Alrighty dighty, time for another movie review. This one’s for Cabin in the Woods. Yeah, it’s been out for a while, but sometimes I don’t see things right away. I know. It’s astonishing, right? For me, part of the reason was I just wasn’t that interested in seeing this film, so I waited until a cheap night, two weeks after it opened. I was a little worried because all my hipster Toronto friends loved it, which sadly makes me wary. It really shouldn’t, but I don’t always trust hipsters. They’re like leprechauns. Anyways, I wanted something to watch and since the biggest new movies last week were The Lucky One and Think Like a Man and I’d rather cut off my own dick with a rusty saw than suffer through either of them, I figured why not go see Cabin in the Woods? And guess what? I really liked it.
Cabin in the Woods is the ultimate spin on well, cabin in the woods movies, from the slightly-overrated, if mildly-entertaining mind of Joss Whedon, and some guy named Drew Goddard, who also directed the movie, who no one will ever give two shits about, because his name is next to Joss Whedon’s. Just like how I constantly have to correct people who think Tim Burton directed the Nightmare Before Christmas. He didn’t. Henry Selick did. Henry who? Exactly.
Anyways, the film is about five kids, three guys and two girls, who travel in a camper to one of the guy’s cousin’s cabin in the middle of butt-fuck, nowhere. Sound familiar? That’s because it’s the plot of every lame teen horror movie ever made. However, that’s the whole point. Whedon (and that other guy) wanted to make a movie that not only coincides with horror movie clichés, but explains why they exist. Without giving too much away, there’s a much more sinister plot at work and the five kids are merely puppets in a darker game that involves a TV studio run by Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford. Having two of my favourite character actors ever in this movie really didn’t hurt either. There’s even a surprise guest-appearance by another horror great at the end, but again, I’m not going to give it away for those who haven’t seen it.
Cabin in the Woods provides a pretty solid (and entertaining) excuse that actually does explain away these types of movies as being part of a bigger picture. Though maybe not the bigger picture I had in mind at the beginning of the movie, it was still fun none-the-less. The film clearly takes a goofy, unrealistic stance and gets really ridiculous at times, but that’s not entirely a bad thing. The moments where things do get serious are usually deliberately ruined by jokes to hilarious effect and the film balances the line of comedy and intensity like all good slasher movies should. I’m actually glad it took this route. Cabin in the Woods could have gotten really serious really easily, but I don’t think that would have been to its benefit. That’s clearly not Whedon’s style either. (And possibly not the other guy’s too. What was his name again?) As it stands, The Cabin in the Woods is a blast to watch. This movie is a joy-ride in all the best ways. Yeah, it gets progressively more ludicrous as it goes, but I didn’t care because I was having so much fun and barely hanging on to the edge of my seat.
So, if you get the chance, give this movie a go, even if you don’t like this type of horror movie. If you can stomach gore and a little nudity, it’s really a good time. I’m legitimately looking forward to seeing this one again sometime.