The Cabin in the Woods

The Cabin in the Woods (2011)

Pack up the DVD player (or BluRay or VCR or whatever you’ve got going on), we can all go home now.  We’ve seen all the movies that we need to see.  THIS is why we watch horror movies.

“The Cabin in the Woods” is the smartest horror film to come along in a long time…despite being choc full of every cliche that has made the horror genre so predictable for the last 30+ years.  A completely stereotypical group of teens heads off into the woods, screws around with forces they don’t understand and doom themselves.  Or do they?

It’s impossible to say much about this movie without spoiling it…and you DON’T want it to be spoiled.  The twist isn’t some zinger at the end, the twist is the point of the film.  That’s part of what makes this so brilliant.  Right off the bat, you know what the twist at the end is, which only makes you wonder how you’ll get there.

Admittedly, the ride itself becomes secondary and that’s the one knock on this film.  It gets so wrapped up in being clever and witty that it sometimes forgets to be scary.  Also, from an overly technical standpoint, the film is dark – when our heroes (victims) are fighting for their lives in the forest, it can get hard to tell what’s going on.  But, again, you’re probably already looking past that.

The writing is great and the story is better.  Even minor characters have quotable lines and even the window dressing characters make you wonder about them and what they’re up to (Truman has to have some kind of back story, right?).  A joyride that tells you (almost) exactly where it’s taking you and still manages surprises along the way, this is one you don’t want to miss.

 

Stars: 4.5/5

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