%% Image selected per Image Pickin' thread: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=1503267609010632700
%% Please do not replace or remove without starting a new thread.
[[quoteright:350:[[Franchise/FridayThe13th http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/rsz_g8hmo79rsfxb1zebdioq.png]]]]

->''"Of course it follows the well-understood Hollywood moral of 'don't fuck with hillbillies'."''
-->-- WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment about ''Film/{{Pumpkinhead}}''

Works where the horror lurks in isolated, rural areas. May include [[IncestIsRelative a deeply inbred family]], a SerialKiller or SerialRapist (or [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs both]], seeing how MurderersAreRapists) or maybe even a CannibalClan. The native environment of the SackheadSlasher.

Usually the result of someone not heeding the warning: DontGoInTheWoods. Depending on where the characters are, "woods" may be substituted for {{swamps|AreEvil}}, [[ThirstyDesert deserts]], [[GhostTown abandoned towns]], {{Deserted Island}}s, [[FlyoverCountry endless stretches of highway]], [[AbsurdlySpaciousSewer beneath]] [[SinisterSubway the bustling city streets]], and even [[GrimUpNorth 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.
* 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}} is 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 is well known that many {{misanthrope|Supreme}}s and {{crazy survivalist}}s gravitate towards [[CaptainObvious less populated areas because there are fewer people to bother them]], although this is more of a Western trope than Eastern. Similarly, some famous serial killers have chosen 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]]".

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX'' story "Welcome to the Bayou", in which Frank taks out a CannibalClan of gator-raising racist hillbillies.
* ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'': Jody and T.C. are a pair of murderous hicks who obey the commands of Jesse's grandmother. Herr Starr also loses a leg after being found by a trio of inbred cannibals.
* Creator/AlanMoore's ''ComicBook/{{Providence}}'', being a {{Deconstruction}} of Creator/HPLovecraft and LovecraftCountry, tackles this trope:
** The fish-people of Salem resent how the townfolk and in general tourists see them as hicks because they are mixed-raced, with the narrative comparing their prejudice to be similar to anti-semitism.
** Garland Wheatley and his family also resent how the people of Athol and the Stella Saps (as he and Boggs call the Order) are treated as low-down hicks. So, what does Garland Wheatley do to prove that he and his family are not low-down hicks who are unworthy of the knowledge of cosmic force? He proceeds [[spoiler:to summon Yog-Sothoth and impregnate his daughter with abominations for twins]]:
---> '''Robert Black''': My God. You hear about how these things [[StopBeingStereotypical are forever going on among the rural poor, but I'd always assumed such tales were born of city prejudices]].
* ''ComicBook/HackSlash'' featured a number of stories like this. Subverted in "Wallow In Death", in which it turns out that the undead hillbilly serial killer was driven to it by the cruelty of some arrogant student holiday makers, and that all his victims [[AssholeVictim deserved it]].
* ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'' plays with this when John Constantine is looking for two old acquaintances in the middle of nowhere, and ends up right in the middle of what seems like a Deliverance-reenactment in a DyingTown. His old "friends" seem to be running a sexual slavery business, and even drug John and [[BestialityIsDepraved film him being molested by a dog]]. The whole town is full of corrupt hicks who seem to be in on it. [[spoiler: Its then subverted when its revealed that, aside from the dog incident which only involved one guy with a grudge against John, the entire operation is actually consensual. The people of the town have been taking turns being the "victim" in the films, which are sold online as a way for the town to make a living after the local plant closed. The people are creepy and repulsive, but nothing evil is going on]]. He later runs into a bunch of neo-Nazis led by a homophobic colonel. [[spoiler:The neo-Nazis are killed by a golem while the colonel is disowned by his daughter for sucking off the BiggerBad in his daughter's stead.]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}: Emerald Hell'' subverts this as most of the people of Enigma, Georgia and the swamps around it are hospitable and welcoming to Hellboy (who some mistake for the Devil). The swamp children, despite their odd appearances from toxic waste, are just that: sweet children. The brothers Duffy and Deeter however are as evil as they are beautiful and Brother Jester is corrupted by some foul power and his own vengeance.
* Averted in ''ComicBook/DetectiveComics #410'', which features a group of carnival freaks living out in the swamp. Normally this would be a setup for Hillbilly Horror, but the villain in the story is actually the former circus strong man, the most normal of the group.
