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The Cabin in the Woods Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard team up for this bloody horror satire that offers an inventive twist on the familiar stranded-in-the-woods sub-genre. As five friends pile into an RV bound for a secluded cabin far from civilization, the operators of a mysterious, high-tech control room monitor their every move while preparing an arcane ritual that dates back to the beginning of time. Shortly after arriving at the rickety cottage, Dana (Kristen Connolly) and her friends Curt (Chris Hemsworth), Jules (Anna Hutchison), Marty (Fran Kranz), and Holden (Jesse Willaims) venture into the basement and discover a little girl's diary from the early 1900s -- which recounts a series of horrifying events that unfolded precisely where the vacationing teens how stand. Before long, the nightmare comes knocking at the door -- murder gleaming from its putrid eyes and a rusty saw clenched in rotting hands. In the control room, everything is going exactly according to plan; Sitterson (Richard Jenkins) and Hadley (Bradley Whitford) are taking bets, and their supervisor Lin (Amy Acker) is monitoring every detail. But just when it looks like the show is over, an unexpected glitch threatens to topple the entire system., Rovi
Posted by: SaintDevilish from: on
Don't ignore everything you've heard about this movie! It is that good, worth buying before even seeing it.
46 out of 55 found this review helpful.
A horror fan's delight!
Posted by: TheProjectionist from: Delaware on
Sometimes a film comes along with an idea so obvious, yet so genius, that we the audience have to ask ourselves, "how did know one think of this before?" Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon are able to craft quite possibly one of the most beautifully meta-horror films to ever be released, and any fan of the horror genre will simply be in awe of the scope of this movie. Sometimes a genre of film needs to step back, take a look at itself and just laugh, and this is exactly what Cabin in the Woods does for the audience. It bears mentioning that there are a few plot holes towards the end of this film, yet the screenplay as a whole is solid enough to forgive these mistakes. A must-see for any self-proclaimed horror fan!
27 out of 34 found this review helpful.
Slow burner with fun payoff!
Posted by: Jerrs from: Bay Area, CA on
First off, don't expect this to be a horror movie. Yes, it has some horror elements, but it's actually more of a sci-fi/comedy flick. There are a few jump scares, but nothing which would actually frighten an adult. Think of it more along the lines of the film 'Serenity.' A good sci-fi movie with a lot of comedic dialogue, some tragedy and a few startles. 'Cabin' does start pretty slow, but the climax of the film made it worth the wait for me and actually made me appreciate the entirety of the film once I re-watched it. Give it a chance and go into it with an open mind.
21 out of 28 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Treydle from: Saratoga Springs, NY on
If you’ve ever watched a horror movie, you’ve seen characters headed for their doom after making an obvious mistake and asked yourself, ‘how could they be so stupid?’ What if your job depended on that very stupidity? Better yet, what if the world as we knew it depended on that stupidity?
Five college students, Dana (played by Kristen Connolly), Curt (played by Thor himself Chris Hemsworth), Jules (played by Anna Hutchison), Marty (played by Fran Kranz) and Holden (played by Grey’s Anatomy’s Jesse Williams) are all packed and ready for some much needed rest and relaxation in a remote cabin in the woods (I know, the title was no help in predicting that). Separately, two men in a corporate facility whose nature is not fully explained are gearing up for a series of operations taking place worldwide and one happening domestically that determines the future of their employment. While en route to their secluded cabin, our college students stop for gas and are more than moderately spooked by the station attendant who tells them that tragedies have befallen more than one of the previous owners. Still they press on and the attendant, Mordecai (played by Tim de Zarn) relays that to the two men in the corporate facility (played by Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford) while they laugh at the man’s ghoulish demeanor which he maintains long after the collegians depart.
There’s a good deal more to this story, but to reveal any more would give away too much. What I can tell you is that I enjoyed this movie immensely. The relatively unknown cast members serve their purpose and the more accomplished professionals, namely Whitford, Jenkins, and a largely unseen Sigourney Weaver add an entirely different dimension to a film that might otherwise be cookie-cutter from its inception. If you enjoy horror or enjoy a good parody, you will enjoy The Cabin the Woods.
15 out of 21 found this review helpful.
Posted by: ninjitsu from: on
This movie does a great job at being a parody of the horror film genre while at the same time, remaining somewhat of a horror film. This is the movie behind all the other horror movies.
6 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Unique and scary
Posted by: Horror1 from: Anaheim, ca on
Well done film with lots of twist and turns. It has humor and gore all in one movie. Liked everything about it.
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Posted by: dinosaurunicorn5654321 from: Boston, MA on
This is really more than a Horror movie. It is a satire of all teeny bopper horror flicks and the slasher films of the 80s, which makes it a brilliant but misunderstood film. Joss Whedon (The Avengers) is the mind behind this one, so you know it will entertain. It has one of the greatest and most entertaining scenes I have ever seen towards the end of the film, great for horror fans.
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Smart and Funny Horror Film
Posted by: KristenB from: on
The Cabin in the Woods brings humor and intelligence to the horror genre. Well written and acted, the movie sucks you in with the opening sequence and holds it until the end. Going into this movie without much knowledge of the plot, as I did, made it a fun movie-watching experience. One of my favorite movies in recent years.
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Best horror movie of the year
Posted by: cuddlybunny from: Woodstock, VT on
We went into this with absolutely no idea what to expect. By the time it was over, Mom and I determined that we had to show this to our friends (both of whom HATE horror.) After showing them, we had a great discussion about who would be what of the five. It's an awesome movie and anyone who likes Joss Whedon, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Chris Hemsworth, Marvel's Thor or Avengers will really enjoy it.
2 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Best horror/thriller in at least a decade.
Posted by: Spectre666 from: San Diego, CA on
One of the best movies bar-none that I have seen in recent years. Completely rewrites horror movie convention while still keeping the cult-comedy humor and style. I rented this not expecting much based on the box art and trailers. Finished it and within a day bought it here at Best Buy.