stalked by disfigured, crazed killers.

Director: Peter Carter | Stars: Hal Holbrook, Lawrence Dane, Robin Gammell, Ken James

Votes: 1,631

8. Hunter's Blood (1986)

R | 101 min | Adventure, Horror, Thriller

Five "city boys" travel to the country to relax by doing some hunting, drinking Bud, and generally having good time. However, the local inbred backwoods psychos turn the hunters into the ... See full summary »

Director: Robert C. Hughes | Stars: Sam Bottoms, Kim Delaney, Clu Gulager, Ken Swofford

Votes: 634

9. Deranged: Confessions of a Necrophile (1974)

R | 84 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A deranged rural farmer becomes a grave robber and murderer after the death of his possessive mother, whose corpse he keeps, among others, as his companion in a decaying farmhouse.

Directors: Jeff Gillen, Alan Ormsby | Stars: Roberts Blossom, Cosette Lee, Leslie Carlson, Robert Warner

Votes: 4,186

10. Straw Dogs (1971)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

70 Metascore

A young American and his English wife come to rural England and face increasingly vicious local harassment.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Susan George, Peter Vaughan, T.P. McKenna

Votes: 53,544

11. The Backwoods (2006)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

An English couple's holiday in Spain is interrupted when they discover a girl imprisoned in a cabin.

Director: Koldo Serra | Stars: Gary Oldman, Virginie Ledoyen, Paddy Considine, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón

Votes: 5,147

12. Wrong Turn (I) (2003)

R | 84 min | Horror

32 Metascore

Six people find themselves trapped in the woods of West Virginia, hunted down by "cannibalistic mountain men grossly disfigured through generations of in-breeding."

Director: Rob Schmidt | Stars: Eliza Dushku, Jeremy Sisto, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Desmond Harrington

Votes: 103,803 | Gross: $15.42M

13. Mother's Day (1980)

Unrated | 91 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

Two brothers kidnap and brutalize three women for the pleasure of their demented mother.

Director: Charles Kaufman | Stars: Tiana Pierce, Nancy Hendrickson, Deborah Luce, Frederick Coffin

Votes: 4,082

14. I Spit on Your Grave (1978)

R | 101 min | Horror, Thriller

19 Metascore

An aspiring writer is repeatedly gang-raped, humiliated, and left for dead by four men whom she systematically hunts down to seek revenge.

Director: Meir Zarchi | Stars: Camille Keaton, Eron Tabor, Richard Pace, Anthony Nichols

Votes: 24,641

15. Blood Games (1990)

R | 90 min | Action, Thriller

A team of softball players get lost in the woods after their bus breaks down. They get attacked, beaten, raped and murdered by some psychotic men. The women fight back with baseball bats ... See full summary »

Director: Tanya Rosenberg | Stars: Gregory Scott Cummins, Laura Albert, Shelley Abblett, Ken Carpenter

Votes: 521

16. Savage Weekend (1979)

R | 88 min | Horror

Several couples head upstate to the country to watch a boat being built. Unfortunately they are stalked by a murderer behind a ghoulish mask.

Directors: David Paulsen, John Mason Kirby | Stars: Christopher Allport, Jim Doerr, David Gale, Devin Goldenberg

Votes: 1,195

17. The Cottage (2008)

Unrated | 92 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

In a remote part of the countryside, a bungled kidnapping turns into a living nightmare for four central characters when they cross paths with a psychopathic farmer and all hell breaks ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Andrew Williams | Stars: Andy Serkis, Reece Shearsmith, Jennifer Ellison, Steven O'Donnell

Votes: 11,530

18. Wolf Creek (2005)

R | 99 min | Horror, Thriller

54 Metascore

Three backpackers stranded in the Australian outback are plunged in a hellish nightmare of insufferable torture by a sadistic psychopathic local.

Director: Greg McLean | Stars: Nathan Phillips, Cassandra Magrath, Kestie Morassi, John Jarratt

Votes: 64,895 | Gross: $16.19M

19. Motel Hell (1980)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

64 Metascore

A seemingly friendly farmer and his sister kidnap unsuspecting travelers and bury them alive, using them to create the "special meat" they are famous for.