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' has the infamous Angel Clan, originally consisting of Pa, Junior, Link and the youngest, the insane homicidal cyborg Mean Machine. They were killed off in the "Judge Child" arc, but Mean Machine was brought back due to his popularity, and eventually reunited with his brother Fink Angel, an Angel clan member who was such a freakshow he was an outcast even compared to them. The Angels were a family of sadistic, homicidal rednecks living out in the Cursed Earth, the irradiated desert that was once the American countryside, and made a living of robbing and murdering travellers, as well as terrorizing their neighbors. Ironically, Mean Machine was originally kind and sweet-natured, but Pa wouldnt stand for that kind of personality in ''his'' family and kidnapped a doctor who he forced to turn Mean into a cyborg, driving him violently insane in the process.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/AlienAbduction2014'' looks like it will have elements of this as the Morris family gets lost in the forest on Brown Mountain, but the sole local they meet, Sean, is ultimately helpful as they try to escape the aliens pursuing them, despite his initially greeting them with a shotgun.
* ''Film/AndSoonTheDarkness'': Two young women are biking through the French countryside (Argentina in the remake) and run straight into a rapist murderer who preys on travellers.
%%* ''Film/AmericanGothic''
* ''Film/AttackOfTheGiantLeeches'': Giant leeches attacking a swamp town.
%%* ''Film/AxEm''
* ''Film/BloodsuckersFromOuterSpace'' concerns an alien force turning farmers into zombies in a small Texas town.
* ''Film/CabinFever'' involves a group being infected with a horrific flesh-eating virus whilst out camping in a woodland cabin.
* ''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/{{Carver}}''
* ''Franchise/ChildrenOfTheCorn'': The small Nebraska town of Gatlin, which is home to a child cult that worships the corn surrounding the town and a demonic entity known as He Who Walks Behind the Rows. It was originally a normal small town, but the children were influenced by a child preacher named Isaac who led them to massacre the adults, with the motivation that the "corrupt adults" were the reason for an extended drought affecting the corn harvest.
* ''Film/ChildrenOfTheNight'': A vampire terrorizing a small country town.
* ''Film/ChernobylDiaries'' is a FoundFootage film wherein a bunch of tourists explore Pripyat (the abandoned city next to Chernobyl) and are picked off by the mutated descendants of the people who stayed there despite the radiation leak.
%%* ''Film/ColdPrey''
* ''Film/{{Deliverance}}''. While the wilderness itself is portrayed as a far greater threat, the film's human villains, a group of hillbillies who hunt and rape the protagonists, quickly became one of the most iconic elements of the film. Banjo music has never been the same.
%%* ''Film/DontGoInTheWoods''
* ''Film/{{Duel}}'' revolves around a milquetoast businessman being chased and harassed by an insane redneck in a trailer truck through the California desert.
* ''Film/DyingBreed'' is a New Zealand take on the topic, where a bunch of zoologists looking for the rumored surviving specimens of the Tasmanian Tiger instead stumble across a town full of inbred, cannibalistic bogans descended from Alexander Pierce, a famous convict and SerialKiller who turned cannibal after escaping into the bush.
* ''Film/EatenAlive'' revolves around a hotel in the DeepSouth being run by a crazed war-veteran who keeps feeding people to his pet gator.
%%* ''Film/EdenLake'' (for OopNorth)
* ''Film/TheEvilDead1981'' is set up almost perfectly for this, with a small band of people trapped in an isolated woodland cabin and being picked off by demonic spirits that possess the corpses of their kills.
* ''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'' is an EvilVsEvil case of this, where a band of female murderers plan to rob an old man with two dim-witted sons living alone on a rural farm, only to find the menfolk to be more than a match for the women in terms of malignancy.
%%* ''Film/TheFinalTerror''
* Jason Voorhees in the ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' films often has elements of this trope, though later films turned him into a straight-up zombie.
%%* ''Film/{{Frontiers}}''
* ''Film/FrostbiterWrathOfTheWendigo'': A {{Wendigo}} butchering redneck hunters.
