Movie Review: The Cabin in the Woods

The Cabin in the Woods is a bit of a mind bender for me. On the one hand it plays off good old horror clichés and on the other it is trying to do something fresh and different.

A group of five friends make a trip to you guessed it – a cabin in the woods. In this group you have your usual character types: the jock; the nerd; the slut; the pot head and of course; the virgin. In the meantime there is also something funny going on in some type of facility with guys wearing lab coats and it becomes quickly apparent that they may be up to no good as far as the group of friends are concerned.

This is somewhat of a challenge to review without spoiling anything, so I will stick to what I did and didn’t enjoy.

First and foremost – and my favorite aspect – is the setting in the woods. Yes, that type of setting has been done a million times in horror films before, but I find that when it’s done well, it still works. In the case of The Cabin in the Woods it really works in my view. I enjoyed the atmosphere immensely, and the whole time the group of friends are in the woods feels like one big tribute to other horror films from the past i.e. The Evil Dead. I thought the film makers captured the setting, feel and atmosphere perfectly.

The enemies that the characters encounter in the woods were extremely well done and a joy to watch. The stupidity of the characters added to the humor element that was evident throughout the entire film. One scene in particular was very odd and well done when there is a make-out scene involving a wolf’s head. The audience held their breath during that one.

The part of the film that I had a difficult time with was the aspect of there being technology involved with hidden cameras and people behind the scenes using these young characters as puppets. At first it seems like the purpose of this is for some type of sick, perverse game, but we find out later on in the movie the real reason behind this supposed madness.

The final half hour of carnage in this movie is some of the most entertaining and enjoyable piece of action I have seen in a horror film in some time. The ending was fairly satisfying and unexpected.

The Cabin in the Woods is a movie I had some mixed feelings about, but now looking back on it, I realize just what an entertaining experience it really was. I will definitely watch this at least a couple more times in the future. I think it has the potential many years from now to be considered a horror classic. I highly recommend it.


Your comments and opinions are welcome.

Stay tuned for my next entry which will be a book review…Gregory Lamberson’s CARNAGE ROAD novella – a quick and intense zombie tale.


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5 Responses to Movie Review: The Cabin in the Woods

  1. Just got back from seeing this enjoyable film and I plan to write my own feelings as well, but they so closely mirror your own I might just reblog it and be done with it.

  2. sanclementejedi says:

    I enjoyed this but was not as blown away as some people. To me it seemed to go off the rails a bit at the end. Also I had recently seen Tucker and Dale vs Evil so that might of had something to do with my feelings toward this film.

    o and I enjoyed checking out your blog. 🙂

  3. PD James says:

    The movie is a prime example of gfreat idea with a miserable execution. Poorly plotted, filmed in an obscure and dark manner, with an audio designated to leave you asking what did they say. I could barely sit through this time waster. You feel zero for the characters and end the movie asking yourself if you had a better time at the dentist’s office.

    This is what the horror industry has become. Listless, dull, uninspired.

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