The Cabin in the Woods – 4 stars

https://i0.wp.com/themodernallegory.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/cabin-in-the-woods-poster.jpg

Five college kids – the jock, the stoner, the brainiac, the slut and the virgin – go away for a party weekend at a remote cabin in the woods.  They are warned off by a creepy hick who runs the nearest gas station, but they are young and confident and will have none of his superstitious guff.  In the cellar of the cabin, they find a diary, unlock a mystery, unleash a trio of zombified monsters, and . . . Well, you know the rest.

You don’t know the half of it.  I thought the good reviews were the result of a reprise of Sam Raimi’s creepy, zany approach in Evil Dead and Evil Dead 2, with maybe some clever Kevin Williamson (Scream) thrown in.  I was way off, though the picture does feel as fresh as those movies when they came out.  Certainly, some of the lines are slyly self-referential, but wrapped around the standard “don’t go in the woods” approach is a whole different twist.  I can honestly say I’ve seen nothing quite like it in the horror genre.

Producer/co-writer Joss Whedon is after my own heart in his summation of the plot:  “On another level it’s a serious critique of what we love and what we don’t about horror movies. I love being scared. I love that mixture of thrill, of horror, that objectification/identification thing of wanting definitely for the people to be alright but at the same time hoping they’ll go somewhere dark and face something awful. The things that I don’t like are kids acting like idiots, the devolution of the horror movie into torture porn and into a long series of sadistic comeuppances. Drew and I both felt that the pendulum had swung a little too far in that direction.”

Again, I can’t say much, but of particular note are the contributions of Richard Jenkins (the ghost father in “Six Feet Under” and the beleaguered one in Step Brothers) and Bradley Whitford (Josh, from “The West Wing”).  ‘Nuff said.

Advertisements
2 comments
  1. Nika said:

    I wrote quite good review for this film because surprisingly I liked it. The plot was really nice with an unexpected finale, and Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford played amazingly. Maybe It’s not the scariest horror lately but averagely it was far more better then most of recent horrors.

  2. Agreed. What I liked best was the interweaving of the two locales and the fact that the “reveal” for the second one was gradual. And the comic touches were inspired.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: