At first glance from previews and posters, The Cabin in the Woods seems to be your typical horror movie. Five college students plan a fun weekend getaway at an old remote cabin. We have Curt (Chris Hemsworth), the tough guy with his girlfriend, Jules (Anna Hutchison), who just dyed her hair blonde and is up for all kinds of fun. Then there is Dana (Kristen Connolly), who may or may not fall for the kind and intelligent Holden (Jesse Williams). And then there is Marty (Fran Kranz), the wisecracking stoner. What a perfect ensemble for a night of terror.
The cabin quickly becomes another character. From the outside, it is old, dark and not at all inviting. Inside is no different, with a snarling wolf’s head mounted on the wall. Strange and fascinating discoveries are made. Behind a disturbing painting is a one-way mirror looking into the adjacent bedroom. And when the cellar mysteriously opens, there is a wide range of curious artifacts. But the cabin holds more surprises than they, or we, can imagine.
Before I give away any spoilers, let me recommend this film to anyone seeking out a good movie that puts a modern twist on the traditional horror film. I don’t want to ruin the surprise for anyone, because this film is so much more fun when you discover its true agenda in due time. If you haven’t seen this film yet, stop reading now.
Okay, they gone? ***SPOILER ALERT TIME!*** In The Cabin in the Woods, it seems that all supernatural deaths are actually carefully arranged ritual sacrifices to keep ancient, malevolent gods at bay. Who knew!? While this sort of thing sounds like it would be orchestrated by some archaic religious group, it’s actually run in a huge industrial complex by average-Joe office workers. They watch every move in the cabin through cameras. To make things go smoothly, they release nerve gas and other things that help their lambs for slaughter make poor decisions, like they would in a horror movie.
Even better, is that there seems to be a lot at stake with this latest operation. This makes the workers on edge, though they are still at ease enough to place bets. We enjoy how the workers celebrate each death like a triumph and even get a little worried when things don’t go as planned. We get hints and clues along the way, but I can’t bring myself to spoil that fun for you rebels who read further than you were told to.
For any horror fan, The Cabin in the Woods is a fun, modern must see film. I cannot recommend it enough. Happy Halloween, and pleasant nightmares!
“Cleanse them. Cleanse the world of their ignorance and sin. Bathe them in the crimson of…. Am I on speakerphone?”