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Review Cabin in the Woods (2012)

genre:comedy, horror

When I heard Cabin in the Woods, Joss Whedon and Evil Dead mentioned in the same sentence I knew all there is to know about it for me to look forward to it. I avoided reviews and forums since I wanted to watch this movie without any knowledge about it so that I could totally immerse myself in it. Now after having seen it I can say that my viewing experience was very different from what I expected it to be. First off the whole Evil Dead homage/tribute has to be taken in with a few grains of salt. Since it is limited to some references. There were two obvious scenes that could be regarded as those. One where we first get to see the Cabin, almost a dead ringer for the one in Evil Dead. And another scene that resembles the way the Evil is called upon. And come to think of it the chopped off zombie hand also might be considered a reference to Evil Dead 2. But that was all there is to it. A bit thin if you ask me. I had hoped they would have paid tribute by adopting some of the style or the way Sam Raimi build up tension and scares. Which comes to my biggest gripe with Cabin in the Woods. It's not scary. Generally I like horror comedies and don't mind if it is more comedy than horror. But in this case I expected it to be the other way around. That's the problem if you claim it is in the vein of Evil Dead. With all the silliness and goofiness that goes around in Evil Dead it's scary and pure horror through and through. The sequel was more comedic but still genuine horror. Cabin in the Woods does have some horror moments that make up for the lack of especially in the last twenty minutes. Only could be seen as a little too late. Anyway once you realize it's not exactly in the vein as Evil Dead the whole experience becomes more enjoyable. I did appreciate the parts where they played around with the conventions and rules of horror. And giving us answers and  reasons why people in horror movies act so stupid. It seems there is more of cleverness like this almost warranting a second view. For which I still have to think about. Overall I found Cabin the Woods to be very entertaining but it is nowhere near a masterpiece like Evil Dead is.

Extra note:

More and more references suddenly come to mind when I think about it which might increase my appreciation and change my view more in favour than it is currently. To be continued.


Unknown said...

Fantastic review of "The Cabin in the Woods"; I have a friend and co-worker from Dish who has enthusiastically encouraged me to see this movie. Being that I love the horror genre, and am a huge admirer of the movies that play with the dark side of the psyche, I'm convinced this will be fantastic. My work keeps me away from home, so using Blockbuster @Home to get the Blu-ray in advance will be perfect for what we call “a hotel night with the lights left on”. Having a movie to reflect on always helps if an unseen force comes between our final destination and us.

Dan O. said...

This is a hell of a fun movie that features twists that got better and better as the film went on. It’s crazy that horror films can be this fun and entertaining just by smart and witty writing. However, it won’t last for too long so we might as well enjoy it while Whedon and Goodard are around. Good review Chrichton.




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