->''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 and especially {{Cannibal Clan}}s.

DontGoInTheWoods is the most common flavor, other locales such as a [[SwampsAreEvil swamps]], [[ThirstyDesert deserts]], [[GhostTown abandoned towns]], [[DesertedIsland deserted islands]], endless stretches of highway, [[AbsurdlySpaciousSewer beneath]] [[SinisterSubway the bustling city streets]], and even [[GrimUpNorth snowscapes]] have seen use. For works set in America there are two regional style: DeepSouth , and the ever-popular LovecraftCountry style for when the For works set in more exotic backwaters, there's the SavageSouth, DarkestAfrica, and the LandDownUnder.

Its worth noting that those who actually ''live'' in these areas are frequently [[GenreSavvy aware to varying extents]] of these depictions, and tend to view these depictions with a mix of SelfDeprecatingHumor, CulturalCringe, and [[MexicansLoveSpeedyGonzales legitimate appreciation]]. On the amusing side, its 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]] surrounded by impassible swamp or deep in the mountains with only one or two last names among the population. While its 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.


[[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The other wiki]] refers to this trope as "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hixploitation Hixploitation]]".

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[[folder: Comics ]]

* ''ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX'' story "Welcome to the Bayou".
* ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'': Jody and T.C. are a pair of murderous hicks who obey the commands of Jesse's mother.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/AndSoonTheDarkness''
* ''Film/AmericanGothic''
* ''Film/AxEm''
* ''Film/CabinFever''
* ''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods'' (part of it, anyway; it gets complicated after that)
* ''Film/{{Carver}}''
* ''Franchise/ChildrenOfTheCorn''
* ''Film/ChernobylDiaries''
* ''Film/{{Deliverance}}''
* ''Film/TheDevilsRejects''
* ''Film/DontGoInTheWoods''
* ''Film/{{Duel}}''
* ''Film/EatenAlive''
* ''Film/EdenLake'' (for OopNorth)
* ''Film/TheEvilDead''
* ''Film/TheFactsInTheCaseOfMisterHollow'' involves the investigation of a MysteryCult in the woods of northern Ontario, and a [[DontGoInTheWoods camping trip]] that may have gone very, very wrong.
* ''Film/FasterPussycatKillKill''
* ''Film/TheFinalTerror''
* ''Film/FridayThe13th1980''
** ''Film/FridayThe13thPart2''
** ''Film/FridayThe13thPartIII''
** ''Film/FridayThe13th2009'' (2009)
* ''Film/{{Frontiers}}''
* ''Film/{{Hatchet}}''
* ''Film/HouseOf1000Corpses''
* ''Film/HouseOfWax2005''
* ''Film/TheHillsHaveEyes''
* ''Film/{{Husk}}''
* ''Film/IDrinkYourBlood''
* ''Film/ISpitOnYourGrave''
* ''Film/JeepersCreepers''
* ''Film/JoyRide''
* ''Film/JustBeforeDawn''
* ''Film/{{Madman}}''
* ''Film/ManThing''
* ''Film/MidnightMovie''
* ''Film/{{Misery}}''
* ''Film/MonsterMan''
* ''Film/MotelHell''
* ''Film/MothersDay''
* ''Film/MotorHomeMassacre''
* ''Film/TheNailGunMassacre''
* ''Film/{{Pumpkinhead}}''
* ''Film/RedneckZombies''
* ''Film/TheReptile''
* ''Film/{{Severance}}''
* ''Film/SharkNight'' (the sharks are the "pets" of some redneck SnuffFilm makers)
* ''Film/SickGirl''
* ''Film/SpiderBaby''
* ''Film/StrawDogs'' (moreso TheRemake)
* ''Franchise/TheTexasChainsawMassacre''
** ''Film/TheTexasChainSawMassacre1974''
** ''Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacre2''
** ''Film/LeatherfaceTheTexasChainsawMassacreIII''
** ''Film/TexasChainsawMassacreTheNextGeneration''
** ''Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacre2003''
** ''Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacreTheBeginning''
** ''Film/TexasChainsaw3D''
* ''Film/TuckerAndDaleVsEvil'' (a DeconstructiveParody of the genre)
* ''Film/TwoThousandManiacs''
* ''Film/{{Venom}}''
* ''Film/ViolentShit'' (just the first two)
* ''[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Film/Venom Venom]]''
* ''Film/TheWickerMan''
* ''Film/WolfCreek''
* ''Film/TheWoman''
* ''Film/WrongTurn''

