The Cabin in the Woods
- Starring: Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Amy Acker (Dollhouse), and Kristen Connolly (Revolutionary Road)
- Directed by: Joss Whedon
- Synopsis: “Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods. Bad things happen.
If you think you know this story, think again. From fan favorites Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard comes THE CABIN IN THE WOODS, a mind-blowing horror film that turns the genre inside out.” (Collider)
- Rated: R for strong intense violence and bloody horror, language, gore, brief nudity and brief drug usage
Watching that trailer tells you almost NOTHING about the film.
The taglines for this film serve as great reviews or teasers for this work of Joss Whedon in and of themselves:
- “Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods. Bad things happen.”
- “If you hear a strange sound outside…have sex.”
- “If you think you know this story, think again.”
Yep, that’s what happens. 😀 But, the most telling is that last one. You think you know the story. I assure you, you do not. Let me tell you this: if more horror movies were like this, I might be more of a fan of the blood-filled genre.
Before I continue, allow me to share with you how dauntingly difficult it is to write this review without spoiling the film. There is so much that is intriguing and fun about this film, but to mention the specifics would be to ruin several of the surprises. There are no spoilers in this review (as usual), but to truly get the feel and understanding of the uniqueness of this film, you must go see it for yourself.
Director Joss Whedon (Serenity, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) brings a fun twist to the horror genre with a film that makes fun of the genre at the same time as making it interesting and, plainly put, not dull. So much points to the stereotypical things you see in horror movies nowadays: The scary loaner old dude who forebodes of danger, the dumb ditsy blonde, the athletic jock who’s not so smart, the comic relief, and more…it’s a riot to watch!
With a unique story that takes several twists and turns in multiple directions much like the poster below, The Cabin in the Woods teases in so many inexplicable ways and once you think you really know the story…BOOM, it introduces another entertaining spin of a level to the story.
Needless to say, I was highly entertained.
As I sat in the theater, hoping that this wouldn’t turn out to be another run of the mill slasher movie, I enjoyed the fact that it made fun of such stereotypes in the genre. Believable acting and special effects for a horror film makes it even better.Whedon’s direction and style of storytelling permeates throughout the entire film…and that is a good thing.
Along with a multi-faceted cast including Thor‘s Chris Hemsworth and Billy Madison‘s Bradley Whitford, The Cabin in the Woods is a story that may just birth some new believers in the idea that originality can indeed still exist in Hollywood and horror.
While my attention was kept and the end-result remained a guessing game all the way to the end, I left the film still feeling a slight sense of dissatisfaction. The film was odd, creepy, entertaining, and yet still somewhat unsatisfying. (It is something I cannot truly explain without risking spoiling the film.) Guessing who lives and who dies is commonplace in movies like this, but when some of the numerous twists take place it adds even more fun to the guessing game as a whole. At times you will laugh so much that you may even forget that it is not a comedy, but is, in fact, a horror film…that is, until another decapitation or disembowelment takes place (and even then, you may be laughing).
What a smorgasboard of laughs, shocks, screams, slashes, and twists/turns! Take a visit to The Cabin in the Woods…I guarantee it will be a visit to a secluded cabin in the middle of a scary woods with no help in sight that you will never…ever…forget. It is a fun horror flick that is imaginative, interesting, and indignantly makes fun of similar horror films that bore and reek of repetitiveness and unoriginality.
I surprisingly give this film a score of:
4 out of 5 stars for The Cabin in the Woods
Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!
–T, The Focused Filmographer
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