Chris' Review of The Cabin in the Woods

  • 16 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
    The Cabin in the Woods

    The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

    Joss Whedon may have some misses in his roster, but he sure loves to hit back full force and 'Cabin in the Woods' is a full force homerun. The film starts with the usual idea of five young friends heading up to an isolated cabin in the woods for a weekend vacation when mysterious things begin to happen. You know, the same old stuff but Whedon and Drew Goddard (Cloverfield) manage to change the old premise up with some very clever twists and turns that make for an entertaining film if not one of the better films in the modern horror era that I have seen in a long time. What makes the film so much fun to watch is the lack of any real seriousness to it. It's a silly idea and a silly movie and the filmmakers know it and run with the idea, giving horror fans some nice references to earlier works while making some memorable scenes of their own. I've heard people complain about the characters in the film, but I'm not sure what they wanted. The film uses the cliches of old such as the blonde ditzy girl, the jock, the pothead, and the heroine but these are cheesy and cliche characters on purpose and I feel that that idea has become lost on some audience members. The films production is also top notch with some really great set pieces, special effects, and pretty good CGI (at least as good as CGI can look these days.) and overall, Whedon and Goddard make the film seem larger in production value than it probably cost to make the film. Overall, 'Cabin in the Woods' is a fun film that uses the idea of meta-filmmaking much better than say your typical 'Scream' and it really makes for an interesting and engaging horror film. It's a shame there's not enough like this in this genre.

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