Director: Kevin Connor | Stars: Rory Calhoun, Paul Linke, Nancy Parsons, Nina Axelrod

Votes: 9,174 | Gross: $6.34M

20. Blood Oath (2007 Video)

R | 82 min | Horror

A group of friends on a weekend camping trip decide to investigate a local urban legend. The trip will change their lives as they are forced into a fight for survival against a horrific monster.

Director: David Buchert | Stars: Natalie Hart, Roger Horn, Jamie Reynolds, Katie Vaughan

Votes: 169

21. Midnight (1982)

R | 94 min | Horror

A teenage runaway and 2 guys traveling cross-country encounter a family of satanists.

Director: John A. Russo | Stars: Melanie Verlin, Lawrence Tierney, John Hall, C. Anthony Jackson

Votes: 777

22. Offspring (2009)

R | 79 min | Horror

Against the backdrop of grisly murders and child abductions, a clan of cannibalistic savages which plague the North-east Coast since 1858, is after an unsuspecting family and their innocent baby girl. Do they have what it takes to survive?

Director: Andrew van den Houten | Stars: Jessica Butler, Kelly Carey, Holter Graham, T.J. Graye

Votes: 2,215

23. Flesh, TX (2009 Video)

Not Rated | 92 min | Horror

While stopping for gas in the backwater burg of Flesh, Texas, Donna Parker finds herself propelled into a nightmare when her daughter Tabitha disappears. After seeking help from the ... See full summary »

Director: Guy Crawford | Stars: Joe Estevez, Kathleen Benner, Davina Joy, Jose Rosete

Votes: 287

24. Redneck Zombies (1989)

R | 84 min | Comedy, Horror

A barrel of radioactive waste is lost out in the woods. Some demented rednecks find it and use it as part of their still. Everybody who drinks from the liquor they produced turns into a zombie.

Director: Pericles Lewnes | Stars: Steve Sooy, Anthony M. Carr, Ken Davis, Stan Morrow

Votes: 2,825

25. Small Town Folk (2007)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

There is a place... a place called Grockleton, wherein, high on a hill-top stands the lonely Beesley's Manor, governed by the villainous 'Landlord' and his lowly male counterparts (Pooch, ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Stanley-Ward | Stars: Chris R. Wright, Warwick Davis, Dan Palmer, Simon Stanley-Ward

Votes: 972

26. Inbred (2011)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Horror

Four young offenders and their care workers visit the remote Yorkshire village of Mortlake, which prides on keeping itself to itself. A minor incident with locals rapidly escalates into a blood-soaked, deliriously warped nightmare.

Director: Alex Chandon | Stars: Jo Hartley, James Doherty, Seamus O'Neill, James Burrows

Votes: 4,458

27. Baker County, U.S.A. (1982)

R | 95 min | Thriller

When a group of college students come across a redneck in the wilderness murdering his wife's lover, they become the objects of his crazed vengeance.

Director: William Fruet | Stars: Henry Silva, Nicholas Campbell, Barbara Gordon, Gina Dick

Votes: 518

28. Eden Lake (2008)

R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller

65 Metascore

Refusing to let anything spoil their romantic weekend break, a young couple confront a gang of loutish youths with terrifyingly brutal consequences.

Director: James Watkins | Stars: Kelly Reilly, Michael Fassbender, Tara Ellis, Jack O'Connell

Votes: 72,437 | Gross: $0.01M

29. Albino Farm (2009)

R | 90 min | Horror

College students exploring the Ozark Mountains for a school assignment, stumble upon a group of scary, redneck cave-dwellers.

Director: Joe Anderson | Stars: Tammin Sursok, Chris Jericho, Richard Christy, Duane Whitaker

Votes: 1,377

30. Bridge to Nowhere (1986)

86 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

Kids on an outing in the forest come up against a mysterious hermit who lives on the other side of a bridge, and he is definitely not happy to see them.

