Five college students opt for a weekend retreat to blow off some steam. What they get is more than they bargained for when they have to reveal the secret behind the Cabin in the Woods, or die trying.
It all starts off with five college friends heading to their families new cabin in the woods. This is where the film stops getting predictable, and starts becoming the most original horror film I have ever seen. Everything is all about choice; that is what the students are given. A basement filled with supernatural items each ready and willing to summon up a creature from our nightmares. What’s original about this film you ask? All the strings are being pulled by an organization dedicated to sacrificing humans.
Penned by sci-fi and TV legend Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard this film has plenty of scares, but what was the most terrifying is that it never panders to the traditional idea of a horror film. Main character Dana (Kristen Connolly) is the “virgin” who generally makes the right calls, except she doesn’t. Curt (Chris Hemsworth) is the jock, but really he’s on full academic scholarship. Jules (Anna Hutchison) is the blonde bimbo, except she’s pre med. Marty (Fran Kranz) is the Shaggy like stoner, whose use of pot actually makes him immune to the organizations chemicals and actually figures out what’s going on. Not to mention has the best comedic lines in the film. Holden (Jesse Williams) is pretty generic gentleman character who typically speaking would make it to the end of the film if we’re talking generic horror movie right? Well…..
The organization bent on killing the students makes it seem very business casual, and even eludes that there are several chapters all over the world. If you’re a fan of Joss Whedon’s shows keep an eye out for vets like Amy Acker, and Tom Lenke. Things go smoothly until some of the students figure out what’s really going on. If they survive it will have dire ramifications on the entire world. Thrust into the belly of the beast, the surviving students find out the horrible truth. If they survive, they face upper management, and that’s something no one is ready for.
Immediately after viewing this film I smiled, as a screen writer myself I’ve always dreamed of creating the perfect horror movie. It just looks like Joss Whedon and company beat me to it.
5 Geekly Glasses out of 5
Horror, Suspense, Comedy, Action, Mystery and Suspense, Science Fiction and Fantasy.
Directed by: Drew Goddard
Written by: Joss Whedon, Drew Goddard
Release Date:13 April 2012 (USA)
Opening Weekend:$14,743,614 (USA)