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Cabin In The Woods [Blu-ray + Digital Copy]
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A rambunctious group of five college friends steal away for a weekend of debauchery in an isolated country cabin, only to be attacked by horrific supernatural creatures in a night of endless terror and bloodshed. Sound familiar? Just wait. As the teens begin to exhibit standard horror movie behavior, a group of technicians in a control room are scrutinizing, and sometimes even controlling, every move the terrified kids make! With their efforts continually thwarted by the all powerful eye in the sky, do they have any chance of escape.
An affectionate, extremely knowing spoof that also manages to be a full-blooded, rip-snorting scary movie, this Joss Whedon production should have horror fans levitating off of their seats with bliss. Kicking off with the best title card of the year, the film follows a standard assortment of college kids (jock, stoner, cheerleader, bookish Final Girl, etc.) as they head to the creepy, cobwebby location of the title. Meanwhile, a pair of blasé white-collar drones (the wonderful Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford) trudge through what appears to be just another day in the office. These plotlines are not altogether unrelated. Those averse to spoilers can be forgiven for applying earmuffs from here on out, but one of the beauties of Whedon and Drew Goddard's script is how it manages to continually up the ante, revealing the basics of its plot in the very first scene and then proceeding to run amuck within the boundaries it so gleefully establishes. (If you think you've got it figured out, just wait five minutes.) Although scoring major points for ambition, debuting director Goddard does occasionally struggle with the film's swings between laughs and screams, with a couple of promisingly scary scenes blunted by badly cued punch lines. In addition, as with many Whedon projects, some viewers may find this teetering on the edge of glibness, with every character sporting a full arsenal of almost too-clever wisecracks at the ready. Any such nitpicking, however, should be obliterated by Cabin's completely hellzapoppin' final act, which mashes-up seemingly every supernatural trope in existence into a coherent, outrageously plasma-soaked validation of the genre. In conclusion, if you have any interest in horror movies at all, you gotta see this. --Andrew Wright
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This is a horror comedy that takes horror and cabin in the woods-type film tropes and turns them on their heads. With a Rubik's Cube of a movie poster, you know right off the bat that not everything is as it seems. The movie is completely self-aware, and everything that is said and done and who was cast was all done on purpose and to make a statement. The story doesn't follow what you'd typically expect in this type of film so you never really know what's about to happen and it keeps you on your toes.
And then there's the ending, which we will not talk about other than to say they had the courage to take it there. Let's just leave it at that. They took it there, and it was glorious.
The Cabin In The Woods is a fun and scary movie, and I think I need to rewatch it again. Recommended.
The movie starts off being "obvious," for lack of a better word. You know the story, a group of teens go into the woods and find an evil monster that chases them across all creation. First goes the WASPY slut, and then her jock boyfriend, and you'd think the twist is that the black guy didn't die first, and I think that's intentional. "The Cabin in the Woods" plays on the audience having a brief knowledge of horror movies and their tropes. That's why when the real twist comes around, you don't even expect it. Finally, there's the fun aspect of "The Cabin in the Woods," and the largest blood bath in horror history (Sorry Carrie).
Last night we watched 'The Cabin in the Woods'. From the title and brief description I read, I was expecting the usual type horror story. The kind with partying college or high school kids isolated from the rest of civilization doing stupid things and a monster killing them off one by one. Just like in so many other films before. Instead this one had an interesting twist to it.
The party bound college kids in this film were actually being set up by some sort of secret organization that periodically sacrificed young people to various type of horrors zombies, ghosts, werewolves, giant bats and so in. The human sacrifices were needed in order to keep some giant Lovecraftian type creatures from taking over the world. It's similar to the way virgins had once been sacrificed in ancient cultures to appease their gods like being thrown into a volcano or stabbed on an altar. Now the young were being sacrificed in a different way and certain types were needed like a studious one, a virgin, an athlete, a buffoon, a promiscuous girl and so on. Also they were being watched by TV cameras without their knowledge. They were even drugged in order to affect their actions and ways were set up to prevent their escape. A few of the assigned victims decided not to give in so easily to the zombies killers sent to destroy them. Instead they turn the tables on the organization that is using them as sacrifices. The organization itself was an interesting setup. They almost seemed like any other group of white collar corporate co-workers, even taking bets on what type of horror the victims would inadvertently pick to destroy themselves. The way others might bet on the outcome of a weekly pro football game. When it looked like all was going as planned they seemed to be having a typical office type party to celebrate another success. They cared little for the lives of the people they had set up. They viewed it as something necessary for the survival of humanity and were used to it. This added side plot to the movie made all the difference to me, making it refreshingly different instead of the usual formula.
As many of you know, I don't care for gore fests or that kind of film. I did like this movie and the sort that take you off guard, it was not overly gory and was different for a change. It also had an appropriate final scene.
I give it a 3 out of 5 rating.
It's quirky, for sure, but it's an enjoyable parody of the horror genre's standard offering. I was sufficiently entertained even being really averse to movies of this ilk. The ending wasn't as "OMG" as I was led to believe, it is an interesting twist though, I loved the elevator scene, and I actually found myself wishing they'd studied or developed some of the seen but not really utilized characters.
For the type of movie it is, it's a 4/5 with a hearty laugh or five thrown in for a tip.
Whether you're into horror movies or not, if you're looking for some mindless gore, minor tension, and a lot of good natured spins on the "teenage vacation to hell" recipe, this will do you for a watch.
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