The Cabin in the Woods Reviews

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September 27, 2015
Ranks among one of the most wryly self-aware works of American pop culture entertainment in years.
October 6, 2014
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
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
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
The setup is intriguing but the balance feels off. Goddard and Whedon overplay the winking postmodernism.
January 4, 2013
One of the best movies of 2012 so far, in any genre.
January 4, 2013
By the time the ride is over, director Drew Goddard and co-writers Goddard and Joss Whedon will change course three or four times, nodding and winking but never losing momentum.
April 13, 2012
And you thought you were just headed for a weekend getaway.
April 13, 2012
A horror movie embedded in a conspiracy flick embedded in another horror movie-the most inventive cabin-in-the-woods picture since The Evil Dead and the canniest genre deconstruction since Scream.
April 13, 2012
The climactic one-two punch of special-effects chaos and meta-movie chin stroking should have the fanboys trembling with delight.
April 13, 2012
"The Cabin in the Woods" gets at the story underneath the story, and the reason behind the clichés.
April 13, 2012
If it's true that you always kill the thing you love, then horror honchos Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard have taken an ax to slasher cinema in The Cabin in the Woods and chopped it up for kindling.
April 13, 2012
Everything about "The Cabin in the Woods" is a delicious practical joke...
April 13, 2012
For all of its many intellectual pleasures, and smart commentary, Cabin in the Woods is a visceral roller coaster of a movie at heart. And like the best thrill rides, when it's over, you just want to get back on and go again.
April 13, 2012
Cabin is a meta-horror-comedy mash-up that, at least for two-thirds of its running time, holds together smartly.
April 13, 2012
Movies that mean to deconstruct movies seem to be made solely by and for cinema vampires, those ghost-faced geeks whose pallor is rarely challenged by exposure to the sun.
April 13, 2012
A pulpy, deceivingly insightful send-up of horror movies that elicits just as many knowing chuckles as horrified gasps.
April 13, 2012
If you like nutty energy, wacky ideas, crisp dialogue and scary, bloody, gory, grotesque and twisted movies - man, are you going to have a blast this weekend.
April 12, 2012
You needn't be a fanboy to enjoy the moment when the ride really takes off and the spectacle flowers. A scary imagination will do just fine.
April 12, 2012
Quite a bit of it is great, and most of it works, and the stuff that clicks is outrageously entertaining and funny, sometimes with surprising depth.
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