The cabin in the woods begins like a normal, everyday horror movie – no, wait! – forget what I just said. Okay, let’s try again …
The cabin in the woods begins like a movie comprised out of two separate pieces.
On one hand you get the menu of a classic horror movie. That means, a group of young teenagers decide to go out camping and spend the weekend in a remote wooden chalet deep in the woods, far away from everything they know. After hours of silly, frivolous exultation they suddenly face a horrifying monster coming to kill them one by one, which results in many a scenes with filthy blood pools and spine-chilling screeches. That is where your ordinary horror movie usually stops …
But in the case of The cabin in the woods there is more, lots more!
The second part of this extraordinary horror movie is completely different from anything you would come to expect in the horror genre. It shows you an underground laboratory full of boring scientists and desk clerks.
Now … ‘What has one to do with the other?’, I hear you ask. Well …
THAT is the fun part of this movie! THAT is what you have to help uncover. THAT is why this movie isn’t just another run-down-the-mill, stupid horror movie, but one of the most brilliantly written scary stories Hollywood has ever made! Although, when you think about it, ever might be a tad overzealous, seeing as how Hollywood already made horror movies as far back as the 1930’s.
Right now you’re thinking: “Pfff, horror? No thanks!”
Whatever the reason might be for you to think this, don’t be afraid. The cabin in the woods isn’t very scary. You won’t have any nightmares after you watch this movie. That’s not its intent. This movie was never made to chase you up and down your chair in the arms of your beloved boy-/girlfriend. One could compare the level of thrills and chills in The cabin in the woods to the soft popcorn-atmosphere of such commercial movies such as Scream or Final destination, but instead of masked telephone stalkers or freaky accidents at home or in your car, you get bizarre-looking monsters running amok.
Make sure though you don’t let anyone younger than sixteen watch this movie … we’re still talking horror, people!
The story is about a couple of teens who decide to … err … didn’t I tell you this already?
The only thing left to explain – without spoiling the many plot changes – is that the scientists living and working underground have something to do with the beasts and monsters you will see in this movie!
To say more would be to ruin the movie for you …
Of course – this IS a horror movie and great acting performances are as thin as slicing meat of someone’s back with a Samurai sword. The entire cast plays at their very strength, but it’s veteran actors like Richard Jenkins and Sigourney Weaver who push the movie well beyond its boundaries.
Of the group of victimized teens, blond stunner and girl-magnet Chris Hemsworth (a.k.a. Thor) will catch most of the limelight. If only he had his hammer with him …
For the men in the audience, there’s always Anna Hutchison whose cute, little face and one particular kissing scene (with tongue) might be an extra bonus not easily forgotten …
did you know?
The movie’s opening was a deliberate attempt by filmmakers Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon to confuse the audience and make them think they walked in to see the wrong movie.
Give it to me straight:
It’s very true – horror movies are too often brainless throwaways with only one or two awesome movies every ten years who earn the right to be labeled ‘an instant-classic’ or ‘a masterpiece’.
The 60’s gave us Psycho. In the 70’s, The exorcist and Michael Myers of Halloween. The wonderful 1980’s: A nightmare on Elm Street with the ever-so-fabulous Freddy Krueger and Chucky. Then there were the 90’s with Scream. The 00’s gave us Saw. And now you can add another classic to your list …
To say that ‘The cabin in the woods’ is of the same caliber as Psycho or The exorcist is perhaps a knife’s edge too dangerous to say out loud, but nonetheless it’s one of the most refreshing and original horror movies ever made!
YES – there will be blood! YES – people will die in horrible situations. YES – body parts will be severed from innocent victims running around stupid!
But it’s all pretty limited in terms of blood – save for the spectacular ending – to give the storyline the chance to slowly but surely unfurl with a bloodthirsty backdrop of super-cool beasts and spine-tingling monsters.