The Cabin In The Woods (Drew Goddard, 2012) 3/4
When Scream was released in 1996, horror fans were given a film that took references and commentary from all their favorite screamers and created a cultural phenomenon. Cabin In The Woods will not create this same type of following but will certainly be talked and argued about for years to come.
Starting out as every other horror film does, a group of friends go away for a weekend “off the grid” to have some fun and relaxation. On their way they even meet the stereotypical creepy old man at the gas station, this movie is full of the great past. As they arrive at the cabin, they begin to feel nervous about the place discovering odd drawings and ornaments on the walls. Once the group decides to investigate the basement, the experiment controlled by the scientists underground begins. That twist right there is definitely enough to be a shocker but trust me, that’s just the beginning.
Each character fits the horror film profile, the athlete or hero (Chris Hemsworth), the pothead/comic relief, the smart kid, the slut and the virgin/good girl. What I loved about these characters was that although they were typical and used before, they felt fresh and like people I wanted to know.
The film is nowhere near perfect and is actually filled with a lot of loose ends, (how the hell does Curt get out of that room?) but that doesn’t really matter because you’re just supposed to enjoy the ride. It’s over the top and cheesy throughout but incredibly smart and witty at the same time. I really enjoyed Cabin in the Woods because it felt nostalgic while bringing a new kick to the suffering horror genre. Teens will not like this film because frankly they have only experienced the terrible remakes of recent years. They do not know what it’s like to experience something different. In my theatre there was a High School senior sitting by me that said she hated it and while walking out another said, “I didn’t understand that, it was stupid”. I weep for the young.