9 Horror Movies Based Around A Cabin

Scary horror movies that take place around a cabin

What Keeps You Alive

What Keeps You Alive is a 2018 horror movie that tells the story of Jackie and Jules, a couple who go on a getaway to a remote cabin to celebrate their wedding anniversary. However, as the weekend progresses, the cracks in their relationship begin to show and long-buried secrets come to light.

If you are a fan of psychological horror movies that keep you guessing until the end, What Keeps You Alive is a good underrated horror film that you should definitely check out. [What Keeps You Alive on IMDB]

Cabin in the Woods

Cabin in the Woods  as gained a cult following and follows a group of friends who travel to a remote cabin for a weekend getaway, only to find themselves trapped in a twisted game orchestrated by mysterious forces.

The movie has a nice blend of suspense, horror, and comedy with dark humor. It challenges genre conventions and offers a fresh take. It takes familiar tropes and turns them on their head, resulting in a film that feels both familiar and completely new. [Cabin in the Woods on IMDB]

Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever follows a group of friends who travel to a remote cabin in the woods for a weekend getaway. However, their trip takes a dark turn when one of them becomes infected with a deadly virus that rapidly spreads among the group. 

As the virus takes hold, the friends become increasingly desperate and paranoid, leading to tension and conflict among them as they fight to survive the deadly outbreak.

The movie doesn't shy away from graphic and unsettling scenes, and while I personally wasn't a great fan, it's worth a watch I suppose. [Cabin Fever on IMDB]

The Ritual

The Ritual takes you on a chilling hiking trip through the Scandinavian wilderness. The film follows a group of friends who embark on a journey to honor their late friend by hiking through the rugged terrain. However, they soon become lost and are forced to take a shortcut through a dark and foreboding forest.

The performances by the cast is really strong, helping to bring the characters to life and making the you emotionally invested in their fate. The characters are forced to confront their own personal demons as they face the horrors of the forest. [The Ritual on IMDB]


Antichrist, directed by Lars von Trier, has gained a reputation for its graphic scenes and disturbing imagery. The movie follows a couple who retreat to a remote cabin in the woods following the death of their child, hoping to cope with their grief and find solace. 

As said, it contains extremely graphic violence, sexual content, and sexual violence.  So be warned, These scenes have been the subject of controversy and criticism since the film's release and may be difficult to watch for some. The movie falls within the realm of extreme horror and aims to shock and provoke you with its explicit and disturbing content. [Antichrist on IMDB]

Tucker and Dale vs Evil

If you fancy a horror comedy that subverts traditional horror movie tropes and offers a fresh and hilarious take on the genre, then Tucker and Dale vs Evil is for you. The movie follows the story of two good-natured hillbillies, Tucker and Dale, (Funnily enough) who are mistaken for dangerous killers by a group of college students on a camping trip.

The film's dialogue is filled with witty one-liners and hilarious situations that will keep you laughing from start to finish. The chemistry between Tucker and Dale is particularly strong, and their bumbling attempts to save the students from harm provide plenty of comedic moments.

It also features wild and gory kills that are both shocking and entertaining. The contrast between the gruesome deaths and the comedic tone of the film is a great balance and a blast to watch [Tucker and Dale vs Evil on IMDB]


Misery is a classic film based on the Stephen King novel of the same name and tells the story of successful novelist Paul Sheldon, who is rescued from a car crash by a nurse named Annie Wilkes. Paul soon realizes though that he is being held captive by Annie who is a crazed fan who forces him to write the novel that she wants. 

Kathy Bates in her Oscar-winning role as Annie Wilkes, is brilliant and she brings a sense of intensity and unpredictability to the character, making her truly terrifying. 

Misery explores psychological struggles and the power dynamics between captor and captive. It delves into themes of obsession, control, and the lengths that people will go to in order to fulfill their desires. [Misery on IMDB]

Knock at the Cabin

Knock at the Cabin is an apocalyptic psychological horror film that was released in 2023. Directed by M. Night Shyamalan and based on the 2018 novel The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay, revolves around a family of three who are vacationing at a remote cabin when they are suddenly held hostage by four strangers.

The strangers demand that the family sacrifice one of their own to avert the apocalypse. The film follows the young girl Wen, her parents Eric and Andrew, as they navigate the terrifying situation and grapple with the difficult decision they must make to save themselves and potentially the world. [Knock at the Cabin on IMDB]

Evil Dead

Directed by Sam Raimi, Evil Dead is a cult classic. The story follows a group of friends who travel to a remote cabin in the woods for a weekend getaway. While there, they discover the Book of the Dead and accidentally unleash a demonic force that possesses them one by one.

As the friends become possessed, they turn into violent and bloodthirsty creatures. The remaining survivors must fight for their lives and find a way to stop the evil before it consumes them all.

Throughout the film, there are intense and gory scenes as the possessed friends attack each other and the remaining survivors. The tension builds as they try to find a way to destroy the evil force and escape from the cabin.

Evil Dead has become a cult classic in the horror genre for a good reason, and has helped spawn several sequels and remakes. [Evil Dead on IMDB]

If you have any other recommendations for cabin based horror movies, please share them in the comments below.

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