The Cabin in the Woods
Finally got the chance to see The Cabin in the Woods last night after hearing many good things, and it’s pleasant to say it didn’t disappoint.
For those of you who haven’t seen the trailer and don’t want to know anything other than it’s a cabin in the woods and some college kids head out there for a weekend of good times and/or maybe to get murdered a little, read no more.
For the rest of you: Knowing that there is more in the mix already still doesn’t prepare you for how fun this movie is.
Written by both Drew Goddard (director, also wrote Cloverfield) and Joss Whedon (producer), it opens with some great dialogue between two aging techs at a mysterious facility competing with others around the world. At the same time, five students (Dana, Jules, Thor, Holden and Marty the Stoner) are heading to the woods for a weekend retreat.
We quickly establish a connection between the techs and the kids through hidden surveillance and the horror/hilarity/awesomeness ensues from there.
There are so many things worth mentioning in this movie – from the spooky guy they meet before the cabin, to the flashing of the movie title – that it’s hard not to get bogged down in discussing the details here because of how fantastic they are. Fans of movies like Evil Dead II and Drag me to Hell can easily get caught up in long conversations chronicling why they love them both. This movie was, essentially, made for them.
And again, it’s tough not to spoil the details for you because they are just so enjoyable.
It’s a refreshing flick, to say the least, for a genre that’s supersaturated with films that are all hack and slash and no substance. Cabin definitely has substance. Go see it.