The Cabin in the Woods Review
Gosh, it’s been two days since I went to see The Cabin in the Woods, and I’m still trying to figure out the best way to write this review, especially without spoiling it for people. All I can say is, please, if you haven’t seen it yet, please do yourself a favour and don’t click on the spoiler links. Trust me, you don’t want someone to spoil it for you.
To tell the truth, I didn’t know what to make of this movie. It’s a Joss Whedon/Drew Goddard movie, that appears to be a slasher flick, however it isn’t quite what it seems. That’s pretty much all I knew going into this movie, but it certainly exceeded my expectations.
For one thing, it’s funny. Really funny. Not in a way that makes fun of the genre. Quite the opposite. This is a movie that is about loving the genre of horror. I suppose I’d equate it to Scream. That was a movie that was very self-referential, and at the same time, it still managed to surprise the audience. The Cabin in the Woods is a lot like that. As the tag line says, you know the story… A group of teenagers decide to spend the weekend away in a creepy cabin far from civilization… which, if you’ve seen enough horror movies, never ends well.
The Cabin in the Woods is recognizable, but it also manages to turn the genre on its head. It manages to make some pretty interesting commentary about the horror genre, and the audience’s need to watch people get terrorized. While Scream pointed out the “rules” for being in a horror movie, The Cabin in the Woods questions why those rules exist in the first place.
Of course, I’m pretty much making this movie sound far more academic than it is. Trust me when I say it’s plenty enjoyable without trying to look too deeply. As I said, it’s funny. It’s has that sharp Whedon wit. It also has a fantastic cast, in particular Fran Kranz as pot smoking know-it-all Marty. Not only does the guy have the best lines, but he has the most awesome collapsible bong. Well, I won’t go into it, but it’s pretty memorable.
So is The Cabin in the Woods worth seeing? Absolutely. If you love the horror genre, this will probably be a movie you need to watch a few times, just to catch all the in-jokes. However, even if you don’t love horror movies but like the works of Whedon/Goddard, you should definitely give it a look. At the very least, I guarantee you it won’t be what you’re expecting.
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