April 15, 2012

Cabin in the Woods: Movie Review

Cabin in the Woods is as tempting as free tickets to Disneyland. This movie started heavily marketing around last month with trailers sprouting everywhere, from television to film. It was a very great start since I only heard about this film a few months ago. What I knew was that it was written and directed by Drew Goddard, and written and produced by the incredible Joss Whedon.

Now the trailer for Cabin makes this film very clear that it is a horror story with a twist, but the twist is given away in the trailer with showing two men in a large computer room watching over teens at a cabin. The tag-line, "You think you know the story," is very wide in what story we are pertaining to in this film. There are about a hundred (over-exaggerating) stories in this film, all of which tie in well together.

The main plot in this film is with 5 teenagers going up to a cabin which is "stationed" in the woods. From here spoilers will be very few because this film is built on spoilers. However, trying to tell a good story from just this small plot point is very hard. Everyone thinks that cabin films have been done a hundred times and this one would have been no exception. Yet, the film-makers rely on the clever tag that you really do not know this story. Even with the give away in the trailer this film has many twists, turns, and explosions.

As the teenagers get to the cabin, horror shenanigans ensue and keep ensueing til the very end with a clever mix of comedy and beautifully scored music. I did have gripes about the film, but they weren't bad enough to downgrade this film from being my 2nd favorite film of the year, next to the almighty, unreleased Dark Knight Rises.

I can truly say that everything pays off in the last 15 minutes of the film when everything goes complete ape-shit. It is the best scene EVER, but I will let you judge for yourself. Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon create what horror films nowadays want to be and never come to be.


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