After Drew Goddard’s The Cabin in the Woods, the concept of a house carefully designed and rigged full of gruesome creatures doesn’t seem so farfetched anymore. The 2012 film crammed a group of stereotypes – the jock, the stoner, the promiscuous girl, etc. – in a secluded forest vacation home for a weekend filled with anything and everything you could think of that would make a horror movie tick. From a necronomicon, to a group of hillbilly zombies, to a murderous mermaid, there are horrors behind every corner.
The intricacies of the cabin that these unlucky co-eds chose for their spring break are, as it turns out, being controlled by a secret worldwide organization running what’s both a gameshow and something far more sinister. Every move they’ve made and every monster they’ve encountered is planned and executed by an outside force looking in on their screams and pleas for help. Poor things. Now, the worse scenario to think about is a house full of homicidal creatures with no real rhyme or reason for their existence, or anyone on the outside telling them what to do – that we know of yet.
Such is the premise for Luke Massey’s Armistice (formerly Warhouse), the story of a Royal Marine (Joseph Morgan, The Vampire Diaries) who wakes up in seemingly normal house (it’s never normal! rule number one, horror movie victims!) with no real recollection of getting there. After sitting down to enjoy a leisurely lunch set out for him in a mysterious house as one does, reality set in: A.J. Budd isn’t alone; he’s set to do battle with something grotesque and inhuman.
There is no escape from the house, try as he might, and the battles with his leather-faced and Silent Hill-looking roommates come daily. It’s kill or be killed, soldier. What’s behind these attacks and his imprisonment are a mystery, but he has help from an old journal left by the house’s last tenant – a WWI lieutenant. That doesn’t bode too well for our current hero, now does it?
Which brings us to the next question: what do monsters, or more likely, the entity running this horror show, have against members of the military? What happens when he finally beats them all? Will he ever get to eat that sandwich? It’s like Groundhog Day, but with an endless pit of despair growing in your belly and a faceless creature that no merciful god would ever create looming in your peripheral vision instead of Bill Murray. Check it out below!
Armistice is in on VOD January 7th and in theaters January 31st.