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Cabin Fever: By the Lake & in the Woods

    A traditional log cabin located right by the lake (or in the woods) can be a dream come true. Everyone loves a log cabin, and it can bring back memories of hot chocolate, camping, or movies like Misery (1990), Cabin Fever (2016) or Dreamcatcher (2003).

    Cabins are a Hollywood trope that you’ll see in movies often.

    If you’re lost for décor ideas or just want to capture the feel for a movie marathon, Hollywood cabins are a great place to look.

    Do you dream of a life or vacation in a cabin somewhere?

    Here’s a look at some of the best Hollywood representations of cabins in movies.

    Cabin Fever (2016)

    If you like old-school slasher movies, take your pick from Cabin Fever (the 2016 remake) and the 2002 original horror film.

    The movie Cabin Fever is mostly set in a luxurious cabin out in the woods, where five graduates decide to nest for a vacation. Unfortunately, they develop a literal brain-eating disease known as Cabin Fever that turns them into bloodthirsty maniacs.


    It’s classic, and the cabin is old-fashioned enough to be gorgeous…before the chaos begins.

    The Cabin in the Woods (2011)

    Have you seen the one about the Cabin in the Woods?

    The entire idea of the recurring cabin plot was parodied heavily for the Scary Movie franchise with the above line, but here you can find the original horror movie.

    The Cabin in the Woods used for this movie looks much like your average stock wood cabin. Unfortunately, it doesn’t stand out as much as some of the favorites!

    Were the set designers broke for this one, or did they figure the bare bones setup fits the movie better?

    Secret Window (2004)

    A great thriller movie starring, mostly, Johnny Depp as writer Mort Rainey. When Rainey retires to a cabin by the lake to write his book, a man with a heavy accent and hat shows up on his doorstep and accuses him of plagiarism.

    It’s based on an early short story written by Stephen King, and then adapted to become one of the strangest films that Depp has starred in.

    For anyone who loves to read during their cabin stays, you’ll appreciate the bookshelves in the back. (What would a writer be without them?)

    Dreamcatcher (2003)

    The 2003 movie is one more Hollywood movie featuring cabins that happens to be based on a Stephen King novel. Guess the Master of Horror really enjoys his wooden cabins just as much!

    Starring Morgan Freeman, the movie Dreamcatcher brings the weirdness of Stephen King into the science-fiction realm.

    What happens when friends stay at a cabin, and then aliens happen?

    Dreamcatcher explored the premise of an alien invasion with a rare glimpse.

    A fun fact about King’s novel, Dreamcatcher is that it was written by hand shortly after King’s car accident.

    Cabin by the Lake (2000)

    A horror movie called Cabin By the Lake can’t be about many things other than a Cabin By the Lake…can it? Well, no.

    Cabin by the Lake isn’t the best movie, but exploits the slasher genre as much as possible. This film is an interesting take on millennial horror films of the early 2000’s, such as Final Destination and others. It is a gem that fans of this genre will enjoy.

    Want to see a movie that relies entirely on jump scares and predictable moments?

    You’ve found the perfect one.

    The best thing about this movie is certainly not the acting, so it’s the cabin.

    Misery (1990)

    At the start, Misery takes place in a cabin by a lake and involves an ex-nurse picking up a famous writer. She takes him to her cabin, where she insists that he continues to write up her favorite character’s new book…or else.

    The movie stars James Caan and Kathy Bates in one of their respective best roles, and it’s fair to say that it’s a pretty huge cabin.

    By modern standards, the décor could have used a serious update… And we’re not so sure about the decoration of that bedroom, but the movie holds up well today.

    Stephen King often wrote about an American Dream about cabins in his novels and stories.

    He must really enjoy them.

    The Evil Dead (1981)

    The Evil Dead exploits the Cabin idea to full potential, and traps people in a cabin by the lake with the presence of zombies.

    Directed by George A. Romero, this is one of the most famous zombie movies that have ever been created. It’s not a bad place to get stuck, but you should watch out for the evil dead and everything else.

    Friday the 13th (1980)

    Okay, there’s one more: how can anyone forget the original Friday the 13th?

    While it’s a series, a few sequels and a remake later, Friday the 13th is still famous as a great cabin movie.

    If the cabins at the lake weren’t haunted by Jason, which ones would you chose? If they weren’t, is it worthwhile to stay at a cabin in the wilderness that may not increase your personal security with a ghost around?