BTC’s Top 10 Evil Cabin Films
Many films focus on being trapped and secluded at a remote location, but some of the most popular of those have started with a group of people whom go to a cabin for the weekend and never make it out alive. This is BTC’s collection of top 10 evil cabin films.
10. Secret Window – In this 2004 film, A writer is accused for plagiarism by a strange man, who then starts haunting him for “justice.” The performances by Johnny Depp and John Turturro are amazingly interesting. This is a twisted little gem that I highly recommend viewing.
9. Evil Dead II – Bruce Campbell will never be forgotten after his performance given in this lunatic of a film. The lone survivor of an onslaught of flesh-possessing spirits holds up in a cabin with a group of strangers while the demons continue their attack. This is the film in which Ash coined the term boom stick, and cut off his own hand to defeat the demons. You have to love it.
8. Cabin Fever – Written and directed by Eli Roth, A group of five college graduates rent a cabin in the woods and begin to fall victim to a horrifying flesh-eating virus, which attracts the unwanted attention of the homicidal locals. While I don’t think that Eli Roth hung the moon, I do still admire his taste in gore from time-to-time. Without this film he may never have been given the chance to do Hostel, therefore, Cabin Fever made the list. Besides, when talking about death in a cabin, Cabin Fever devoured the topic.
7. Friday the 13th – Throughout the history of horror films there have only been a select few slaughter masters of our time and Jason will never be forgotten. This film is what camp fire stories are made of. Camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp that was the site of a child’s drowning. While the first film turned out to have an unexpected killer, it was still the film that brought to life a supreme mangler that would be talked about for years to come. This franchise still thrives today and there hasn’t been one Halloween that I haven’t seen a few people dressed to kill, as Jason Voorhees. The campgrounds of Crystal Lake will never be the same.
6. Tucker and Dale vs Evil – This film is everything a great horror meets comedy film should be. Tucker & Dale are on vacation at their dilapidated mountain cabin when they are attacked by a group of preppy college kids. If you haven’t seen this film yet, you are surely missing out.
5. Wrong Turn – Six people find themselves trapped in the woods of West Virginia, hunted down by “cannibalistic mountain men grossly disfigured through generations of in-breeding.” It’s basically like blending the films Deliverance and The Hills Have Eyes together and you get this atrocious outcome. It will surely make you think about where you wonder off to when you take your next road trip.
4. The Cabin in the Woods – Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin in the woods, where they get more than they bargained for. Together, they must discover the truth behind the cabin in the woods. You can expect the unexpected with this film. I have to say that I’m not 100% in agreement as to where the film finally leads the viewers but it’s different. And with a name like The Cabin in the Woods, you just have to have it on the list of top 10 evil cabin flicks.
3. I Spit on Your Grave – If there was ever a mother of all revenge films, this would be it. A writer who is brutalized during her cabin retreat seeks revenge on her attackers, who left her for dead. Deathwish doesn’t hold a candle to the punishment that is bestowed on the criminals in this film, and they deserve every blood drenching inch of it.
2. Misery – A screenplay that was crafted from the words of the great Stephen King, this film brings a whole new element of surprise to the screen. A famous novelist is “rescued” from a car crash by an obsessed fan. Sometimes he may wish that he had died in his car instead of having to endure the days and nights of torment that the crazed Annie Wilkes puts him through.
1. Evil Dead (2013 Remake) – Five friends head to a remote cabin, where the discovery of a Book of the Dead leads them to unwittingly summon up demons living in the nearby woods. The evil presence possesses them until only one is left to fight for survival. I actually had a lot to say about this film when it first came out and there is an entire review you can read about it here on BTC called Evil Dead’s Dead Evil. I recommend reading the review but just know there may be a few spoilers in it here and there.
I know, there are many other films that could have and maybe should have made the list but these are the ones I’ve chosen and I hope you watch them if you haven’t seen them yet. I will give a quick honorable mention to Lake Placid as well just because Betty White was completely awesome in the film.
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William C. Raustler