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28th Aug '16 2:39:37 PM KingClark
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* ''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods'' has the Buckners, a pain-worshiping redneck zombie family who are a cross between this trope and ''Franchise/EvilDead''. [[spoiler: Of course, The Buckners are merely pawns, who are summoned to the cabin by random chance. It could have been any number of horror clichés.]]

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* ''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods'' has the Buckners, a pain-worshiping redneck zombie family who are a cross between this trope and ''Franchise/EvilDead''. [[spoiler: Of course, The Buckners are merely pawns, who are summoned to the cabin by random chance. It could have been any number of horror clichés.]]



* ''Film/TuckerAndDaleVsEvil'' is a DeconstructiveParody of the genre. A group of college students are vacationing in a cabin, but run afoul of two creepy hillbillies who kidnap their friends. Or so they think. In reality, the true protagonists of the movie, Tucker and Dale are a pair of GoodOlBoy guys who are out on a fishing trip. The misunderstanding is due to Tuckers social awkwardness and the college students being firm belivers in this trope. [[spoiler: Ultimatly played straight as it turns out the true villain of the movie is the result of a hillbilly horror event several decades before]]

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* ''Film/TuckerAndDaleVsEvil'' is a DeconstructiveParody of the genre. A group of college students are vacationing in a cabin, but run afoul of two creepy hillbillies who kidnap their friends. Or so they think. In reality, the true protagonists of the movie, Tucker and Dale are a pair of GoodOlBoy guys who are out on a fishing trip. The misunderstanding is due to Tuckers Tucker's social awkwardness and the college students being firm belivers in this trope. [[spoiler: Ultimatly [[spoiler:Ultimately played straight as it turns out the true villain of the movie is the result of a hillbilly horror event several decades before]]before.]]
28th Aug '16 2:38:49 PM KingClark
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* ''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods'' has the Buckners, a pain-worshiping redneck zombie family who are a cross between this trope and ''Franchise/EvilDead''. [[spoiler: Of course, The Buckners are merely pawns, who are summoned to the cabin by random chance. It could have been any number of horror clichés.]]

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* ''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods'' has the Buckners, a pain-worshiping redneck zombie family who are a cross between this trope and ''Franchise/EvilDead''. [[spoiler: Of course, The Buckners are merely pawns, who are summoned to the cabin by random chance. It could have been any number of horror clichés.]]



* ''Film/TuckerAndDaleVsEvil'' is a DeconstructiveParody of the genre. A group of college students are vacationing in a cabin, but run afoul of two creepy hillbillies who kidnap their friends. Or so they think. In reality, the true protagonists of the movie, Tucker and Dale are a pair of GoodOleBoy guys who are out on a fishing trip. The misunderstanding is due to Tuckers social awkwardness and the college students being firm belivers in this trope. [[spoiler: Ultimatly played straight as it turns out the true villain of the movie is the result of a hillbilly horror event several decades before]]

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* ''Film/TuckerAndDaleVsEvil'' is a DeconstructiveParody of the genre. A group of college students are vacationing in a cabin, but run afoul of two creepy hillbillies who kidnap their friends. Or so they think. In reality, the true protagonists of the movie, Tucker and Dale are a pair of GoodOleBoy GoodOlBoy guys who are out on a fishing trip. The misunderstanding is due to Tuckers social awkwardness and the college students being firm belivers in this trope. [[spoiler: Ultimatly played straight as it turns out the true villain of the movie is the result of a hillbilly horror event several decades before]]



** ''Literature/TheShadowOverInnsmouth'' is about an isolated fishing village whose inhabitants - characterized as "white trash" by a local from a nearby town - are slowly mutating into degenerate, AlwaysChaoticEvil FishPeople,

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** ''Literature/TheShadowOverInnsmouth'' is about an isolated fishing village whose inhabitants - characterized as "white trash" by a local from a nearby town - are slowly mutating into degenerate, AlwaysChaoticEvil FishPeople,FishPeople.
28th Aug '16 2:37:56 PM KingClark
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* ''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods'' has the Buckners, a pain-worshiping redneck zombie family who are a cross between this trope and ''Franchise/EvilDead''. [[spoiler: Of course, The Buckers are merely pawns, who are summoned to the cabin by random chance. It could have been any number of horror cliches]]

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* ''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods'' has the Buckners, a pain-worshiping redneck zombie family who are a cross between this trope and ''Franchise/EvilDead''. [[spoiler: Of course, The Buckers Buckners are merely pawns, who are summoned to the cabin by random chance. It could have been any number of horror cliches]]clichés.]]
18th Aug '16 9:56:55 AM AlaskaOrBust
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* Subverted ''hard'' in ''Literature/TheDogs'' and its companion ShortStory collection, ''Literature/WhatAHorribleNightToHaveACurse.'' If anything, the so-called rednecks and hillbillies are portrayed as far nicer and more honest than their cityfolk counterparts.
18th Aug '16 9:50:23 AM AlaskaOrBust
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->''It's the road less traveled for a reason...''

Works where the horror lurks in the realm of rural areas where modern man doesn't belong. Expect inbreds, deranged killers, {{serial rapist}}s, and especially {{Cannibal Clan}}s.