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Literature/{{Apeshit}}''
* Close to every novel and short story Edward Lee has ever written, which he calls "redneck horror".
* In ''The Lurking Fear'' by Creator/HPLovecraft it turns out the "monsters" are the cannibalistic descendants of a single family, and are so heavily inbred they have become goblin-like.
** Innsmouth in ''Shadow over Innsmouth'' still looks more or less like a regular late 19th century town, but has been pretty much taken over by an evil cult of Human/Deep One-hybrids generations ago.
** "The Picture in the House" is set in "the ancient, lonely farmhouses of backwoods New England; for there the dark elements of strength, solitude, grotesqueness, and ignorance combine to form the perfection of the hideous."
* Most Jack Ketchum stories, the most well known of them probably being ''Off Season''.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* The ''Series/CriminalMinds'' episodes "Open Season" and "To Hell and Back".
* The ''Series/FridayThe13thTheSeries'' episode "The Long Road Home".
* Parodied on a ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketch from Season 26, Episode 14. A man is in a car accident, and when he wakes up, asks where he is. He's told, "You're tied to a bed in a shack. We're weird hillbilly cannibals and we're gonna stick things in your butt." After he freaks out, he's told he's actually in a hospital; the hillbilly cannibal thing is "an old hospital joke".
* The ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "The Benders".
* The ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' episode "Countrycide".
* ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Home".
* ''Series/TheLastRealityShow'' features a gang of hillbilly-marauders.
* Even though it takes place in a town in rural England, ''Series/TheLeagueOfGentlemen'' is mostly this, especially the Local Shop Couple.

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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* TableTopGame/{{Pathfinder}} features the ogres, which can really only be described as demented hillbilly rapists, at best. Comes complete with ParentalIncest, BrotherSisterIncest, [[BodyHorror inbreeding-fuelled deformities]], HotSkittyOnWailordAction, a taste for [[ImAHumanitarian human flesh]], murderous sadism, a liking for making stuff out of bones & bodyparts, and a racial fondness for ''hooks'' as a preferred melee weapon. [[BrainBleach You'll need a long shower even if you ''win'' against ogres.]] And if you lose, well...
** Marsh Giants giants mix this with Lovecraftian cultish themes. They're rampant cannibals, prefer to eat their own young because they believe that children parasitically weaken their parents, and even their children who aren't eaten are left dead or brain-damaged by the mothers' habits of rampantly drugging themselves on toxic fungi for euphoric highs, which poisons their milk.
* ''TableTopGame/VampireTheRequiem'' offers two [[PrestigeClass bloodlines]] who are twists on this, both of which (unsurprisingly enough) are [[WildMan Gangrel]]: the Oberlochs, an inbred family descended from cruel mine owners who cling to the backwoods and readily recruit; and the Mabrys, who bring the prey to them by running backroad watering holes and road houses.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* 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.
* The island of Baldurans shipwreck in ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' evokes this trope to some extend with the strange descendants of the surviving crew. To fans, it's commonly known as [[spoiler:Werewolf]] Island.
* The moment you first set foot into Haven in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', you know you've come to one of these places.
* 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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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'' episode "[=BFFs=]".
--> '''Cleveland:''' Thanks, Peter! How did you know we were here?
--> '''Peter:''' Well, I felt bad after you left Quahog, so I called your house. Your wife said you were doing a friendship thing in the woods, and I immediately thought; "Well, this is going to end in hillbilly rape". So I tracked you down, and here I am.

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