* ''Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle'': Parodied/Subverted. Harold and Kumar's car breaks down in the middle of the woods and they are picked up by a creepy, hideous, decrepit truck driver called Freakshow. The scenes play out like a slasher film with Harold and Kumar expecting Freakshow to murder them at any point. It turns out he's actually a well-meaning if loony guy with a [[UglyGuyHotWife surprisingly attractive wife]]. It gets even weirder when his wife invites them to have a threeway with her, but when Freakshow insists on joining in, Harold and Kumar hightail it out of there.
* ''Film/{{Hatchet}}'': A swamp is haunted by an undead murderer who was killed by a mob from the local town.
* ''Film/TheHillsHaveEyes2006'': A family on vacation runs afoul of a clan of degenerate cannibals in the Nevada desert, who have become hideous mutants due to a combination of the radiation from nearby nuclear weapons tests and inbreeding.
* ''Film/TheHillsRunRed'': A film student is obsessed with a legendary lost film named ''The Hills Run Red'', and sets out to discover the truth behind it, which leads him right into something that deliberately plays up the idea of hillbilly horror. [[spoiler:The original movie's director created his own hillbilly horror setting for the sole purpose of making the "perfect" horror movie. He killed the original actor who played the murderer, and the man in the film is the director's disfigured son that he had with his own underage daughter for the sole purpose of filling this trope]].
* The Firefly family in Music/RobZombie's ''Film/HouseOf1000Corpses'' and ''Film/TheDevilsRejects''. In the first film, they hunt, torture, and kill a group of young people going through their neck of the woods, while in the second one, they become the {{Villain Protagonist}}s on the run from the law.
* ''Film/HouseOfWax2005'' has [[WaxMuseumMorgue the mad wax museum curator]] operating a small facility in the middle of nowhere.
* ''Film/IDrinkYourBlood'' subverts this, in that the hillbillies are actually decent people and it's the Satanic, murderous hippies who are evil. Unfortunately for the hillbillies, their plan to get back at said hippies by giving them meatpies contaminated with rabies backfires.
* ''Film/ISpitOnYourGrave'' inverts this, in it's about a woman who, having been raped and abused by hillbillies, returns to brutally torture and butcher them in revenge.
* ''Film/JeepersCreepers'' is set in the rural parts of America and revolves around a HumanoidAbomination that cannibalizes people to perpetuate its immortality.
%%* ''Film/JoyRide''
* ''Film/JugFace'' features a backwoods community who worship an EldritchAbomination living in a pit.
* ''Film/JustBeforeDawn'': Youths go on a camping trip in Oregon and are hunted down by a psychopathic murderous hillbilly[[spoiler: pair of twins]].
* ''Film/{{Madman}}'' revolves around an isolated, rural town being tormented by the local psycho-hillbilly zombie killer, Madman Marz.
* ''Film/ManThing'' is set in the deep swamps of Louisiana, where a bunch of people end up being offed by the titular humanoid plant monster.
* ''Film/MidnightMovie'' has the ShowWithinAShow "The Dark Beneath", the origin of the SlasherMovie villain, being this sort of generic slasher film.
* ''Film/{{Misery}}'' has an author "rescued" by a murderous LoonyFan of his and imprisoned in her isolated homestead, where she tortures him into writing her a novel exclusively for her.
* ''Film/MonsterMan'' has a Satanically empowered, hideously deformed monster truck-driving hillbilly running down victims with the aid of his BlackMagic-practicing sister in order to use the mutilated victims to provide HumanSacrifice-fueled limb-transplants for their mutual brother, who's only kept alive by constant grafts after Monster Man accidentally ran him over.
* ''Film/MotelHell'' features an insane sibling pair who run a motel and family farm, supplementing their income by abducting victims both from the motel and from engineered car-crashes, imprisoning them by burying them up to their necks (with their vocal chords cut so they can't call for help) and forcefeeding them until they're ready to process them into meat for their famous meat pastries.
* ''Film/MothersDay'': Some travelers in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey encounter a murderous madwoman and her insanely devoted offspring.
* ''Film/MotorHomeMassacre'' is set up this way, with the killing taking place in a campground and a creepy redneck pair who show up for a couple of scenes, but it's ultimate averted: [[spoiler: the killers are the psychotic Nicole and Sabrina's ex-boyfriend Tom, both city-dwellers]].
* ''Film/TheNailGunMassacre'' is a rare redneck-on-redneck slaughterfest, with a bunch of rural Texan construction workers being brutally butchered by [[spoiler:the brother of the woman they gang-raped, who has the "hillbilly" name of Bubba]].
