The Cabin In The Woods: Review
Five friends each fitting familiar cliches take a trip to a remote cabin in the woods for a weekend of debauchery the likes of which we’ve seen a thousand times before, except this time we haven’t. This film is a creation of writers Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard and directed by Goddard (Cloverfield) and it stars a pre-Thor Chris Hemsworth, Kristen Connelly and Fran Kranz.
I will keep this review very brief because to spoil any of the details would be an injustice to the general movie audience. At it’s core “The Cabin in The Woods” takes horror and completely deconstructs the genre, and I’m talking full dismemberment in a way that is boarder line genius. It’s a horror movie, wrapped inside of a conspiracy flick, embedded in another horror flick sprinkled with Joss Whedon’s sharp trade mark humor and really in the end it’s just a movie with a lot of balls that swings for the fences and connects.
As we see the wheels set in motion with the teens at the cabin waiting for someone or something to come out of the darkness and “get them” the audience is treated to something else. You get scenes of techies played excellently by Bradly Whitford and Richard Jenkins who manage to steal most of the best dialog in this film and seem to be running some cryptic surveillance operation watching these kids and anticipating something greater. These scenes happen early and don’t ruin what’s to come which is pretty f’n awesome.
Half way through when the movies begins to break down and it seems that this isn’t just a typical horror slasher but something different that we’ve never seen before, two rednecks (As Rednecky as your gonna get in Boston) actually walked out when they realized they might have to bend their brain a little bit to understand what was really happening here and they weren’t going to be treated with the same old schlock we’ve been forced feed as horror fans. (I’m not making this up) The two guys walking out of the theater was actually pretty symbolic of what Whedon and Goddard set out to accomplish with this movie, going against the grain, creating something new with an original take viewers haven’t experience since Scream.
This movie still has plenty of gore but what will really scare the audience is how bland horror has been for a long time now and Whedon and Goddard shine a light on that with the most original horror movie in quite some time. Due to ambiguous marketing and peoples unwillingness to enjoy new things this film did admirable at the box office but didn’t have the impact that it should have. This film has cult classic written all over it due to it’s original concept and kick ass final half hour what will leave your head spinning when it’s over.
Overall: See it now before someone ruins it for you.