WTF? That's what was on my mind, as I walked away when the film was over. What wasn't I getting? People have to be smoking crack, if they thought that was great horror. The premise, sure it was probably very clever on paper, but on the big screen it was a scrambled mess of ideas that never was executed in an effective manner. I thought that it wasn't focused strongly enough on the greater picture for audiences, like scares, element of surprise, fear, stalk/chase, the big opener for the title, I mean you call that an opening for a horror movie? They threw suspense out the window in its first several minutes. The Meta humor was funny in some scenes, but not clever enough to appreciate it, or have fun with it. The Cabin In The Woods is the most overrated horror film since Drag Me To Hell.
The acting, though better than I guess most direct to DVD horror films, was still one dimensional to me. I couldn't connect with any of the characters, which made me not care what happens to them, because they cared more about the twisted plot than developing the characters fully. They were like Scooby Doo characters, maybe they meant it. They star cameo was just laughable and out of place to me, this film was bloated!
For the love of God, please stop comparing "new" and "inventive" slashers, to the original Scream! Not one horror/comedy so far has topped it, not even its sequels; this one wasn't balanced when it came to scares and laughs and on equal parts, failed. Look it has been done and Scream raised the bar so high, that nothing is comparable to that modern horror classic. Hype can make or break a film and in this case it demolished it for me. You can compare the film to movies like Hatchet, Tucker and Dale Vs Evil, Scared (but not even close as good), Scooby Doo, The Cell, 13 Ghosts ECT.
The bloody kills were not that impressive and happens too fast in a predictable fashion. There was one scene where the blonde, Jules goes on a dare to kiss a stuffed and mounted wolf, what I thought should of happened is when she is kissing it, the wolf comes to life and either bites her tongue off, or half of her face. That would have been a shocking and terrifying moment of surprise, but there were none of the sort.
The final act is the highlight of the movie for me. There were killers and monsters of all sorts, like a horror fans wet dream, that caused so much bloody chaos, you'll be grinning from ear to ear. The rest of the film unfortunately fell flat, it's a bummer because I really did think that I was in for an amazing, thrilling, roller coaster ride of a horror film, but felt nothing for the most part. There is always the horror film, You're Next, to look forward to and hopefully won't disappoint like The Cabin In The Woods, if it ever gets released.
Overall, critics must be smoking crack like Marty in the film, for calling this quality horror/comedy. I love horror movies of all kinds, but this went way too far off the map with its concept, that it got in the way of everything else, like scares and balance, the film is in a tight and complicated knot, it shot itself in the foot. I am probably the only one here, who is not head over heals for this film, but I expect more as a paying and devoted fan of horror films and for that, deserve better than the hype with no payoff.