Cabin 28 (2017) reviews and overview

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‘Don’t bother locking the door. They’re already inside.’

Cabin 28 is a 2017 British horror feature film produced and directed by prolific Andrew Jones (Werewolves of the Third Reich; The Toymaker; The Amityville Asylum; et al) from a screenplay by John Klyza (Silent Night, Bloody Night 2: Revival; Invitation to Die; Cheerleader Camp: To the Death). The North Bank Entertainment production stars Terri Dwyer, Gareth Lawrence and Brendee Green.

The film is loosely based upon the unsolved true-life Keddie Murders that took place in 1981 and allegedly also inspired The Strangers horror movie (2008).

Plot:

On April 11th 1981, Sue Sharp and her family are enjoying their stay at cabin 28 in the peaceful holiday resort of Keddie. However, a day of fun at the remote getaway turns into a heart-stopping nightmare as nightfall brings masked strangers to the cabin.

A brutal battle for survival leaves several members of the family dead and one missing. An extensive police investigation follows but no-one is convicted of the crime. Now, over thirty years later, cabin 28 finally gives up its deadly secret…

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Reviews [click links to read more]:

“The film is pretty relentless in its cruelty towards the victims and the violence at times is also pretty nasty […] It’s a pretty short film, so it doesn’t hang about getting to the action and contrary to other people’s reviews I really enjoyed it.” The Fleapit Cinema

“I have no problem with people trying to tell a story that has been effectively forgotten about but when what you offer isn’t entertaining or interesting then what is the point? Cabin 28 isn’t a documentary, it’s a horror movie so it has to be judged as a horror movie. On that basis, it is a terrible & unoriginal horror movie.” Games, Brrraaains & A Head-Banging Life

” …a film that for the most part is a slow-burning horror, building suspense rather going for scares. When the violence does come, it’s so different from the rest of the film that it makes it all the more vicious. My favourite of all Andrew Jones’ opus, so far, Cabin 28 belies it’s low-budget and it’s UK origins to create a visceral experience that I surprisingly actually enjoyed much more than it’s true-story brethren, The Strangers.” Nerdly

“The script written by John Klyza is extremely predictable, the dialogue desperately expositional and horrendously cringing at times. Regrettably, actors’ performances also have little to offer – wooden, dull and lifeless in the first part of the film, it switches to excessively over dramatised facial expressions and behaviours halfway through.” Phase 9 Entertainment

“Reaching an armchair-clenching crescendo two-thirds of the way in, the fifteen-minute interview-based denouement was difficult to adjust to from a mental perspective. It’s akin to switching from the thrill of the ghost train to the calm of the rocking horse at the fairground; it’s hard to cap your adrenaline to focus. Still, on second viewing it was a little more organic, and such nit-picking shouldn’t diminish the praise for what’s a very impressive home invasion movie.” The Schlock Pit

Main cast:

Terri Dwyer (The Apostate: Call of the Revenant; Wraith), Gareth Lawrence (Werewolves of the Third ReichBunny the Killer Thing; Vampire Resurrection), Brendee Green (Hannibal), Lee Bane, Derek Nelson, Jason Homewood, Harriet Rees, Sean Rhys-James, Lucas Bradwell, Alexander Bradwell, Jevan White, Ryan Michaels, Linny Bushey.

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