The Cabin

A young couple visit a remote cabin in the woods but on the way meet a suspicious stranger who holds a murderous secret.

  • Johan Bodell
    Charcoal - A history of a factory (Documentary), Killer Raise (Short), The Way Down (Short)
  • Erik Kammerland
  • Alec Trachtenberg
    Too far from home (Short), Alien Invaders (Short)
  • Johan Bodell
    Charcoal - A history of a factory (Documentary), Killer Raise (Short), The Way Down (Short)
  • Caitlin Crommett
    Key Cast
    Cafe Oubliette (Short), Fake the Joy
  • Christopher Lee Page
    Key Cast
    The Meanest Man in Texas, Floreana, Dinner Date (Short)
  • Thomas Hedengran
    Key Cast
    Hunters, Draug, Hassel (TV Series)
  • Erik Kammerland
    Key Cast
  • Matt Donner
    Original score
    Charcoal - A history of a factory (Documentary), Killer Raise (Short), The Way Down (Short)
  • Charles Doan
    The Case of: JonBenét Ramsey (TV Mini-Series documentary), A Blurred Line (Short), If You're Underwater (Short)
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  • Genres:
    Horror, Thriller
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 26 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    October 31, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
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  • Shooting Format:
    Sony FS7
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Distribution Information
  • High Octane Pictures
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Johan Bodell

Johan started directing films at the age of 12 with his family's VHS camera in his hometown of Kilafors, Sweden. He moved away from home at the age of 15 to study film at Sweden's only film high school. After graduation he continued to study filmmaking in Santa Barbara, California and has freelanced in both Sweden and Australia, directing a variety of music videos and short films. His previous films have been screened at both Swedish and international festivals. The Cabin is Johan's feature film directorial debut.

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Director Statement

The Cabin, started in the Fall of 2015, when my old friend, Erik Kammerland (Writer & Actor), reached out to me and asked why we haven’t taken the next step in our career. The timing couldn’t have been better and with a lineup of short films that I’ve directed in the past, and having just worked as an AD on a Swedish crime-show, Artic murders (2015), I was ready to take on my first feature film.

Having my first documentary, Charcoal: A History of a Factory (2015), premiere at Cannes, and being awarded two scholarships from the Swedish government, it ensured that our film would be produced with the ut-most production value and care to the film’s story. I had ample amount of funds to take on this endeavor and I knew exactly where to start this exciting journey.

What I had in mind for this production was an international collaboration among American and Swedish talent. With Erik working hard on the script, I got in touch with some filmmaking colleagues from my past when I use to live in Santa Barbara, CA. This includes, Alec Trachtenberg (Producer), and Charles Doan (Cinematographer). Alec was responsible for casting the lead actors, Caitlin Crommett and Christopher Lee Page and coordinating the business side of the film. Meanwhile, Charlie, who is a master at capturing light, worked hard at preparing for the shoot and making sure to get the best out of what the camera captures.

In August of 2017, Production took about a month long and in that time-span, I can’t even put into writing the feeling it was working with such a talented group of people. With the goal of representing the characters in the film and creating the overall thematic experience, directing Caitlin, Erik, and Chris was a match made in heaven. With Charlie and I were on the same page from beginning conversations, which paid dividends when it came down to the time of the actual production.

I believe our film is not your average “horror” genre. There is a layer of drama incorporated in the backstory of this movie, which I believe a collection of audiences can relate to. Everybody involved in this film has a true passion for the art of filmmaking. I hope you will enjoy The Cabin and that I can inspire others to take that next step in their filmmaking career, and make a international feature-film.

Johan Bodell