The Cabin in the Woods is an entertaining spin on the traditional or clichéd horror film. From writers Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard, need I say more, this is not a film that anyone, especially horror fans, should pass up. It is difficult to describe the plot without spoiling the surprises that are in store, so I’ll leave it at this. In The Cabin in the Woods, five college types and their RV visit a remote cabin for a vacation of freedom and relaxation. They are stock characters: Jules (Anna Hutchinson) the “morally questionable” coed; Curt (Chris Hemsworth), the jock; Marty (Fran Kranz), the chronic stoner; and Dana (Kristen Connolly), the nerdy good girl. From the trailer you that events take a turn and two “behind-the-scenes” men begin orchestrating the gory events to take place. I really can not go deeper into the plot without placing mass spoilers. Just know that this is Joss Whedon and the movie poster tells it all “You think you know the story…” For those who do not understand what that means watch the film to find out.
The Cabin in the Woods uses elements from multiple genres and no element ever seems out-of-place or overpowering in the film. You are giving the horror and fear when needed, and the movie delivers some of the funniest, yes there is comedy, dialogue and references to other horror classics that I’ve seen in a while. Joss Whedon has always had that the talent to take such diverse characters and make them click together. You can have great writing and great moments but you need an equally great cast to deliver these lines, and this film does not disappoint in that area either. Going into this I had only heard of two of the main actors; Chris Hemsworth from Thor and Fran Kranz (who stole the show) from Joss Whedon’s short-lived series Dollhouse. All the actors are fantastic throughout the film, they are all able to keep to their clichéd characters and deliver the moments set-up by Whedon and Goddard. I would love to talk about some of these moments but I refuse to spoil any details.
This is all-around a fun and unpredictable movie. I was a bit worried going into this with how long the film stayed in post-production but the result was nothing less than spectacular. While I did have I few issues with the movie (again things I can’t talk about) they were tiny and few and far between. This is Joss Whedon at his finest and as Drew Goddards first directing gig I can’t wait to see what he does in the future. Any horror movie fan, Joss Whedon fan, or movie-goer needs to see this movie period. You will leave the theatre with a smile on your face and a DVD or Blu-ray you can’t wait to purchase. For myself, I’m going back to watch it again after my exams.
Final Score 9.5/10