Suspension of Disbelief: The Cabin in the Woods
Where to even start with this… you all need to go and see this movie. Quickly. GO.
This is the first movie I’m reviewing that I’m actually worried about spoiling it for people so anything that will spoil the movie will be blacked out. Like this The first one of the blackouts gives like EVERYTHING away… so please please please if you intend to see the movie do NOT read it. This movie is best watched with a blank slate.
Horror films used to be my favourite genre of film but they’ve all gotten really cheap and repetitive but this one completely redid the concept of a modern horror film. If you think you know what is going to happen in this movie – you’re probably wrong.
Title: The Cabin in the Woods
Director: Drew Goddard
Writer: Joss Whedon, Drew Goddard
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Kristen Connolly, Fran Kranz (Topher!), Jesse Williams and Anna Hutchison
It’s no secret that I 1) am a Joss Whedon fan girl and 2) have a serious Chris Hemsworth obsession. So of course I went to the first showing of The Cabin in the Woods last Friday. I was a bit concerned because I looked a little bit like a Saw movie but I gave Joss the benefit of the doubt and went in pretty excited.
The premise of the movie is absolutely amazing. It’s about a bunch of teenagers going to a cabin that is off the grid in the middle of the woods. Each of the characters represents one of the stereotypical kind of people that are in these movies. *Except we find out that their personalities are being “guided” by an organization that is setting them up to be killed as a sacrifice for the old Gods.*
What ensues at the cabin is scary and gory fun as the teens are picked off one by one. It’s not the cabin story that makes this movie so great; it’s all the other stuff going on beyond the cabin that makes it so incredibly awesome.
The ending is so perfect for this kind of movie. Far too often movies try and take themselves too seriously but this one just goes all the way.
It is a unique reinterpretation of a genre of film that has followed a pre-set formula for far too long. Horror films these days have gotten so predictable and mundane. The premise and ending of this movie is impossible to guess.
*All the really freaking awesome nightmares that are caged up. My eyes were completely glued to the screen for the last half of this movie. All the creatures that are running around killing everyone!!! Amazing. And when they are in the glass box and you see some of the creatures up close? * So freaking scary and awesome.
The acting was incredibly well done, by everyone. I didn’t love the main girl but she was good enough. I was glad Chris Hemsworth was in this… I’ve been worried that he was going to be type-casted as Thor-esque characters for the rest of his career (like would only be seen in a Battle of the Titans or something) and while he played the buff jock his character went beyond that. He was pretty great (sort of related… I’m super stoked for Snow White and the Huntsman).
It was well written, well directed and I think will be a cult classic in no time. Just absolutely brilliant. It’s literally a horror movie within a horror movie within a horror movie. It is smart and keeps the audience engaged and guessing. And then when the big mystery is revealed you’re like “omg, awesome”.
Sometimes when movies like this are made it is too blatantly obvious that it’s making fun of the genre. This movie wasn’t like that at all. It was a horror film while taking the clichés of horror films and flipping them around and making the clichés and movie even better.
*Chris Hemsworth dies too soon 🙂 *
But really – that’s the only thing I wasn’t a huge fan of. Everything else was perfectly put together. I wish I could gush more and more about this film but I seriously don’t want to give anything away. I just want everyone to go and see it.
And if I haven't convinced you yet – here is a quote from Chris Hemsworth on working with Joss and Drew:
Both are kind of geniuses in their knowledge of film, ideas for shots, stories. Their creativity is amazing, they’re constantly buzzing. Every take they get so excited as well, I love it, they would be like, “This could be the best take! I love my job! I love this film!” That enthusiasm is great. It keeps you moving forward and feeling good about yourself and what your doing. Also, I worked with J.J. Abrams on ‘Star Trek,’ and I’d known they were buddies before this movie. I said to Drew, “I can tell you guys are friends, you have the same style and humour and energy.”
I'm giving this movie 6/5 scary Japanese exorcist kids. Yes… more than perfect. GO NOW.
Image cred and quote: Flicks and Bits