DontGoInTheWoods is the most common flavor, but other locales such as [[SwampsAreEvil swamps]], [[ThirstyDesert deserts]], [[GhostTown abandoned towns]], [[DesertedIsland deserted islands]], [[FlyoverCountry endless stretches of highway]], [[AbsurdlySpaciousSewer beneath]] [[SinisterSubway the bustling city streets]], and even [[GrimUpNorth snowscapes]] have seen use.

For works set in North America, there are several regional recipes:
* '''{{Deep South}}ern Fried''': your choice of WildWest, SouthOfTheBorder, SouthernGothic, or [[TheSavageIndian original recipe]] sauces [[note]] Be warned, ordering the last one will [[DiscreditedTrope earn you dirty looks, these days]][[/note]]
* '''TheOtherRainforest style''', which tends to involve manifestos, cults, and granola.
* '''Classic LovecraftCountry style''', an old favorite best served in a [[TownWithADarkSecret quaint little northern fishing village]].

For works set in more exotic backwaters, there's also the cuisine of the {{Uberwald}}, the SavageSouth, DarkestAfrica, and the LandDownUnder.

It's worth noting that those who actually ''live'' in these areas are frequently [[GenreSavvy aware to varying extents]] of these depictions, and tend to take them with a mix of SelfDeprecatingHumor, CulturalCringe, and [[MexicansLoveSpeedyGonzales legitimate appreciation]] of their region's signature NightmareFuel. On the amusing side, it's not unheard of for a bored local to get a laugh out of playing the CreepyGasStationAttendant with lost tourists, and for anyone with the right accent, a creepy Halloween costume is as easy as getting pair of muddy overalls and exaggerating.

On the creepy side, this can be TruthInTelevision. Even in well-developed regions like the Eastern United States, one can still find the occasional [[HiddenElfVillage isolated small town]] on a postage stamp island, deep in the [[{{UsefulNotes/Appalachia}} Appalachian Mountains]], or [[DyingTown bypassed by the highway]] with only one or two last names among the population. While it's unlikely you'll find a clan of cannibals ignorant of the outside world, generations of isolation tend to lead to a xenophobic CloseKnitCommunity; even someone moving there from a nearby town might find themselves on the wrong side of a CultureClash. Also, many {{Misanthrope Supreme}}s and {{Crazy Survivalist}}s gravitate towards [[CaptainObvious less populated areas because there are fewer people to bother them]], and similarly some serial killers choose to make their homes in rural areas because there are fewer witnesses.

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->''It's the road less traveled for a reason...''

Works where the horror lurks in the realm of isolated, rural areas areas. May include [[IncestIsRelative a deeply inbred family]], a SerialKiller or SerialRapist (or [[OhCrap both]]) or maybe even a CannibalClan.

Usually the result of someone not heeding the warning: DontGoInTheWoods. Depending on
where modern man doesn't belong. Expect inbreds, deranged killers, {{serial rapist}}s, and especially {{Cannibal Clan}}s.

DontGoInTheWoods is
the most common flavor, but other locales such as characters are, "woods" may be substituted for is [[SwampsAreEvil swamps]], [[ThirstyDesert deserts]], [[GhostTown abandoned towns]], [[DesertedIsland deserted islands]], [[FlyoverCountry endless stretches of highway]], [[AbsurdlySpaciousSewer beneath]] [[SinisterSubway the bustling city streets]], and even [[GrimUpNorth snowscapes]] desolate snowscapes]].

For works set in North America, there are several familiar settings as well:
* In the DeepSouth, very often of a SouthernGothic variety.
* [[WeirdWest Out West]], which sometimes includes doses of Area51-like shenanigans.
** TheOtherRainforest is an emerging place to put certain kinds of stories too.
* SouthOfTheBorder, as Mexico is host to enormous stretches of deserted wilderness.
* LovecraftCountry on the East Coast, but really any [[TownWithADarkSecret quaint little town that is not at all what it seems]] will do.

For works set in backwaters around the world, there are a few specific locales:
* The {{Uberwald}} possibly the oldest example of this trope.
* DarkestAfrica, although in modern times this has to be written about carefully to avoid [[GreatWhiteHunter sounding a little Victorian]].
* The LandDownUnder, which, like Mexico, has unfathomably large areas that are totally devoid of people.

It's worth noting that this is too often crosses into UnfortunateImplications and is swiftly falling into being a DiscreditedTrope, as the social construction of the ignorant hillbilly has been compared to {{Blackface}} in terms of being an unfounded stereotype used to make people living in cities and [[{{Suburbia}} the suburbs]] feel better about themselves. In recent years many people in {{Appalachia}} and the DeepSouth
have seen use.[[AppropriatedAppellation retaken the slurs "redneck" and "hillbilly" and the like]] and worn them as badges of honor, and indeed many people in West Virginia and Kentucky regard these terms as falling under NWordPrivileges, but still, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment it's best to proceed with caution]] and be aware of who and where one is writing about.

