The Cabin in the Woods (2012): Horror Fans, Just Go See It

Over the weekend, I untied the hostage, doped him up a suitable amount, and took him out to see The Cabin in the Woods (2012). Good decision, and totally worth the extra Ativan.

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Like most reviewers, I’m not going to tell you anything about the movie, because this film is best approached knowing as little as possible. That’s not to say it’s one of those idiotic films where every 10 minutes, there’s a twist that invalidates everything that came before (The Recruit, I’m looking at you); it’s just an unexpected story that proceeds in unexpected ways. And I LOVE unexpected. The Cabin in the Woods is an exceedingly clever, funny, and sometimes very scary criticism of modern horror films (particularly modern American horror). And beyond making a point, it’s just dang entertaining. The more familiar one is with horror movie tropes, the more one will get from it. Basically, this is a film every fan of horror needs to check out. Goddard and Whedon hit one out of the park here. I haven’t seen a film so knowledgeable about horror since… Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, but no one saw that brilliant movie either.

Seriously horror fans – what are you watching? I blame everyone but me for Saws 3 through 18. You know, if we go support movies like The Cabin in the Woods and Tucker and Dale, maybe studios will start making more smart horror – and that’s not an oxymoron, despite what the people at Platinum Dunes want you to believe.

Go see this movie. That’s an order. From someone with no authority (le sigh). Until next time,

K

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~ by K. Harker on April 22, 2012.

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