* ''Film/PulpFiction'': Butch and Marcellus Wallace get kidnapped by two Southern pawn shop owners. Marcellus gets raped by them.
* ''Film/{{Pumpkinhead}}'': Revolves around a monstrous apparition named Pumpkinhead that haunts the backwoods of the Midwest and will kill anyone who it's summoned to destroy.
%%* ''Film/{{Severance}}''
* In ''Film/SharkNight'', the titular sharks are the "pets" of some redneck SnuffFilm makers.
%%* ''Film/SickGirl''
%%* ''Film/Film/SpiderBabyOrTheMaddestStoryEverTold''
%%* ''Film/StrawDogs'' (moreso TheRemake)
* ''Franchise/TheTexasChainsawMassacre'' series has Leatherface and his family, the Sawyers, who became the {{Trope Codifier}}s for this. They're from rural Texas, they're [[ImAHumanitarian cannibals]], and they check off every box on the list of hillbilly stereotypes.
* ''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 Dale's social awkwardness and the college students being firm believers in this trope. [[spoiler:Ultimately played straight as it turns out the true villain of the movie is the result of a hillbilly horror event years before.]]
* ''Film/TwoThousandManiacs'' is a series of films combining this trope with GhostStory, where unfortunate travelers encounter a town full of Confederate-aligned ghosts who "celebrate" the day their town was destroyed and they were killed by Union soldiers by brutally murdering any Yankees who fall into their clutches.
%%* ''Film/ViolentShit'' (just the first two)
%%* ''Film/Venom2005''
* ''Film/TheWickerMan1973'' Slightly less monstrous than its U.S. equivalent. A pagan cult believes that the only way to ensure that its next apple harvests succeeds is through a human sacrifice.
%%* ''Film/WithoutAPaddle''
* ''Film/WolfCreek'' is a version of this set in Australia, where hitchhikers/backpackers encounter a serial killer roaming the backroads of the country.
%%* ''Film/TheWoman''
* The ''Film/WrongTurn'' series. A group of deformed cannibal siblings live in the backwoods of the northeastern U.S, and prey on anyone who ventures near their territory. [[spoiler:The gas station attendant who sends travelers that way is the cannibals' father.]]

* ''Literature/{{Apeshit}}'' features protagonists straying into an area in the backwoods where nothing can properly die, which has resulted in local hillbillies turning into horrific monsters. [[spoiler:Zigzagged in that the protagonists end up turning into even worse monsters than the hillbillies!]]
* Close to every novel and short story Edward Lee has ever written, which he calls "redneck horror." ''The Dunwich Romance'' in particular was based on the Lovecraft story discussed below and pretty much takes this trope to its most grotesque limit.
* Creator/HPLovecraft was probably the TropeCodifier. (See also: LovecraftCountry)
** In "The Lurking Fear", it turns out the "monsters" are [[spoiler:the cannibalistic descendants of a single family so heavily inbred they have all but turned into goblins]].
** ''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.
** "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."
** "Literature/TheDunwichHorror" is a pretty classic example of this trope. Dunwich is a decayed hamlet in the backwoods of Massachusetts. Its denizens are described as follows:
-->They have come to form a race by themselves, with the well-defined mental and physical stigmata of degeneracy and inbreeding. The average of their intelligence is woefully low, whilst their annals reek of overt viciousness and of half-hidden murders, incests, and deeds of almost unnameable violence and perversity.
** "Literature/TheRatsInTheWalls": The main character returns to his ancestral home in England, abandoned since his great-great-grandfather murdered his family members and fled to America. The reason for the massacre is unknown, as the main character's grandfather died during the CivilWar along with the secret, but the family and the ruin has a bad reputation dating back centuries, and the inhabitants of the area despises it. [[spoiler:The family had been part of an ancient cult that secretly bred humans for sacrifice and food. The caves beneath the ruins are filled with bones, deformed and twisted through centuries of inbreeding.]]
* Most Jack Ketchum stories, the most well known of them probably being ''Off Season''.
* Inverted in ''Literature/TheTroop''. The horror happens ''to'' them, rather than being perpetrated ''by'' them. And since it's East Coast Canada, they're Newfies.
* Subverted 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 city-folk counterparts.
