A Somewhat Basic, But Enjoyable Supernatural Thriller.
I was pleasantly surprised by this film.
Being a TubiTV Original, and all...I expected it to be far worse than it is.
It's actually quite an engaging little film.
One that's simple, yet effective.
In it, we find ourselves following a young social media influencer, who has taken up the van life.
Only to leave it behind, when she finds an affordable cabin, in a remote, rural town.
However, it turns out that the cabin has a dark past.
Which she's driven to uncover...you know...for the views.
Only to find out she's asking questions, she might not be ready to face the answers to.
To keep things interesting, they add in a bit of a twist, and some misdirection.
Which gives the film an air of mystery.
Although it's more of a supernatural thriller than it is a horror.
It's definitely worth watching.
Especially compared to a lot of the other original films that TubiTV has to offer.
Even if it is a bit basic.
3.5 out of 10.
Reviewed by BandSAboutMovies5 / 10
Out of the van, into the cabin
Ava Robbins (Rose Lane Sanfilippo) is a social media influencer who has moved from #vanlife to #cabinlife as she settles in a small town. An accident has left her unable to drive for several months, so she's putting up roots, getting to know the cute local mechanic Kellen (Austin Scott) and oh yeah, getting obsessed and eventually haunted by Hannah Granger, the witch who has become an urban legend in the region where she's trying to make her home.
The entire time that Ava is trying to make a new life, she's haunted by a man in another van who keeps stalking her, getting closer by the second. She's also investigating the haunted Granger family, even going as far as to go to an asylum and try to meet with Elijah Granger (Brian James Fitzpatrick), who has survived shooting off most of his face and brain with a shotgun.
Ava gradually -- well, until one part -- becomes an unstable narrator. That part would be after she finally hooks up with Kellen and the movie looks at its run time and says, "Let's just hurry this up" and Ava makes a character leap into insanity. I blame the Ouija board, as I always do. Just leave those things in the box.
Closer to an f-giallo than a horror movie, Cabin Girl finally comes together in the end but it's the kind of closure that I can see some members of its audience not being all that happy with.
This was directed by Jon D. Wagner and written by Leslie Beaumont and Rory James Wood. It's certainly looks better than many streaming movies, has an interesting twist and man, there's a disquieting moment of gore near the ending that made my hand hurt.
Reviewed by rohanumpleby-340575 / 10
She Goes, it Follows
Now I am split on this film, as on the one hand I like how it's simple and effective, yet think to myself it could have been better as a higher budget film. As I think the acting would of been better and I see it working, like a Cake rather then a pancake. You take a pancake and it is flat, you take a cake and it rises. Like Rise as in it was a success! Odd comparison but I think the horror aspects would of been better. And more scary scenes. But I like the product that we got. I think the film has a lot of charming moments that help it to stand out, and I'd be lying to you if I said I didn't find it interesting. So make yourself a Cuppa and have a biscuit and enjoy my review. Hopefully it'll tempt you to watch the film, but probably not. No definitely not.
Or should I say Character. Ava who is the main character as we follow her on her journey in a weird and wacky life with unexpected turn of events. At first everything starts off rather ordinary. We see that she is a vlogger. And she likes living in a small house. And she vloggs whenever she's in the house, or out the house. And then a bit more vlogging! She on her bike, yeah you can probably guess what she was doing, oh waitt! No yeah she was vlogging! And then meets a person who fixes tires. She has a flat tire so he offers to fix it. And I love the fact she has these creepy flash backs. That was cool, made me invested as to what was going to happen. Let's talk about the plot.
A vlogger moves into a small house with a dark past. She goes and investigates the strange town where she notices a grave stone. She on the other hand doesn't notice that she has a stalker! Hence the reason for the title. She also gets strange flash backs. I like the simple plot as it makes the movie simple to follow. It is well structured. I do have to admit, the pacing of the story isn't the best but I like the fact that the story is sentered around a character. And the character doesn't make dumb decisions like most horror stories nowadays. So that is a positive for the film. Now going to talk about the Music.
Very good eerie and creepy immersive Music. It makes the story intense and exciting. And the slower beat of the music with the story for me works well. As it slowly builds up to the horror elements which I love. And I feel with more of a budget they could develop the story and the Characters. Creating some more horror elements. Which I think would really be beneficial. But Like I said previously the story isn't bad as such. And the Music is the best part. Now time for the set Designs.
As a low-budget film I think as far as costumes go it's up there with the best. I think it's well colour coded. Dark creating more of a intense and atmospheric story. And the Design on the creepy ghostly figure who also follows Ava has also got a dark design. Which works well within a Horror story. Effects aren't bad either. And from the movie you cannot tell that it's a low budget film because the story has some good effects. Now time for the Verdict. The bit you've all been waiting for.
5/10 Simple, not bad short horror story. I would recommend it mostly for the Music. And Hope u enjoyed my review, and do enjoy your Cuppa. Yeah actually I had a good old Cuppa too!