When I was a little boy, we had this Rose of Sharon bush growing in the front yard. During the spring and summer, I liked to watch for a bumblebee to go into one of the flowers, then run up and pinch the petals closed. Not tight enough to harm the bee, mind you. I would then pluck the flower and hold it up to my ear, because it amused to me to hear the bee, now really pissed off, buzzing on the inside. I would always release the bee unharmed, but I had to hurriedly get out of the way when I did, because, as I said, the bee was pissed. Just a stupid childhood game. I wouldn’t do it not. I had the fearless stupidity of childhood working in my favor. Even so, my luck was guaranteed to eventually run out. I remember my mother warning me against doing it. “If you keep messin’ with the bumblebees, don’t come cryin’ to me when you get stung,” she told me. Well, it did happen. One of those bees stung the piss out of me through the petals of the flower.
What does any of this have to do with the movie THE LODGE? It allows me to give a perfectly spoiler-free review and still summarize the theme of the film for you. If you do something you shouldn’t—if you mess with the bees, in other words—you’re gonna get stung. And you’ll have no one to blame but yourself. THE LODGE is about people getting stung. This analogy will make perfect sense once you’ve seen the movie.
The acting, script, direction, etc. are all of excellent quality, by the way.
Also, be on the lookout for Carpenter’s THE THING. Just an extra little treat.