Director: Ian Mune | Stars: Matthew Hunter, Margaret Umbers, Shelly Luxford, Stephen Judd

Votes: 183

31. God's Bloody Acre (1975)

R | 86 min | Drama, Horror

Three mountain-men brothers living in an uninhabited forest area love their simple lifestyle. When a construction crew shows up to clear the way for a park, the brothers are prepared to ... See full summary »

Director: Harry Kerwin | Stars: Wayne Crawford, Jennifer Stock, Sam Moree, Daniel Schweitzer

Votes: 108

32. The Final Terror (1983)

R | 82 min | Horror

A group of rangers go camping on unfamiliar forest grounds. All is well until the group members start getting picked off by a cunning, tactical, malevolent, killer in the woods.

Director: Andrew Davis | Stars: John Friedrich, Adrian Zmed, Ernest Harden Jr., Lewis Smith

Votes: 2,319

33. Whiskey Mountain (1977)

PG | 95 min | Horror

Bill, Dan, Diana and Jamie, four motorcyclists who arrived at Whiskey Mountain for a treasure hunt, are terrorized in the woods by a gang of murderous hillbilly drug dealers.

Director: William Grefé | Stars: Christopher George, Preston Pierce, Roberta Collins, Linda Borgeson

Votes: 118

34. Trailer Park of Terror (2008)

R | 98 min | Horror

Six troubled high schoolers and their leader become lost after their bus crashes during a raging storm. They seeks refuge for the night in an abandoned trailer park, managed by a sexy woman, Norma.

Director: Steven Goldmann | Stars: Nichole Hiltz, Lew Temple, Jeanette Brox, Myk Watford

Votes: 3,639

35. Hoboken Hollow (2006)

Not Rated | 98 min | Horror

Loosely based on the famous "Texas Slave Ranch" of West Kerr County Texas, in the Mt. Home, Texas area on the Ellebracht Ranch during the late 1970s into the early 1980s.

Director: Glen Stephens | Stars: Jason Connery, C. Thomas Howell, Mark Holton, Lin Shaye

Votes: 1,125

36. Dying Breed (2008)

R | 92 min | Horror, Thriller

Dying Breed interweaves the two most fascinating icons of Tasmanian history: the extinct Tasmanian tiger and "The Pieman" (aka Alexander Pearce) who was hanged for cannibalism in 1824. ... See full summary »

Director: Jody Dwyer | Stars: Nathan Phillips, Leigh Whannell, Bille Brown, Mirrah Foulkes

Votes: 5,538

37. Calvaire (2004)

Not Rated | 88 min | Horror

52 Metascore

Marc, a traveling entertainer, is on his way home for Christmas when his van brakes in the middle of a jerkwater town with some strange inhabitans.

Director: Fabrice du Welz | Stars: Laurent Lucas, Brigitte Lahaie, Gigi Coursigny, Jean-Luc Couchard

Votes: 11,122 | Gross: $0.00M

38. The Woman (I) (2011)

R | 101 min | Horror

58 Metascore

When a successful country lawyer captures and attempts to "civilize" the last remaining member of a violent clan that has roamed the Northeast coast for decades, he puts the lives of his family in jeopardy.

Director: Lucky McKee | Stars: Pollyanna McIntosh, Brandon Gerald Fuller, Lauren Ashley Carter, Chris Krzykowski

Votes: 20,737

39. Carver (2008 Video)

R | 97 min | Horror

Based on a true story, Carver depicts the real life events of five 20-something's that went camping in the mountain town of Halcyon Ridge and never returned.

Director: Franklin Guerrero Jr. | Stars: Natasha Charles Parker, Erik Fones, Matt Carmody, Neil Kubath

Votes: 2,578

40. The House by the Lake (1976)

R | 87 min | Horror, Thriller

A rich playboy has a large house in the Ontario countryside. One weekend he invites his girlfriend, a fashion model, but on his way to the house he drives past a gang of crazed young men. ... See full summary »

Director: William Fruet | Stars: Brenda Vaccaro, Don Stroud, Chuck Shamata, Richard Ayres

Votes: 935



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