Review: Cabin in the Woods (2012)

I’ve wanted to see this movie since the first time I heard of it, but I kept putting in on the back burner. I mean, I haven’t even seen J. Edgar and I’ve had the movie for a couple of months now.

I’ve read great, no, scratch that, glowing reviews for Cabin in the Woods so, of course, I had huge expectations. Glad to say they were met and more!

From the beginning this is the perfect recipe for the 100 times seen before horror movie. Boring sequence with two corporate guys at the start of the movie, then bam! switch to 5 friends going on a road trip. It has the cliché stoner, yet philosopher guy, the recluse, shy chick, her wild slightly slutty friend, her jock-y boyfriend, a love interest for the shy one, the unwarranted rude and creepy redneck working at the only gas station in the middle of nowhere. Oh and the wild girl is a blonde which makes you half expect her to die a horribly stupid death, tripping on a pebble and getting caught by the murderer.

Deception! A practical joke on anyone who thinks they know what this movie’s about. Because suddenly you have an eagle fly into a force field and everything changes. Yeah, not going to explain that one, just watch the movie and see.

Whedon has done it again with the help of Drew Goddard, of course. This was exceptional and very imaginative. I don’t want to spoil anything because that would mean half the charm gone, so I’m going to talk generalities.

It’s smart and witty with a twist you definitely won’t expect. The humour is genuinely funny and not necessarily sexual, the dialogue is good and credible.

It’s got plenty of gore for the die-hard horror fans and a couple of creatures/bad guys you might even recognize.

The acting is solid throughout, not outstanding, but good.

Cabin in the Woods is an interesting, witty, scary and entertaining movie that will take you by surprise.

 

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