The Cabin in the Woods (2012)



Critic Consensus: The Cabin in the Woods is an astonishing meta-feat, capable of being funny, strange, and scary -- frequently all at the same time.

Movie Info

Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods. Bad things happen. If you think you know this story, think again. From fan favorites Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard comes The Cabin in the Woods, a mind blowing horror film that turns the genre inside out. -- (C) Lionsgate

Rating: R (for strong bloody horror violence and gore, language, drug use and some sexuality/nudity)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Joss Whedon, Drew Goddard
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 18, 2012
Box Office: $42.0M
Lionsgate Films - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Cabin in the Woods

All Critics (253) | Top Critics (47)

The filmmakers are less interested in providing a slow buildup to their frights than in splattering the clichés of the form in funny, spirited ways.

Full Review… | October 6, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

In order to subvert any popular form, entertainment first has to work on its own terms. Goddard and Whedon are too busy geeking out to bother with those requirements.

Full Review… | October 6, 2014
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

The setup is intriguing but the balance feels off. Goddard and Whedon overplay the winking postmodernism.

Full Review… | October 6, 2014
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
Top Critic

The target audience is clearly horror geeks with a clear knowledge of the genre and its cliches. But if you are one of those people, then you'll probably not enjoy a movie more this year.

Full Review… | September 27, 2015
The Playlist

Certainly one of my favourite films of the year so far and a must-see for anyone wanting to be genuinely shocked by the places a walk in a dark, dark wood can take you.

Full Review… | September 27, 2015

[Whedon finds] an inventive way to subvert the genre with a re-twist of the dreaded knife of horror, and a very acute Big Brother eye.

Full Review… | September 27, 2015
FILMINK (Australia)

Audience Reviews for The Cabin in the Woods

Very clever

Matt Goodman

Super Reviewer

This was quite a pleasant surprise. Loved the characters and the ending.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer


FIve college kids go to a remote cabin to party but find themselves the rats in a maze constructed by a mysterious group intent on their gruesome demises. The Cabin In The Woods is very much in Joss Whedon's familiar territory of ironic pastiche, featuring the usual gang of jocks, hotties and the gratuitous wise-cracking nerd going into the woods that hillbillies forgot to get murdered in various stereotypical ways. The big difference is in the way that the perpetrators are not the rent-a-zombies, but a kind of "Evil Incorporated" who are just a bunch of white collar, clock-punching schmos. The scenes below ground are by far the best with Bradley Whitford commenting on the proceedings like a kind of parody of Mystery Theatre 3000 as they crack wise while admiring their handiwork. I suspect that the film would have benefited from a more hands on approach by Joss Whedon's keener sense of the post modern and lighter comic touch, Goddard's punch line in particular felt weak compared to the very amusing build up. But as a whole, it's just the right side of self deprecating and much, much better than the hugely over-rated Scream.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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