Hillbilly Horrors, Redneck Nightmares and Backwoods Terror

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)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Intent on seeing the Cahulawassee River before it's turned into one huge lake, outdoor fanatic Lewis Medlock takes his friends on a river-rafting trip they'll never forget into the dangerous American back-country. (110 mins.)
Director: John Boorman
 
2.
Southern Comfort (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A squad of National Guards on an isolated weekend exercise in the Louisiana swamp must fight for their... (106 mins.)
Director: Walter Hill
 
3.
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
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Two siblings visit their grandfather's grave in Texas along with three of their friends and are attacked by a family of cannibalistic psychopaths. (83 mins.)
Director: Tobe Hooper
 
4.
The Hills Have Eyes (1977)
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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. (89 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
 
5.
Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964)
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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. (83 mins.)
 
6.
Just Before Dawn (1981)
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Five campers are stalked and killed in the mountains after traveling there to examine property they had purchased. (90 mins.)
Director: Jeff Lieberman
 
7.
The Creeper (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Five doctors on a wilderness outing are stalked by disfigured, crazed killers. (100 mins.)
Director: Peter Carter
 
8.
Hunter's Blood (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Five "city boys" travel to the country to relax by doing some hunting, drinking Bud, and generally having good time... (101 mins.)
 
9.
Deranged: Confessions of a Necrophile (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Based on the Ed Gein case, a deranged rural farmer becomes a grave robber and murderer after the death of his possessive mother whom he keeps her corpse, among others, as his companions in his decaying farmhouse (82 mins.)
 
10.
Straw Dogs (1971)
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A young American and his English wife come to rural England and face increasingly vicious local harassment. (113 mins.)
Director: Sam Peckinpah
 
11.
The Backwoods (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
An English couple's holiday in Spain is interrupted when they discover a girl imprisoned in a cabin. (97 mins.)
Director: Koldo Serra
 
12.
Wrong Turn (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Six people find themselves trapped in the woods of West Virginia, hunted down by "cannibalistic mountain men grossly disfigured through generations of in-breeding." (84 mins.)
Director: Rob Schmidt
 
13.
Mother's Day (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Two brothers kidnap and brutalize three women for the pleasure of their demented mother. (91 mins.)
Director: Charles Kaufman
 
14.
I Spit on Your Grave (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
An aspiring writer is repeatedly gang-raped, humiliated, and left for dead by four men whom she systematically hunts down to seek revenge. (101 mins.)
Director: Meir Zarchi
 
15.
Blood Games (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
A team of softball players get lost in the woods after their bus breaks down. They get attacked, beaten... (90 mins.)
Director: Tanya Rosenberg
 
16.
Savage Weekend (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  
Several couples head upstate to the country to watch a boat being built. Unfortunately they are stalked by a murderer behind a ghoulish mask. (88 mins.)
Director: David Paulsen
 
17.
The Cottage (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
In a remote part of the countryside, a bungled kidnapping turns into a living nightmare for four central... (92 mins.)
 
18.
Wolf Creek (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Three backpackers stranded in the Australian outback are befriended by a local who turns out to be a sadistic psychopath and will plunge them into a hellish nightmare of insufferable torture. (99 mins.)
Director: Greg Mclean
 
19.
Motel Hell (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A seemingly friendly farmer and his sister kidnap unsuspecting travelers and bury them alive, using them to create the "special ingredient" of their famous roadside fritters. (101 mins.)
Director: Kevin Connor
 
20.
Blood Oath (2007 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  
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. (82 mins.)
Director: David Buchert
 
21.
Midnight (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
A teenage runaway and 2 guys traveling cross-country encounter a family of satanists. (91 mins.)
Director: John Russo
 
22.
Offspring (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
Survivors of a feral flesh-eating clan are chowing their way through the locals. Amy Halbard and Claire... (79 mins.)
 
23.
Flesh, TX (2009 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.8/10 X  
While stopping for gas in the backwater burg of Flesh, Texas, Donna Parker finds herself propelled into... (92 mins.)
Director: Guy Crawford
 
24.
Redneck Zombies (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
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. (84 mins.)
Director: Pericles Lewnes
 
25.
Small Town Folk (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.4/10 X  
There is a place... a place called Grockleton, wherein, high on a hill-top stands the lonely Beesley's Manor... (90 mins.)
 
26.
Inbred (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
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. (90 mins.)
Director: Alex Chandon
 
27.
Baker County, U.S.A. (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A group of college students come across a redneck in the wilderness chasing his wife's lover. The students eventually become the objects of the redneck's crazed vengeance. (95 mins.)
Director: William Fruet
 
28.
Eden Lake (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Refusing to let anything spoil their romantic weekend break, a young couple confront a gang of loutish youths with terrifyingly brutal consequences. (91 mins.)
Director: James Watkins
 
29.
Albino Farm (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  
College students exploring the Ozark Mountains for a school assignment, stumble upon a group of scary, redneck cave-dwellers. (90 mins.)
Director: Joe Anderson
 
30.
Bridge to Nowhere (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
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. (86 mins.)
Director: Ian Mune
 
31.
God's Bloody Acre (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Three mountain-men brothers living in an uninhabited forest area love their simple lifestyle. When a... (86 mins.)
Director: Harry E. Kerwin
 
32.
The Final Terror (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
A group of forest rangers go camping in the woods, and trespass into an area where a backwoods mama likes to kill people who come onto her turf. (82 mins.)
Director: Andrew Davis
 
33.
Whiskey Mountain (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A group of motorcyclists on a "treasure hunt" are terrorized by a gang of murderous psychopaths. (95 mins.)
Director: William Grefé
 
34.
Trailer Park of Terror (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
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. (98 mins.)
Director: Steven Goldmann
 
35.
Hoboken Hollow (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  
As Trevor drifts through Texas on collision course with a nightmare he is still haunted by the evils... (98 mins.)
Director: Glen Stephens
 
36.
Dying Breed (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Dying Breed interweaves the two most fascinating icons of Tasmanian history: the extinct Tasmanian tiger... (92 mins.)
Director: Jody Dwyer
 
37.
Calvaire (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A singer's car breaks down deep in the woods. (88 mins.)
Director: Fabrice Du Welz
 
38.
The Woman (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
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. (101 mins.)
Director: Lucky McKee
 
39.
Carver (2008 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
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. (97 mins.)
 
40.
The House by the Lake (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A rich playboy has a large house in the countryside. One weekend he invites a fashion model. On his way to the house... (87 mins.)
Director: William Fruet