Director: Kevin Straw
Cast: Julianne Carioto, Daniel Desmarais, Veronique Fortin
Production Company: Kevin Straw Films
Runtime: 62 minutes
For some magical reason, horror and comedy usually work well together. Horror fans often have a morbid sense of humour, and enjoy laughing at what frightens them the most. Ragnarock’s Cabin (2014) will have you laughing, but there are scares along the way as well.
In the movie, a newlywed couple has their honeymoon ruined when the cottage they rented turns out to be already occupied by a bunch of real oddballs. Some of the cottage-goers soon turn up dead, and the most likely suspect might just be a blue puppet…
There are a lot of veteran indie actors in this movie. Watch for Penelope Goranson from My Fair Zombie (2013), Dave Shaw from Attack of the Gorilla! (2013), Faith Rayah from The Friday Night Death Slot (2015), and Anik Rompré from Homicycle (2014), just to name a few.
The comedy in the film is mostly deadpan, and somewhat dark in nature. The humour intensifies once some of the characters start to go missing. The events of the film could also work well in an absurd play. The movie does have the feel of a theatrical production.
One of the best moments in the movie is the dream battle between the younger versions of Jess and Ashley. The scene is genuinely funny, and adds a little variety to the film. Even the characters in the film seem to really enjoy the fight!
Who is actually responsible for the killing spree remains a mystery until the climax of the movie. In fact, there are a few unexpected twists along the way. You may even end up with some unanswered questions about the nature of the puppet itself.
If you enjoy films like Caesar and Otto’s Paranormal Halloween (2015), Hide and Creep (2004), and The Stink of Flesh (2005), then you’ll appreciate this one too. Ragnarock’s Cabin has some funny moments and provides some chills when you least expect it.
– John Migliore
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