Thursday, April 11, 2013

Cabin in the Woods

One of the movie regrets I had in 2012 was that I didn't see "Cabin in the Woods" in the theater.  The film is the directorial debut for Drew Goddard as he partners with Joss Whedon on the screenplay that hits on the thriller and horror elements perfectly.  Drew Goddard is best known for writing "Cloverfield" and being involved with the TV show "Lost", which both contribute to the mystery element of telling a story. 

Five teenagers head off for a weekend at a secluded cabin in the woods. They arrive to find they are quite isolated with no means of communicating with the outside world. When the cellar door flings itself open, they of course go down to investigate. They find an odd assortment of relics and curios but when one of the women, Dana, reads from a book she awakens a family of deadly zombie killers. There's far more going on however than meets the eye as the five campers are all under observation.

Ritual sacrifice of five young people who embody certain archetypes: the Whore (Jules), the Athlete (Curt), the Scholar (Holden), the Fool (Marty), and the Virgin (Dana). The order in which they die does not matter, as long as the whore is first and the virgin is last, and her death is optional, as long as she suffers. 

Halfway through the film I was starting to get the feeling that this was going to become a series of films, but so glad that Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon lead us away from the horror film cliche and instead continued to deliver a creative story.  The character twists were consistent with what I expected, but the real twist is the story itself.  The acting wasn't terrible, but with actors like Chris Hemsworth and Richard Jenkins, I have come to expect more.  There was one aspect of the story that I wanted to see develop differently, which was the treatment of Mordecai (Tim DeZarn) the Harbinger.  I wanted to see him get revenge against Sitterson and Hadley.

Overall, I can highly recommend this film to everyone and even though it gets categorized as a horror film there is very little that is going to gross you out or make you cringe.  Easily worthy of being a 4 Quack film that the experience of the theater and audience reactions would have made it even better. 

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