I Saw A Film Today… The Cabin in the Woods

For the first time in a long time, I’m really excited for what Hollywood has to offer this year. Last year’s summer brought nothing to even remotely excite me. But this year, there’s a lot to look forward to. I’m really excited for the upcoming sci-fi flick Prometheus. I’m also excited about the final installment of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy as well. And a few other films that I’m keeping my eye on. Cabin in the Woods was another film that caught my attention, mainly because all the buzz surrounding it.

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A group of young college kids are planning a weekend get-away at a cabin… in the woods. All the horror film stereotypes are here. You got the jock (Thor himself Chris Hemsworth), the burnout (Fran Kranz), the brainy good-looking guy (Jesse Williams), the sheltered virgin (Kristen Connolly), and the slut (Anna Hutchison).

Later in the night, the group discover the basement containing many new items from the past, ranging from a mysterious puzzle ball to a conch shell. They also find a diary that for unexplainable reason they decide to read in-depth and to also read the bits that are in Latin, which raises a family of redneck zombies to attack the kids.

Now I know what You are thinking; this is your standard run of the mill horror film that Hollywood churns out in massive loads every year. You know, the kind where you know who what and why after only being five minutes in to the film. But this is only the first half of The Cabin in the Woods. The second half is what makes this film unique and different. To keep from spoiling anything for you, I will leave this section of the film a mystery. But the entire film is actually a puzzle that you spend trying to solve the whole time.

You’re not going to get any scare from this film. Anything that is meant to strike horror into the hearts of fans of this genre of films is something that you’ve seen before. But that’s the whole purpose of the film. Writers Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard, in their own words, have called this a “love hate letter” to the horror genre. The fact that this film has been sitting on the shelf for close to three years and only now has received a release might just be a testament to how relevant it is.

The film is rather messy though. Especially the first half. While I understand that this is supposed to be a somewhat satirical look at the genre, they could have taken a little more time to develop it. And as for performances, you get what you expect. The group of kids, including a pre-Thor Chris Hemsworth, are just mediocre and unmemorable. The two that will be memorable is the duo team of Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford. And the total surprise cameo at the end is none other than… nah, not going to tell you that. Why ruin it?

The Cabin in the Woods is a decidedly different film, although I do believe it could have been done better if a little more care was taken.

Verdict: SEE IT!

*Rated R for strong bloody horror violence and gore, language, drug use, and some sexuality/nudity.

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