Drew Goddard’s The Cabin in the Woods is everything that you’ve heard and more. It’s a genre-bending masterpiece that will be the blueprint for many films to come. Calling The Cabin in the Woods revolutionary still doesn’t feel it’s getting its proper due, because it’s clever and twisted, while at the same time remaining faithful to both the horror and comedy genres. If there’s one film that you need to take a trip to the cinema for it’s The Cabin in the Woods. It deserves your full-priced ticket and I’m willing to bet you’ll be seeing it again and again.
Dana (Kristen Connolly), Curt (Chris Hemsworth), Jules (Anna Hutchison), Marty (Frans Kranz) and Holden (Jesse Williams) are just a bunch of typical students looking for a weekend getaway. Curt’s cousin has a cabin in the woods that sounds like a fun way to party with your friends, so they pack up the van and head down the road.
They stop for some gas and directions and a mysterious character named Mordecai (Tim De Zarn) warns them that most people don’t return from where they’re going. But they don’t want to listen to a boring old war vet, so they rudely ignore him and continue down the designated path.
What follows is one of the single most impressive mash ups of genres. To spoil anymore of The Cabin in the Woods would be robbing you of everything that makes it so special; its ability to constantly surprise you around every corner. I know that most films pride themselves on their twists and turns, but The Cabin in the Woods puts a whole new definition on the word twist.
It’s a fresh take on multiple staple ideas that helped sculpt the horror genre. It both pokes fun at character stereotypes while building them and evolving them to the next generation. The Cabin in the Woods is the evolution of the horror genre and more importantly the evolution of storytelling.
Director Drew Goddard and his buddy/co-writer Joss Whedon (director behind the upcoming mega-hit The Avengers) have made something extremely rare and unique. Cabin is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before.
Watching the film unfold in front of my very eyes gave me goose bumps. It reminded me of the first time I watched a combination of the following movies: A Nightmare on Elm Street, Night of the Living Dead, Inception, Scream, Pulp Fiction and many more films. I know those films might sound random, but it’s just the feeling of watching a game-changer. They’re not all connected to Cabin, but it’s just the general feeling of shitting your pants while crying tears of joy simultaneously.
The Cabin in the Woods isn’t just another snarky self-aware horror film that makes fun of past attempts while ultimately ending up just like the rest of them. Oh no; The Cabin in the Woods is written with first-class attention to detail. It combines everything that a fanboy hopes and dreams for while also providing more than enough entertainment for the common horror goers.
Have you ever watched a film and thought in your head about the things you’d like to change to make the movie better? The Cabin in the Woods is the answer to all of those ideas that you’ve kept hidden in the back of your head. It fully employs those secrets that you’ve wanted to see come to life. Drew Goddard pays tribute to the age-old genre while providing the jumper-cables to shock life back into the dying genre. There’s plenty of bloody fun left in horror and I’d like to believe that Goddard and Whedon have only tapped the surface. I dare another filmmaker to try and elevate the game even higher, because Goddard and Whedon have raised the bar to a possibly unreachable mark.
The Cabin in the Woods is an exciting movie that’ll make you want to return for at least two more viewings. I’m highly anticipating my second viewing and I can’t wait to show it to more and more friends. I hope you’ll join me.
The Cabin in the Woods – 10/10