* Despite having Britain in the setting, Marvolo Gaunt and his son, Morfin, are Rowling's presentation of this trope, as shown in a PensieveFlashback in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'', where they make their only appearance in the series, since [[PosthumousCharacter they're long gone by the time the series take place]]. They are backwaters wizards who keep themselves isolated in their own filthy little shack, removed from most others and with a strong distrust for outsiders ([[FantasticRacism more so if said outsiders happen to be Muggles or Muggle-born -- in fact, the Gaunt family has had a long tradition of marrying their own cousins in the hope of avoiding to consort with Muggles due to their pure-blood supremacy belief]]). They also make the life of Merope, Marvolo's daughter and Morfin's sister, Hell for all of her life, culminating in her eventually running away from them once they're incarcerated.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Numerous ''Series/CriminalMinds'' episodes, the most obvious being "Blood Relations", featuring the deformed Mountain Man/Killer Woodsman.
* 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".
* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "The Benders," Sam and Dean investigate a "phantom abductor" causing people to vanish from a rural town. It turns out that the monsters responsible for the disappearances are [[spoiler:just...people, hillbilly humans]] who like to [[spoiler:hunt people for sport]].
* In the ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' episode "Countrycide," the team investigates strange disappearances in a rural area. The perpetrators turn out to be [[spoiler:completely human cannibals]] rather than the [[spoiler:alien activity]] more typical for Torchwood.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Home", revolving around the Peacocks, three brothers who are descended from a family that has been reproducing through inbreeding since the CivilWar, resulting in the brothers being physically deformed. A deformed infant is found dead in the woods, and Mulder and Scully are called in, and discover that the infant is related to the Peacocks, despite there being no women in the Peacock family, leading them to suspect they've kidnapped a woman and have been raping her. [[spoiler:The baby is the offspring of one of the brothers and their quadruple amputee mother, believed to be dead since a car accident that killed their father and kept hidden in the house ever since. She's willingly been participating in their incestuous relationship, and escapes with her oldest son at the end of the episode.]]
* ''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.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TableTopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'':
** Ogres can really only be described as demented giant-kin hillbilly rapists, at best. Comes complete with ParentalIncest, BrotherSisterIncest, [[BodyHorror inbreeding-fueled deformities]], some very nasty takes on HotSkittyOnWailordAction, a taste for [[ImAHumanitarian human flesh]], murderous sadism, a liking for making stuff out of bones and body parts, and a racial fondness for ''[[HooksAndCrooks hooks]]'' as a preferred melee weapon. [[BrainBleach You'll need a long shower even if you]] ''[[BrainBleach win]]'' [[BrainBleach against ogres]]. [[CruelAndUnusualDeath And if you lose, well...]]
** Marsh Giants mix this with Lovecraftian cultish themes, being dedicated servitors of either Dagon (a Lovecraftian member of the DemonLordsAndArchDevils) or actual Great Old Ones like Cthulhu. 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/NewWorldOfDarkness'':
** ''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 back-road watering holes and road houses.
** ''TabletopGame/HunterTheVigil'' supplement ''Slasher'' offers rules to play as a SlasherMovie villain or any archetype you wish, including this one. The Hillbilly Horror variety of Slashers are primarily represented by the Freak and Mutant Undertakings, which are mentioned to frequently stick together as {{Cannibal Clan}}s, be very territorial, use trap and live in secluded areas where they hunt people.
* ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'' features several groups that fit this trope.
** The Genetic Irregulars are a group of ronin Garou and Black Spiral Dancers who live in rural areas and indulge in cannibalism and Garou-Garou mating.
** ''Rage Across Appalachia'' features a rural clan of [[DemonicPossession fomori]] called the Bledsons. The Bledsons are a squalid family living near a polluted pond that is infested with banes. All Bledson males are compelled to enter the pond as a rite of passage, infecting them with banes.
** ''Rage Across Appalachia'' also features the Pigeon River Howlers, a bluegrass band composed of Black Spiral Dancers who use music to spread Wyrm taint.
* ''TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasy'': The more isolated provinces of Bretonnia and the Empire tend to have this problem due to the liberal use of TheDungAges. Even worse in Sylvania, where frequent famines make cannibalism a disliked but socially accepted practice, and that's before the fact that it's run by vampires...

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' gives us The Altruist Cult, one of the most horrific examples of this trope. They fit the archetype as rural woodlands dwellers who are crazy, cannibalistic murderers.
