The Cabin at Sorrow
by Michael Penning
The Cabin at
Sorrow Creek DVD was released in the UK in August 2013,
but the movie
is much older than that. It premiered at the Twin Cities Underground
Film Festival in August 2007, under the original title of The Legend of
nutshell, it’s the story of a couple of girls who have fond
memories of their childhood summers, which they spent at their
grandfather's cabin in the woods. Now fully grown, and needing to
escape the hustle and bustle of city life, they have decided to take
some time out and recharge their batteries at grandpappy's
cabin. One of the girls has a boyfriend so she brings him
along too, and his best friend accompanies them to make the numbers up,
but it isn't the quality time they were expecting because nobody ever
bothered to tell the girls that grandpappy's cabin was built on cursed
land. Needless to say, the gang soon find themselves battling
supernatural forces. The basic plot sounds pretty reasonable, and the
DVD cover does a good job of catching the eye and selling the product,
but the minute the play button is hit, it is apparent this one is a bit
of a stinker.
is a certificate 15 in the UK, and it is unlikely that it
will offend too many viewers because, as far as blood and gore goes, it
is pretty tame. There are a few scenes of slashing and stabbing, but
the camera concentrates on the swinging blade, and when a throat is
about to be cut, the shot is cut as well, sparing the viewer any
unnecessary nastiness. The
Cabin at Sorrow Creek contains no
sex scenes or nudity either, so the only thing likely to offend timid
or ultra-straight-laced viewers is likely to be the abysmal acting and
Ravensbergen and Christina Caron play sisters Kayla and Jesse.
Matt Turner plays Kayla's boyfriend, Dean, and Jon Deitcher is cast as
Dean's friend Tobe, who has to rely on medication to keep his heart
under control because it beats a lot faster than it should.
the best parts of the movie is a touching scene between Kayla
and Dean. They are sitting on some swings in the woods, watching the
sunset through the trees and discussing their future. This is one of
the few times the dialogue is believable and the two actors deliver it
in such a convincing way that I was forced to wonder why they could not
keep it up for the rest of the movie. Later in the movie, when Dean is
crying over the body of his dead friend instead of getting the car
keys so he can get his girlfriend to safety, and then later, when he is
over his hurt leg, the phrase that came to mind was, "grow a pair".
Would a man really behave like this? Would anyone? I don't know, but
all through the movie the characters seem to do everything possible to
set the scene for something bad to happen to them.
the most annoying things about the movie is the unlikely
behaviour of the characters. If dark forces are outside, would anyone
really leave the door wide open? They do in The Cabin at Sorrow Creek.
At one point, after a bout of terrible overacting, Kayla realises her
mistake and goes to close the door. Then she notices her sister's bag
is outside, makes a dash for it and brings it back. And does she shut
the door? Nope! She forgets all about it. The dark forces wandering
around outside the cabin have already inflicted some nasty slashes to
Jesse's back and demolished Tobe's car; so there is little doubt about
their evil intentions or how dangerous these woodland entities are, but
the door remains wide open—some people are just born to be monster
fodder. Not long after she finds her sister's bag, Kayla leaves Dean to
fuss over his poorly leg, and heads out into the woods in search of
help, flashing her nice bright torch before her, so every woodland
entity for miles around can home in on her location.
The Cabin at Sorrow Creek
has a runtime of about 1 ¼ hours, which is a
little shorter than most movies. There are a few scenes that may make
some viewers jump, and it is certainly better than watching paint dry.
All in all though, it is a pretty disappointing effort, but it would
make a great gift for someone you hate and is recommended viewing for
anyone who has a severe case of self-loathing and is looking for a way
to bring a little more misery into their life.