Screenwriters: Drew Goddard, Joss Whedon
Starring: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford
Release Dates: April 13, 2012
A group of friends decide to take a vacation at a remote cabin in the woods. Of course, anyone who's seen a horror flick in the last 40 years could predict that this nice woodland home isn't what it seems, and horrible things begin happen. But those horrible things that end up happening aren't what they seem, and more bad things happen. And just when you think you know where this movie is headed, even more bad things happen. Welcome to The Cabin in the Woods.
The best way to come into this film is to know nothing about it. While I've seen the trailer before hand and was still able to enjoy it, but I would suggest going into this without having anything spoiled. So with that said, I can't get into too much details, but I can tell you a couple of things.
Drew Goddard (director and co-writer) and Joss Whedon (producer and other co-writer) were able to do such a phenomenal job in taking a genre full of clichés and over used stereotypes, and turn them all into one creative story. We have each type of horror character you can think of: the alpha-male jock, the slutty girlfriend, the stoner, the righteous hero and the hot innocent virgin girl. You also have the typical horror scenes included: the creepy redneck at the gas station, the group swimming in the lake and playing truth or dare at night while getting drunk… it's all there. But with Whedon and Goddard's genius script, you'll end up finding yourself appreciating how clever these clichés are weaved into the story. Not only that, the dialogue is actually really funny, and might just laugh a lot more than you'd expect (I did).
You find out in the beginning of the movie that this isn't your typical horror flick. Sure, you might think you know where the story is going, but once it hits the final act, you'll begin to realize just how wrong you were. The film ends up getting insanely violent and bizarre, and it was awesome. But as much as I loved this movie, I do think that lot of moviegoers might find this a bit disappointing. There are so many jokes and gags scattered throughout the film, The Cabin In The Woods could be easily labeled more a comedy. You watch the trailer, you look at a couple of images, and you'll think that this will be the typical slasher, but it isn't. But I'm sure that those with an open mind, and those fans of the horror genre, will really appreciate the film.
I'm not a fan of horror flicks, as they're all practically the same thing, but this film does something so unique, I couldn't help but acknowledge its genius. If anything, this could be looked at as a satiracal homage to the entire genre, and that adds a lot of charm to it. And trust me when I say, you won't be expecting how the film will end.
8.5 out of 10
Review by: Richard Fagel
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