Review of Cabin in the Woods (2012)

Dir. Drew Goddard; Starring Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchinson
Currently on Rotten Tomatoes’ Top 100 Horror Movies list

Cabin in the Woods is one of the best movies I’ve seen. Not just one of the best horror movies I’ve seen, but one of the best in general. It presents itself to us as horror parody, then, though twists and turns, ends up becoming a story worthy of Lovecraftian merit. It’s truly brilliant.

And funny.

And so very graphic.

The story of Cabin in the Woods may seem familiar. A group of college kids go on a trip to a cabin located in the middle of a large wooded area. These kids embody the stereotypical archetype of young people in horror: the jock/alpha male (Hemsworth), the “slut” (Hutchinson), the token person of color/beta male (Jesse Williams), the stoner (Fran Kranz), and the virgin (Connolly). They break every single rule that Winters and I have come up with and end up summoning a bunch of hillbilly, incestuous zombies.

If that seems cliché to you, you’d be correct, but that’s the beauty of a movie as completely self-aware as this one. As I said before, it’s basically a horror parody. Not only is everything about this movie completely typical of movies of it’s kind, but it does it in such a way that it becomes funny. On purpose. I don’t want to give away the ending, in case you haven’t seen it, but I can assure you that it doesn’t end the way you think it will.

The script is beautifully campy, as can be expected from the great Joss Whedon (who co-wrote the script with director Drew Goddard). Each character embodies their role in a way that works perfectly with satire. The zombies are gruesomely amazing and the sub-plot is both hilarious and horrifying at the same time.

I honestly could talk about how amazing this movie is all day, but I’m too afraid I’m going to accidentally spoil it for you guys. In short: the acting is superb, the script is amazing, the cinematography is on point and the ending is so spectacular… and bloody.

Unless you’re uneasy with blood in movies, this film is a MUST WATCH.

Highly recommended. It definitely earned it’s spot on the Top 100 Horror Movies list.

Let me know what you think in the comments!


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