Every so often, a movie will come along and leave you in a state of utter amazement. All horror fans wait for that one crazy, brilliantly done flick that has us leaving the theater knowing that this is the ONE for the collection. And yes, The Cabin in the Woods is that movie. As your guide to all things horrortastic, I can not recommend this movie enough. See..This…NOW!!!!!
Joss Whedon is a genius. The Cabin in the Woods was directed, scripted and produced so gorgeously that I will forgive Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the TV series, not the movie). Whedon has a thing for monsters and that’s ok when it’s done well. And Whedon knows how to write his ass off. The Cabin in the Woods is freakishly good, right down to the acting. (Ya didn’t think Thor had it in him to do horror, did ya?) Five young college students just want to party the weekend away, just get in the RV and go. Studious Dana, jock Curt, stoner Marty, sexy Jules and smart-as-a-whip cutie pie Holden find the cabin a little odd, weird paintings and one-way mirrors, but they are determined to have a good time. Of course they don’t suspect that they are being watched veryclosely by a secret government organization or that anything out of the ordinary is going on until the cellar door of the cabin opens. Going down (of course they go down), they find all sorts of strange items, a pendant, a puzzle ball, a musisc box, a conch shell, but it’s our good girl Dana finds….the journal. The action really kicks off once she reads the Latin (even though Marty begs her not to). Dana’s choice brings out the long-dead owners of the cabin who set out to dispatch the little group in all kinds of gruesome ways. Why? Why has the “zombie torture redneck family” come out to play? Ahh, the plot thickens. That government organization I mentioned before? Turns out that they’re in charge of running a clandestine operation that calls for the blood of innocent to be spilled so that an ancient evil will not rise up and destory the world. Say what???
The Cabin in the Woods is funny, it’s tongue-in-cheek, it’s just about every horror movie cliche ever made. The backwoods doomsday sayer? Check. The slut getting killed first? Check. No cell phone signal when you need it most and you didn’t check before? Triple check. The acting is good, the effects are awesome and the surprise appearance of the Director is just downright cool. This is the type of movie that will have you rewinding parts going, “Dude, I have to see that AGAIN.”
Scream rating: Through the roof