The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
The Cabin in the Woods was filmed way back in 2009 but because of production problems was not released until 2012. The film is directed by Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon who have collaborated together on various television shows including Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The film stars Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams and Anna Hutcherison.
The plot of the film is simple yet absolutely brilliant. It follows five friends as they spend a weekend up in the woods where Curt’s (Hemsworth) cousin has just bought a cabin. Once they get there they begin to be watched and it does not take long for blood to begin to flow.
The Cabin in the Woods is a deconstructing of the horror genre, it is a horror comedy that never lets up and is very well written. Not since Scream has a horror film been so self-aware of itself. The Usual tropes are all here. We got the dumb jock, the stupid blond, the geek and of course the virgin. All of these usual suspects are refreshingly played with so that they never fell dull or worn out. The film really is gem of the genre and should remind every horror film fan why they first fell in love with the genre. The comedy bits are truly hilarious if you’re a fan of the genre as certain scene turn the genre on its head.
Things really kick off half way through the film and when it does it you tend to forget that this is a parody of sorts. You are dragged into the story and begin to be invested into the character that where originally meant to be nothing more than lab rats. By the end of the film so many things happen that you are bound to want to watch this over and over just to digest the film right. This is truly a future cult classic and one that is well deserving of that title. The film has not faults that I can think of but if I had to say something bad about it, it would have to be that the film ended.
Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon have expertly crafted a film that is not only smart but also a film that has soul. It is a film that you are going to want to see over and over again. Hopefully this can be this generation’s Scream in that it revives the horror genre and brings about more mores that are more than just gore for gore sake. If I had to show why I love horror film to someone this would be the film I would so them to show case my love as it provides that gleeful emotion that I have not felt for a long time. Overall I would recommend this to any horror genre fan and any true horror fan should watch it, 4 out of 5.