‘The Cabin in the Woods’ is a difficult movie to review. It’s almost impossible to talk about it without spoiling something import. Instead of describing the plot, I’m going to emphasize how much you should just take the leap of faith and get out there to see it.
If you’ve seen the trailer for ‘Cabin in the Woods,’ you know that a group of college-age kids head to an ‘Evil Dead‘-ish cabin for the weekend. Of course, something in the woods is trying to kill them.
What ‘Cabin in the Woods’ pulls off will forever change the way you look at horror movies – not only those to come, but those that you already know. It sets up a model that you can apply to 90% of the horror genre, one that explains exactly where everything stupid happens in a horror movie – why the virgin is the central character, why the group always splits up, why someone always trips while being chased, and so on.
While the trailers haven’t alluded to it at all, ‘The Cabin in the Woods’ is also hilarious. It definitely falls into the horror comedy sub-genre. I laughed harder during ‘The Cabin in the Woods’ than I have in most recent comedies. It’s shocking to see what co-writers Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard are able to get away with – not as in R-rated content, but story content. Just when I thought the movie was about to end, a wild and unrestrained final act begins that is completely out of control. I don’t know which studio exec thought, “Hey, this might be a good idea,” and gave the film a green light, but I’m sure glad that someone did.
I don’t expect ‘The Cabin in the Woods’ to do much business at the box office, but I’ll be an instant cult classic. Those who heed the critical acclaim and give it a shot will be very, very glad they did.