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Movie Review: The Cabin in the Woods

The Cabin in the Woods


The Cabin in the Woods is one of those films where you want to tell everyone about it, but you can’t really tell much, lest you spoil the fun for future moviegoers. It’s also one of those films that you need to see opening weekend in the theater before the idiots inadvertently spoil it for you or you read up on it after the weekend and plot points are revealed. Waiting also makes you run the risk of it falling prey to the it’s-really-hyped-so by the time-you-see-it-you’re-disappointed-curse. So if I haven’t made it clear enough, check it out. NOW.

The house is not what it seems in The Cabin in the Woods.

The Cabin in the Woods is indeed a horror film but it’s so much more than that. It plays homage to the horror genre, while mocking the stereotypes of the genre (a la Scream), while also being downright laugh out loud funny. Horror fans will love it, because at its core, it’s a horror movie, and there are many subtle and not-so-subtle little “presents” hidden in the film for horror aficionados. Those who aren’t a fan of the genre will enjoy it because it is hysterical and because let’s face it; there’s eye candy in there for everyone.

Cinephiles in general will enjoy The Cabin in the Woods because it is clever, fresh, fun, and entertaining.

Co-written by the legendary Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard, for whom it was a directorial debut, with many repeat (and soon to be repeat) actors in the Whedon-Goddard universe, the control room characters Sitterson (Richard Jenkins) and Hadley (Bradley Whitford), along with stoner fool Marty (Fran Kranz) in particular, stand out as the cinematic players that earn gold stars. The third trimester in the birth of this (sure to be a) blockbuster baby alone is so worth the wait, but fear not, for the film moves at a quick pace and keeps you guessing the whole time.

Admittedly a film to watch again for references, subtle clues, and other things missed during the initial viewing, The Cabin in the Woods is comparable to those wonderful things in life that amaze us the first time, but get better each time thereafter.

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