Movie Star Cabins in the Woods – Our Top 5

Movie Star Cabins in the Woods – Our Top 5

Although we are sure there are lots of a-listers that have the pleasure of owning log cabin retreats, we thought it would be far more interesting to look at films where the cabins play a starring role.

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Normally we’d recommend a cabin holiday as a relaxing way to unwind and connect with nature. Where nothing much will happen and that, frankly, is just the way you like it.

It seems however, that when you bring a film crew along, the cabin becomes a place of limitless possibilities, some more perilous than others. Have you seen any of these forest-based classics?

No. 1 – The Cabin in the Woods (Pictured – 2012)

It would be hard to leave out Drew Goddard’s darkly comic movie which delivers plenty of tried, tested and loved horror clichés with a really novel twist.

Five archetypal college-town students set off for a long weekend at a seemingly deserted woodland log cabin. Surprise, surprise, they are not alone but not in the usual way. As the plot develops, we find out they are part of a macabre game and their every move is being filmed. What’s more, the fate of humanity lies unwittingly in their hands.

The film wasn’t actually filmed in the US but in Vancouver, British Columbia where, incidentally, you can stay in one of our log cabins.

Cabins in the woods – No. 2 – Dirty Dancing (1987)

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On an altogether lighter note, who can forget this holiday park classic that went on to prove itself to be much more than a frilly chick-flick. The film has grossed in excess of $60,000,000 worldwide and is still insanely popular.

Some of the most memorable scenes revolved around ‘Baby’ Houseman visiting Patrick Swayze’s character Johnny Castle in his woodland cabin for ‘dance lessons’. Pretty much everybody knows how things pan-out in the end!

The log cabin itself is located at Mountain Lake Resort in Pembroke, Virginia where they had to spray-paint the autumnal leaves green during filming to make it look like summer. This is why you can see them falling off from time to time in the film.

No. 3 – The Bourne Legacy (2012)

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Just like most things in the Bourne franchise films, our movie star log cabin meets an explosive end.

The cabin in question in this film was in an enviable location in the Banff National Park in Canada, which was doubling as Alaska for the purposes of the film.

This location was also used for some of the scenes in Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster, Inception.

No. 4 – On Golden Pond (1981)

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Henry Fonda won an Oscar for his portrayal of Norman Thayer Jr. in this tear-jerker set in a lakeside log cabin, the fictitious Golden Pond. Katharine Hepburn also won an Oscar making the film the only one to date where the on-screen couple won best actor and best actress in the same film.

The film took almost $120,000,000 at the box office and remains critically acclaimed for the story and the beautiful cinematography, filmed mainly at Squam Lake in New Hampshire.

No. 5 – The Blair Witch Project (1999)

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We finish our run-down where we started, with more horror. The Blair Witch Project was the first real success story in the found-footage ‘wobbly-cam’ category.

More clueless students defy their otherwise sound educations to run around the woods in Maryland, chasing legendary evil types with their noses running.

As we all know, it didn’t end well for our main characters but it did for the film’s makers who only spent $60,000 on the film. It grossed nearly $15,000,000!

Is it safe?

Thankfully, our cabins tend to be free from monsters, evil spirits, conceptual time travellers and deadly undercover agents being pursued by the CIA. More importantly, they don’t explode.

Have you been inspired by our top five, movie-star log cabins? Perhaps an epic story will unfold for you in one of our cabins in the woods?

Tell us about your favourite all-star cabin movies below.