Johan Bodell

Freelancing director / SAD and production coordinator

Johan Bodell is an award-winning Swedish Director whose ingenuity, positivity, and compelling storytelling have earned him the reputation as a visionary. Throughout the course of his decade-long career, many of his films have been screened at various international film festivals. Most recently, he was awarded “Best Produced Script” at the Los Angeles Short Film Festival.

At just 11 years of age, Johan began using his family's old VHS camera to create films of his own, including space-themed short films with his friends. His passion for storytelling stayed with him into adulthood and ultimately culminated into his feature directorial debut entitled “The Cabin” (released in 2018, now available on DVD and all VOD platforms), which was picked up by High Octane Pictures for domestic distribution and international sales representation. A globally-acclaimed critical success, this horror film has already earned its investors back the funds they initially put in.

This Spielberg-inspired Film Director is eclectic in his creative tastes and masterfully dabbles in the haunting, dramatic, suspenseful, and everything in between. To him, nothing is more rewarding than a lifetime spent directing captivating stories that touch the lives of people from all walks of life.


The Cabin

Independent horror feature

High Octane Pictures brings the Swedish chiller The Cabin, the debut feature for Johan Bodell, to VOD and DVD.

In the film, a young American couple – Rose (Caitlin Crommett) and Harry (Christopher Lee Page) – are on their way to visit Harry’s family cabin.  But they’re not the only one that decided to visit the cabin this weekend…

The vacation is quickly turned into a living nightmare for Rose and Harry as they meet a vicious sociopath, who invites them into an involuntary cat and mouse game.

The Cabin is now available on VOD in North America.

See the trailer below.



I’ve heard say that there are no new stories, just new ways of telling them. That’s definitely the case here. Bodell throws in some interesting twists to keep things entertaining.

Short film – We have to go

12 min long short film "We have to go".
A story about a family and what they're doing when the war suddenly breaks out in Sweden. 
Winner at the Los Angeles Short Film Festival for Best Produced Script, Winner of Florence Film Awards and Exit Filmfestival. Official Selection at numerous festivals and finalist at the Las Vegas International Film & Screenwriting Competition.

Actors: Adriana Savin, Henrik Dahl, Ndey Jeng
DoP: Peter Mattsson

Music: Matt Donner
Sound design: Tobias Falk

Available for festival distribution. 

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