* The ''Point Lookout'' DLC for ''VideoGame/Fallout3'' has the player fighting mutated hillbillies who have formed a cult around a MadScientist BrainInAJar.
** The main game has the small settlement of Andale, which plays with this trope. It's only inhabited by two families, who obsessively cling to the values and fashions of the pre-War world for humorous effect [[spoiler: but in reality, they're an inbred clan of cannibals who prey on hapless travellers. The basement and sheds in the family homes are full of human corpses, and the settlement has such a nasty reputation even the Raiders avoid it. They're descended from an original group of four families that survived the nuclear apocalypse and took to inbreeding and cannibalism to survive]].
* ''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.
* Cousin Eddy from ''VideoGame/TwistedMetal'' Head-On is a parody, whilst Billy Ray, driver of Junkyard Dog, is a subversion, he is a deformed murderer, but is sympathetic once the player finds out why.
* ''VideoGame/OutlastII'' is set in a rural Arizona town called Temple Gate, which is populated almost entirely by murderous hillbilly [[{{Cult}} cultists]] led by a self-proclaimed prophet of God. 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.
* The base game of ''VideoGame/DeadByDaylight'' has the Hillbilly, who hunts down the Survivors with a large cattle hammer and [[ChainsawGood a chainsaw]] that can [[OneHitKill incapacitate a Survivor at full health]]. A {{DLC}} later introduced Leatherface from ''Franchise/TheTexasChainsawMassacre'', referred to in-game as the Cannibal. He uses a sledge and his iconic chainsaw as weapons, and can enter a crazed state where he wildly swings his chainsaw around in large sweeps, instantly downing any Survivor he hits. The Hillbilly [[WordOfGod was stated to have been based directly on Leatherface]], hence the similarities between the two.
* Part IV of ''VideoGame/LakeviewCabinCollection'' takes place in this setting, in a {{Homage}} to ''Franchise/TheTexasChainsawMassacre''. Complete with a cannibalistic family living in a decaying farm house full of blood, corpses and slaughterhouse equipment. The house can actually be seen across the lake in Part III.
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil7Biohazard'' takes places on a decaying, decrepit plantation manor in a Louisiana bayou, inhabited by the Bakers -- a small but superhumanly tough and strong CannibalClan of murderous kidnappers who keep horrific fungus-people monsters locked up in their basement. Though it should be noted that the Bakers aren't ignorant or stupid; they're just crazy. [[spoiler:In a twist on the trope, it's also eventually revealed [[BrainwashedAndCrazy they weren't even like this originally]]: they used to be perfectly normal and nice people (except for [[BlackSheep Lucas]], but even he was a prick at worst) and were transformed into these super-powered sociopaths after they rescued and took in a little girl, who unfortunately turned out to be a HumanoidAbomination SuperSoldier GoneHorriblyWrong and promptly {{Mind Rape}}d them into this state.]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* You wouldn't know it by [[GadgeteerGenius the high-tech gadgets they tend to use]], but [[EvilPoacher Will Legal's poacher gang]] in the roleplays of ''Webcomic/WhiteDarkLife'' are hillbillies and rednecks. And while they're ostensibly poachers, they're actually ''worse'' than that since they have a knack for hunting FunnyAnimals. Their crowning achievement, Wildlife Downar, is a rocket-propelled, barrel-shaped CoolAirship armed to the teeth with harpoons, nets, guns, and other hunting equipment.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' subverts this in the episode "The Vacation", where the Watterson family breaks down in the middle of nowhere and are picked up by a toothless (his one tooth fell out) old hillbilly who lives in an abandoned gas station with his mother. They're friendly, outgoing folks, but the Wattersons believe this trope enough they end up running through the desert hurting themselves trying to escape. They realize the truth after falling into the "graves" he dug for them (actually toilets, one for each of them for privacy), and apologize for their reactions. He waves it off until they mention his mother, [[MamasBoy which is the only thing they do that upsets him]].
* Downplayed in the ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' episode "The Swamp", where the swamp is possibly sentient and provides hallucinations to our heroes but the hillbillies are relatively friendly (even if they did try to eat Appa). Even less so in the sequel series, where [[spoiler:Toph]] has taken up residence there, spending her time terrorizing the aforementioned hillbillies and generally being herself.
* ''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.