There, that’s my synopsis. Now, I always try and avoid trailers, early reviews, random comments, or badly crafted TV commercials. It’s way too easy to spoil everything now, especially when the internet is such an easy way to get information about films. It’s not that the advertising for The Cabin in the Woods is giving too much away, although the latest TV ad comes pretty close, it’s the fact that they’re giving anything away that sucks. Now continue reading the next few paragraphs as I repeat endlessly how amazing this film is without really telling you anything about it.
Don’t go into this one looking for a twist. That seems to be the idea that a lot of people have with this one. Granted, there is a twist, but it’s pretty much revealed within the first 10 or 15 minutes. It’s the question of why that carries the story, that’s the real surprise. Little by little, tiny pieces reveal the reason behind the events in the film, all leading up to one of the most insane endings I’ve seen outside of a Japanese splatter flick. Anyone who loves horror films needs to see this movie. It’s a horror geek fantasy land filled with blood, endless references, and a smart use of genre cliches that the Scream franchise wishes it had done.
In fact, the more I think about it, the more I start to wonder if every single moment was planned meticulously. Everything has a reason here, from the biggest moment, to the smallest movement. If there’s nudity, there’s a reason. If a character happens to fit a horror stereotype, there’s a reason. Hell, there even seems to be a reason for certain camera angles. This is a movie that you watch over and over, picking it apart and discussing it with everyone else who has watched it. At the same time, you can’t help but keep every detail to yourself, telling anyone who hasn’t seen it yet that you don’t want to give anything away.
See, I’ve managed to get through a few paragraphs while still saying nothing. It’s painful to do because I’m dying to talk to anyone about the flick. I need another film buff to bounce ideas off of. That’s not to say that casual film fans won’t enjoy The Cabin in the Woods, they will. It’s just that there’s so much there for horror fans to pull apart and share within that community. Someone is probably already compiling a list of the different films that this one references, and I need that list. I already can’t wait to watch this one again, but for more reasons than I’ve put forward already.
The film is actually hilarious. It’s a great example of comedy and horror being put together. Shaun of the Dead instantly comes to mind when you speak of the horror comedy film, and this is on that level. It also manages to be over the top in the way that only a horror movie can be. I can only imagine how much fake blood was used on the set. The best part is that it’s smart, even when it’s being stupid. Like I said before, I’m starting to think that every single second of the film was planned well in advance. From the way that someone moves, the angle the camera takes, or the exact words that someone says, writer/director Drew Goddard and co-writer Joss Whedon have done an incredible job.
The Cabin in the Woods will have you thinking about every other horror film you’ve ever watched, and I would imagine that every other movie after this will make you think about The Cabin in the Woods. From the way that the film uses every cliche I can think of, but does it for a purpose, or to the way that almost every sub-genre in horror is represented, I can’t think of a more entertaining horror film. Goddard and Whedon managed to take everything I love about horror and put it all into one film. They do all that without making it seem out of place, while still taking the story in a direction that is so far out.
The longer you think about it, the more you’ll love it, and the more you’ll want to see it again. I know I’m already planning for the next time I get a chance to watch it!
Under the marquee – Will