Director: Matt Thompson
Starring: Matt Thompson, Kimberly Alexander, Christopher Frontiero, Jesse Kristofferson, Gina Comaretto
Run Time: 87 minutes
Release Date: Monday 11th August (a 101 Films release)
In 1779 a group of travelling American settlers encounter some of the native Americans. They shoot some, killing them. The survivors cast a curse on the settlers and their bloodline that will be past down from generation to generation.
It is now the present day and Brett (Thompson) has recently lost his grandfather and doubts his faith in God as a result. He and a group of friends decide to head out to a secluded cabin that Brett discovers his grandfather had kept secret. The cabin was built by the native Americans seen earlier and Brett is part of the cursed bloodline. The group start to experience strange events that convince them they are in danger from an unknown evil.
Despite it’s less than original premise The Cabin (aka Bloodline) is a surprisingly entertaining movie. From its young cast to its SFX, it’s a low budget film that doesn’t feel like one. It doesn’t rush things either, giving all characters time to be developed as well as the plot to be fleshed out.
The story does have some intrigue though, when it comes to protagonist Brett. A dashing, young Jeff Fahey look-a-like he was orphaned as a young child and the grandfather that raised him has died recently. Brett attends church and carries a Holy Bible with him everywhere, it is apparent he is using his faith to help him during a difficult period. Later, once at the cabin, he seems to question his faith and believes he doesn’t require it anymore. Around this time is the emergence of the evil out to kill his friends and finally him. Is his loss of belief in God the reason why this is happening? In one emotional scene he even drops to his knees and screams to God when the situation worsens.
For this and other dimensions to be added to the character’s The Cabin is a slow burner before any ‘action’ happens on screen. Apart from some brief, but gory, bloodshed at the beginning of the feature the rest of the run time is light on the crimson. The interaction of the actors is what is concentrated on, exploring their personalities to see what makes them tick and ultimately how they react when things go bad. The overweight and loud-mouthed joker Davy (Frontiero) comes across as the spare part of the group and is paranoid that his friends are mocking him for his weight. He keeps himself to himself and the evil lurking in the woods tries to take advantage of this. But it is Brett, played by the director himself, that is the most interesting role with his doubts about his religion. Kimberly Alexander, as Brett’s love interest Katie, is a convincing actress who does ‘smitten teen’ very well.
The final act of The Cabin is when all the promise of the film is delivered. With some realistic gore effects the acts of violence on screen will please anyone who may have lost interest due to the lack of it. The titular cabin is actually used as a safehouse by the teens and it is when they leave that horrific things happen to them.
A tension building horror, The Cabin is a brooding, eerie movie that covers numerous themes like religion, love and friendship. With a bigger budget and longer run time it could have been something very special.
7 out of 10.
The Cabin on 101 Films: www.101-films.com
Amazon DVD page: HERE