Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Cabin in the Woods (2011)

Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard reteam to bring us the 2011 smash-hit, THE CABIN IN THE WOODS! An idyllic weekend away turns in to a terrible nightmare for five friends when rampaging monsters attack their remote cabin in the woods. Meanwhile, the mysterious members of a secretive organization watch from their secure command post to ensure that no one gets out alive.

Here we find that the standards of the Slasher genre are being deconstructed and played out with loving homage and a tremendous amount of self-referential humor. Dana and her friends form the five teen stereotypes that would be expected in a film of this kind... At least, their observers are counting on this considering that the fate of the world may hang in the balance. Whedon's sharp wit makes for a number of wildly entertaining exchanges between the characters, even if their clever quips take away from the natural flow of dialog. As the group enters the cabin basement, we learn that it is up to them to choose their fate by selecting one of many accursed items, each of which are linked to some terrifying creature from ancient lore. And so, they fall under attack by... zombies? Of the limitless possibilities that could have been chosen, we are stuck watching another dull zombie movie?! Luckily, all hell breaks loose towards the end, and we get to see all of the creatures that are hidden deep beneath the cabin. Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, and the other unfortunate college kids are fine enough in their respective roles, but the real fun comes from Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford as Sitterson and Hadley, the two quirky men behind the controls. Many of the best moments come from their crazy antics, like when the different departments bet on which monsters will dismember the unsuspecting teens first.

THE CABIN IN THE WOODS puts an exciting new twist on many of the tired old cliches, and despite requiring a few minor adjustments to improve upon an otherwise perfect premise, it may yet prove to become a modern classic in the genre.

Rating: 8/10.

Movies like THE CABIN IN THE WOODS:
THE EVIL DEAD, BEHIND THE MASK, TUCKER AND DALE VS EVIL, THIR13EN GHOSTS, SATURDAY THE 14TH, THE MONSTER SQUAD.

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4 comments:

  1. I did Not think much of this film ... until i finally got to view it... Awesome....!!!
    He got to see his "Mer-man"....LOL

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  2. I quite enjoyed this one. Half the fun was pausing the DVD to catch the different monsters in their cells. This movie came in over-hyped and plagued with production issues, but it pretty much lived up to the hype. It was smart, funny, and perhaps a bit too meta for casual fans, but so what? Good film to watch in a double bill with "Tucker and Dale vs Evil".

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  3. My only reservations were that the writing was too smart for the characters, and the god damned zombies. Whyyyy?? Anything but zombies! The Mer-Man was definitely awesome though, and I am hoping my second go through will be even more enjoyable now that I've dispelled all expectations.

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  4. I agree - I wasn't entirely sold on the redneck zombies at first but it's totally made up for in the final act! I really enjoyed this film when I rewatched it as there are just so many little things to notice. Whedon tends to not disappoint.

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