Just from seeing the preview of ‘The Cabin in the Woods’ you automatically know this will not be your typical horror movie. As a person who has seen the movie I know there is very little about it that I should tell you, because the thing that works best for this film is all the surprises it has. I’m glad no one ruined that for me, the advertising department has done a great job at making the public curious without giving too much away. I just wish the movie wouldn’t have gotten so out of hand, I think the ideas it has are fantastic, but unfortunately it is taken too far to the point of ruining the movie.
This is the story of five friends: Dana (Kristen Connolly), Curt (Chris Hemsworth), Jules (Anna Hutchinson), Marty (Fran Kranz) and Holden (Jesse Williams) that decide to escape the city by going to a cabin in the woods. Soon they begin to realize that there is something off about this remote place. This might sound like a story you already know but this horror film turns the genre inside out.
The best acting in this movie comes from Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford, their years of experience really enhance this story even more, as the unravel the horrors and purpose behind this story. The five friends provide us with the scenery of a typical horror movie combination of personalities, but some stick out more than others. I really enjoyed more than half of this film, which says a lot because it is very hard to find a good scary movie nowadays. Unfortunately, my enjoyment turned into a lot of eye rolling the last 15 minutes of the film. To me it became a joke that was taken too far to the point of being ridiculous, which killed me because I really liked the main concept behind the film.
I truly think it is original, but at the same time it’s a good combination of great horror films and there’s a reason for that. It is weaved in with comedy, which is quite refreshing, along with many other elements which really makes for an interesting story. The problem with these various elements is that they become suffocating for the audience towards the end of the film, they all clash together into a movie that becomes 10 different genres at once and ends with a punch. If you want to go to the theater to experience this crazy film with an open mind knowing that you might be disappointed after the roller coaster ride go ahead, otherwise I say it is probably better to watch it as a fun slasher flick on night at home.