‘The Cabin in the Woods’ Review

by on April 14, 2012

in Entertainment, movie reviews

'The Cabin in the Woods' review

When The Cabin in the Woods from Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon starts out, you know what you’re getting into because all the marketing has been telling us it’s a horror flick with a twist.  Well, they (Whedon and Goddard) definitely added an interesting twist, but I’m not going to give it up here.

Any how,

The movie opens to co-workers “in an office setting” chatting it up, with your usual office chatter about office politics, home life and the usual gambling pot that goes on when opportunities present themselves.  Hence, they started up the part of the twist right away!

We then skip on over to a group of five young friends, Curt (Chris Hemsworth), Holden (Jesse Williams), Jules (Anna Hutchison), Marty (Fran Kranz) and Dana (Kristen Connolly), preparing for a weekend away from it all up at a Cabin in the Woods.

The cast earmarks the usual collective of characters that grace horror movies…  good looking jocks and gals, the smart, the athletic and the fifth wheel or odd man out, the stoner, in Marty.

They get to the cabin and they all seem to love it except for Marty.  He thinks something is up.  But hey, he’s high, right?  Later that day, the group finds a basement with all kinds of interesting things in it…  and this discovery sets the wheels of destiny in motion.

Later a few of the characters start to fully fulfill their nature… ie: hot and horny teens that manage to get out of the cabin and into the woods.  And if you’ve seen any good slasher or monster movie, you know that “stuff” happens in the woods and that’s when the action FINALLY kicks it in gear.

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The Cabin in the Woods starts out teasing you with the various character intros and developments.  You learn much about the characters while being tormented about the multiple angles fueling each character. It doesn’t help that you come into the theater on edge, looking for that new twist or angle.

And despite thinking you know what the twist is as the movie rolls, you realize as the story develops  that while being right, you have no clue for what’s coming. (Unless you’ve checked out spoilers and ruined the movie for yourself.)

This twist definitely keeps you off-balance trying to comprehend everything you’re seeing and how it adds up.  Sure, little clues are dropped throughout the front half of the movie, but they only serve to torment the curious minded movie-goer.

Once all the reveals are on the table, it’s a pretty impressive original premise that has been put to film.

But…

Through most of the movie, it was a great ride as I was entertained being challenged by the twists being presented.  But there was a point that it almost became distracting trying to sort through the clues as the story built up to the premise.

But I managed and enjoyed this new twist/approach to this genre and fully appreciated the movie for what it was.

With that said,

Despite the trip I was taken on, I had a bit of an issue with the actual ending of the movie that made much of what I had just seen a bit moot.

But that’s me.

The premise was a wonderful new twist, the cast pulled off their roles as expected with maybe the exceptionally well delivered character by Fran Kranz.  The action was fun, the humor, well timed.

I do have one serious issue with the marketing.  The trailers spoil a development because early on, we’re led to believe one event but sitting in the theaters, you know better because of how events are portrayed in the TV clips.  But aside from that, there were no major issues.  Minor irks, but heck, it’s part of the personality of the movie, the genre and the homages it pays to just about every kind of horror flick out there.

And did you feel like you were catching references to The Shining or Evil Dead?  But then again, how can you make a horror/monster movie like this and NOT see references to movies from the past?

In the end, The Cabin in the Woods is a fun ride and I had no problem having dropped my bucks going to see it!  If I were to score movies, I’d easily give it a popcorn 8/10!

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