The Cabin in the Woods

2011, Horror/Comedy, 1h 35m

287 Reviews 100,000+ Ratings

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

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When five college friends (Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams) arrive at a remote forest cabin for a little vacation, little do they expect the horrors that await them. One by one, the youths fall victim to backwoods zombies, but there is another factor at play. Two scientists (Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford) are manipulating the ghoulish goings-on, but even as the body count rises, there is yet more at work than meets the eye.

Cast & Crew

Tommy Lenk
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Joss Whedon
Screenwriter
Drew Goddard
Screenwriter
Jason Clark
Executive Producer
Peter Deming
Cinematographer
Martin Whist
Production Design
Lisa Lassek
Film Editor
Shawna Trpcic
Costume Designer
David Julyan
Original Music
Tom Reta
Supervising Art Direction
Michael Diner
Art Director
Hamish Purdy
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Critic Reviews for The Cabin in the Woods

All Critics (287) | Top Critics (73) | Fresh (263) | Rotten (24)

  • This is, I know, a self-aware film: its clichés are parodies of horror clichés generally, but to subvert a form, it should, first and foremost, work as an entertainment, and it most surely does not.

    August 31, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Ranks among one of the most wryly self-aware works of American pop culture entertainment in years.

    September 27, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • 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.

    October 6, 2014 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    October 6, 2014 | Full Review…
  • It sounds like the oldest horror story in the book but from the first scene of The Cabin in the Woods it's clear that the director, Drew Goddard, and his co-writer, Joss Whedon, are bent on turning the formula upside down.

    October 6, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The setup is intriguing but the balance feels off. Goddard and Whedon overplay the winking postmodernism.

    October 6, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • This is, I know, a self-aware film: its clichés are parodies of horror clichés generally, but to subvert a form, it should, first and foremost, work as an entertainment, and it most surely does not.

    August 31, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Ranks among one of the most wryly self-aware works of American pop culture entertainment in years.

    September 27, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • 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.

    October 6, 2014 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    October 6, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Could I possibly be fair and balanced talking about this movie when it was created in a lab by awesome scientists (that is, scientists of awesomeness) out of everything I love most to be The Perfect Movie For Me? I cannot.

    July 6, 2021 | Full Review…
  • The cast is far stronger than one usually finds in this type of film.

    September 4, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4.0 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Cabin in the Woods

  • Apr 07, 2014
    A brilliant parody-pastiche of the horror franchise that comments on too many things to list here. Meta commentary on voyeurism, archetypical slasher films, and monster films all at once is a serious undertaking that Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard handle while having a ton of fun.
    Jason 123 D Super Reviewer
  • Feb 23, 2014
    Not what I expected though really entertaining and not boring.
    NaWie M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 17, 2014
    This was quite a pleasant surprise. Loved the characters and the ending.
    Wildaly M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 27, 2013
    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 X Super Reviewer

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