The Cabin In The Woods is an example of how to effectively criticize, parody and craft an experience that will equally make you laugh out loud in hilarity and possibly jump at a few spooky moments.
The title is misleading I mean yes there is a, wait for it, a cabin in a wood setting but don’t write this movie off as your typical “five teens brave a scary night against some monster” or whatever.
If I had to use one word to describe my experience watching this flick it would be enjoyment.
Never have I laughed out loud this much and enjoyed the horror since I watched THE EVILDEAD as a kid. It’s also insanely hard to describe the plot of this film without in turn ruining the experience for you but I’ll give it a try.
It sort of goes like this. Five young adults go on a trip for a weekend getaway for sex, drugs and..well sex. Anyway basically stuff goes willy wonka, people are watching and there’s maybe possibly zombies, werewolves, killer bats and clowns in. Maaaaaaybe.
I honestly can’t say much more about the plot without ruining it, it’s certainly a story that will make your head spin and it might seem a bit far fetched but believe me when I tell you that it’s worth all the blood and suffering.
It should be commended that Drew Goddard, his first directorial debut, was able to weave such a complex and mosaic of genres into a single film. The film also benefits from strong characterization and fantastic dialogue due to being co-written by Joss Whedon, the creator of Buffy The Vampire Slayer and the director of the soon to be released THE AVENGERS.
CABIN doesn’t take itself seriously and enjoys poking fun at all the things that would typically scare the pants off a moviegoer. Things like random scare scenes to the typical “I’m gonna crawl and moan as something walks towards me to add the extra tension instead of actually fighting what’s trying to kill me instead” are parodied quite often and just add to the overall humorous effect of the film.
One of the most impressing things about the flick is how CABIN was able to take what would be the obvious shortcomings of a horror film and instead use it’s disadvantages to alleviate itself above other examples in the genre instead of pathetically sinking into boredom and the drawn out gore people are so often accustomed to.
Creepy guy warning you to turn back? Check. Some sort of supernatural problem? Check. Bare breasts? Double check. In the end there really isn’t much to say about CABIN other than that, well you gotta go watch it.
Don’t expect to lose sleep over the scary parts or fear dark corridors and basements after watching it, most moviegoers will remember the fantastic characters and the wonderful twists and turns the movie takes as your mind slowly starts to unravel everything that is going on in this crazy situation.
Bottom line is watch this movie, I can’t really say anything else.
OVERALL SCORE: 9.5 out of 10
THE CABIN IN THE WOODS is a genre game changer and shows that not all horror movies need to be brainless slabs of torture porn and gut wrenching content to entice your movie ticket. You might jump, but just remember to sit back and enjoy the ride and just fully embrace the movie for what it is.