However, as with many stereotypes, sometimes this is indeed TruthInTelevision ''but in very small doses,'' especially in regions such as [[{{UsefulNotes/Appalachia}} Appalachian Mountains]], where the [[DyingTown postindustrial economy has hurt many towns savagely]]. Appalachia especially is culturally inclined to be [[CloseKnitCommunity suspicious of outsiders and keep family paramount]]; even someone moving there from a nearby town might find themselves on the wrong side of a CultureClash.


For works set in North America, It is well known that many {{MisanthropeSupreme}}s and {{CrazySurvivalist}}s gravitate towards [[CaptainObvious less populated areas because there are several regional recipes:
* '''{{Deep South}}ern Fried''': your choice
fewer people to bother them]], although this is more of WildWest, SouthOfTheBorder, SouthernGothic, or [[TheSavageIndian original recipe]] sauces [[note]] Be warned, ordering the last one will [[DiscreditedTrope earn you dirty looks, these days]][[/note]]
* '''TheOtherRainforest style''', which tends
a Western trope than Eastern. Similarly, some famous serial killers have chosen to involve manifestos, cults, and granola.make their homes in rural areas because there are fewer witnesses.
* '''Classic LovecraftCountry style''', an old favorite best served in a [[TownWithADarkSecret quaint little northern fishing village]].

For works set in more exotic backwaters, there's also the cuisine of the {{Uberwald}}, the SavageSouth, DarkestAfrica, and the LandDownUnder.

It's worth noting that those who actually ''live'' in these areas are frequently [[GenreSavvy aware to varying extents]] of these depictions, and tend to take them with a mix of SelfDeprecatingHumor, CulturalCringe, and [[MexicansLoveSpeedyGonzales legitimate appreciation]] of their region's signature NightmareFuel. On the amusing side, it's not unheard of for a bored local to get a laugh out of playing the CreepyGasStationAttendant with lost tourists, and for anyone with the right accent, a creepy Halloween costume is as easy as getting pair of muddy overalls and exaggerating.

On the creepy side, this can be TruthInTelevision. Even in well-developed regions like the Eastern United States, one can still find the occasional [[HiddenElfVillage isolated small town]] on a postage stamp island, deep in the [[{{UsefulNotes/Appalachia}} Appalachian Mountains]], or [[DyingTown bypassed by the highway]] with only one or two last names among the population. While it's unlikely you'll find a clan of cannibals ignorant of the outside world, generations of isolation tend to lead to a xenophobic CloseKnitCommunity; even someone moving there from a nearby town might find themselves on the wrong side of a CultureClash. Also, many {{Misanthrope Supreme}}s and {{Crazy Survivalist}}s gravitate towards [[CaptainObvious less populated areas because there are fewer people to bother them]], and similarly some serial killers choose to make their homes in rural areas because there are fewer witnesses.






16th Aug '16 3:08:25 PM Da1tonTheGreat
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* ''Film/TheDevilsRejects''
23rd Jun '16 9:25:46 PM FlakyPorcupine
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* Part IV of ''VideoGame/LakeviewCabinCollection'' takes place in this setting, in a {{Homage}} to ''Franchise/TheTexasChainsawMassacre''. Complete with a cannibalistic family.
22nd Jun '16 4:04:07 AM jormis29
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* The ''Point Lookout'' DLC for ''VideoGame/{{Fallout3}}'' has the player fighting mutated hillbillies who have formed a cult around a MadScientist BrainInAJar.
* VideoGame/KillingFloor had an event like this, with a nearly identical name: "Hillbilly Horror". Every enemy in the game was reskinned into a named member of the "Wade Family", and a new map dedicated to said family was added.

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* The ''Point Lookout'' DLC for ''VideoGame/{{Fallout3}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' has the player fighting mutated hillbillies who have formed a cult around a MadScientist BrainInAJar.
* VideoGame/KillingFloor ''VideoGame/KillingFloor'' had an event like this, with a nearly identical name: "Hillbilly Horror". Every enemy in the game was reskinned into a named member of the "Wade Family", and a new map dedicated to said family was added.



* The upcoming ''VideoGame/{{Outlast2}}'' will be set in a countryside that's populate by murderous hillbillies who also worship Satan. The scariest thing, however, is how [[ItCanThink organized]] they are compared to many other examples as well as the Variants of the previous game; they cooperate and thoroughly search the farm for the player character using flashlights and seem to have a sacrificial system.

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* The upcoming ''VideoGame/{{Outlast2}}'' ''VideoGame/OutlastII'' will be set in a countryside that's populate by murderous hillbillies who also worship Satan. The scariest thing, however, is how [[ItCanThink organized]] they are compared to many other examples as well as the Variants of the previous game; they cooperate and thoroughly search the farm for the player character using flashlights and seem to have a sacrificial system.
20th Jun '16 9:26:10 PM Andyroid
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* The Hillbilly is one of the playable Killers from ''VideoGame/DeadByDaylight''. He hunts down the Survivors with a large cattle hammer and [[ChainsawGood a chainsaw]] that can [[OneHitKill incapacitate a Survivor at full health]].
25th May '16 6:47:56 AM Commander808-2
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* Though ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' is set in rural Europe instead of the rural U.S., it definitely gives off this vibe to an extent, especially in the early parts of the game.
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