Classic Teen Road Trip Horror Movie, with a humorous twist and a jaw dropping ending.
DIRECTOR: Drew Goddard
STARRING: Kristen Connelly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison
SCREENPLAY: Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard
RUNTIME: 95 Mins
★★★★ 3.5 Stars
Now I am not under the illusion that film is for everyone, horror films as a genre aren’t for everyone. And Cabin in the Woods is a niche genre within horror that some will find unbearably cheesy and off-putting. You can definitely hear in the dialogue and humour that Joss Whedon co-wrote this screenplay, and I guess as a huge love of Joss and all his work, that is a massive selling point to me, and to anyone else who is a fan of his back catalogue.
Cabin in the woods follows the classic Teenage Road Trip trope. 5 Friends go on a trip to an isolated cabin, but unbeknownst to them they are puppets in a ritual to prevent the end of the world at the hands of an ancient evil.
Lovers of horror movies, or anyone who has seen more than a handful, will recognize just about every horror cliché that there is appear at least in part during this film. The good part about it however, is that it doesn’t take itself seriously. Those Tropes are there to be mocked and to be a source of humour, they aren’t there as plot devices, to be taken at their word.
Very little of this film relies on special effects or CGI, unlike a lot of modern horror films, but sadly, the parts that do have CGI, the effects are poor and incredibly noticeable. I would like to be able to say that it adds to the charm, but in a film that to me is otherwise excellent, the poor CGI is a hell of a let down. And the part where they are fighting the zombies and you can clearly tell they are just stuffed dummies, that is even worse.
The actual over arching story is a good one. An original idea that is quite a big reveal when you get the big tell-all at the end. There is a fan theory that connects this with all of Joss Whedon’s other projects that I am quite a fan of, I will leave a link to it here > https://www.tor.com/2015/01/21/joss-whedon-shared-universe-theory-potential-slayers/
But besides all that, it was a really excellent way to wrap up what and why was going on. We see the two Men in suits Sitterson and Hadley throughout the whole film are orchestrating the whole thing, but until the end we don’t really understand why, its an odd side line to the main story and keeps you watching to find out what their deal is. The end of the film, and the fight in the underground compound is actually my favourite part of the film, even though you could technically consider it the slowest part. I just love a big reveal and a good background mythology.
The acting could be considered a little stunted, but when the actors are supposed to be acting stereotypically, I guess there is only so much that they can do with the characters.
This film has so many quotable one liners that I can’t even pick one, but trust me on this, you and all your friends will find an excuse to quote this film at every available opportunity, I know I do.
On the off chance that you are a horror fan and haven’t seen this one yet, it is a laugh a minute and has plenty of horror movie easter eggs and references for Horror Movie Junkies to enjoy.