THE RETREAT (2021) Preview and release news for weekend away thriller


The Retreat is a 2021 Canadian thriller about a female couple on a weekend away that find they are being hunted by extremists.

Directed by Pat Mills from a screenplay written by Alyson Richards, the movie stars Tommie-Amber Pirie, Aaron Ashmore, Rossif Sutherland, Celina Sinden, Chad Connell and Aaron Ashmore.


Renee (Tommie-Amber Pirie) and Valerie (Sarah Allen), a couple at a crossroad in their relationship, leave the city to spend the weekend at a remote cabin with friends but when they arrive, their friends are nowhere to be found.

As the pair stumble through their relationship woes, they discover they are being hunted by a group of militant extremists who are determined to exterminate them…

Release date:

The Retreat will be released by Quiver Distribution (Paradise Cove; Becky) theatrically, on Digital and On-Demand on May 21st 2021.

Director Pat Mills commented: “Being different and sticking out in a place that does not feel safe is something we can all relate to, but for those of us who are queer-identified, this fear takes up space in our identities – it becomes a part of us.

[It’s] a cabin-in-the-woods movie made for us and by us – but everyone can relate to the need to survive. As extremist subcultures boil to the surface, the fears explored in The Retreat are more relevant than ever.”

Writer Alyson Richards said The Retreat is: “the movie version of how I feel these days: Don’t f*ck with us ’cause we’ll fight back. Writing The Retreat was my cathartic way of dealing with my anger.”

Cast and characters:

Tommie-Amber Pirie … Renee
Sarah Allen … Valerie
Celina Sinden … Layna
Munro Chambers … Scott
Chad Connell … Connor
Aaron Ashmore … James
Rossif Sutherland … Gavin
Patrick Garrow … Huck
Gavin Fox … Victor
Joey Coleman … Jed
Don Masters … Shopkeeper

Filming locations:

Ontario, Canada


Not to be confused with Bruce Wemple‘s 2020 Wendigo movie The Retreat


Initial source: Bloody Disgusting