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The Cabin in the Woods


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I am by no means a horror film aficionado; I hardly even watch horror films actually. Yet, it seems the tropes are still the same and the general idea has remained static. One piece of the genre that seems to be growing is the self-indulgent mocking of the classic themes and tools. This is often performed in the typical tongue-in-cheek manner of most parodies, but the film retains an air of earnestness to ensure the audience knows the goal is to entice fear. Occasionally, as is the case with The Cabin in the Woods, we get something wholly unique and creative that ups the ante to a different level.

Grade:

B+

From the brilliant minds of Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard (Cloverfield, Lost, Alias), The Cabin in the Woods is exactly what you’d expect, but with an incredibly entertaining twist. Sure, we get the college students played by actors in their late-twenties (Chris Hemsworth, Kristen Connolly, Anna Hutchison) and each one has a role (jock, virgin, floozy). However, in this case their roles are more important and come with slight quirks, as does the cabin.

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This is a brief review for blatant reasons. I made sure to not read any spoilers beforehand, but failed in the unlikeliest of places: a Sporcle quiz. How apropos that my spoiler for such a quirky movie came from the most absurd of places.

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In any case, if you’re a fan of horror or not, see The Cabin in the Woods. Whedon brings his quick wit and amazingly inventive imagination, while Goddard brings the suspense and proper direction/structure required. They are a great team and the final product and the audience benefit as a result. The Cabin in the Woods may not be the scariest movie I’ll/you’ll ever see, but it certainly is one of the most fun.

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    • movie snob
    • May 11th, 2013

    Personal request — I miss your reviews of “foreign language” films and series. Those are the films and series we are less likely to see reviews for and, if the shows are any good, they will be US films or series in a year or two.

  1. Everything about this movie is amazing, all the way down to the little jokes about horror fans; ‘they aren’t zombies, they are a zombie redneck family’.

    One of my favourite films last year and of this decade. Bloody excellent.

    • Agreed! It was much funnier than I had anticipated. A very pleasant surprise indeed.

  1. May 21st, 2013

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