Sep 182012
 


The Cabin in the Woods releases on DVD and BluRay on Tuesday September 18 and if you think this is just another teen slasher flick, well you are wrong.  The movie, co-written by Joss Whedon, is definitely a slasher style film but it also a comedy and probably not what you expected from the trailer.  I know I was surprised.

The basic plot of the story is about five college-aged friends who take a trip to a remote cabin for a vacation.  Unfortunately like many horror films, bad things happen to the kids and one by one they fall victim to a horrible fate.  Well, sort of.

**Spoiler alert – if you don’t want to know don’t keep reading**

The truth about the cabin and what happens has to do with a group of workers in the US who bring five young adults to this site every year for this sacrifice to appease the “Ancient Ones”.  It is never known exactly what these creatures are but if they don’t get their sacrifice, they will destroy the Earth.  This isn’t the only one which takes place, there are others around the world, and at least one must be successful for the “Ancient Ones” to stay asleep.

There are technicians who control the environment of the cabin to make sure the kids eventually head into the basement and choose an item to bring forth their doom.  All the workers at the facility, which plans and controls this yearly event, place bids on which evil will be the “winner” (here’s where some of the comedy comes in).  The one which is chosen resurrects a redneck zombie family.  In order for this scenario to work, the kids must die in a certain order as they embody specific archetypes the “Ancient Ones” want, although none necessarily are exactly what their archetype is.  In order they are: the Whore, the Athlete, the Scholar, the Fool, and the Virgin.  Interestingly enough the Virgin can survive and not awaken the baddies below but she must fight for that “privilege”.

**End of Spoiler alert**

As a Joss film, it should be no surprise that some familiar faces show up in the film from past TV shows.  Fran Kranz from Dollhouse and Amy Acker, who is from Angel and Dollhouse, are major characters in this comedy horror flick.  There is another major star that makes a cameo, but I won’t spoil that surprise for you.

So if you want to see a movie that will make you laugh and scream all at once, pick up a copy of Cabin in the Woods.  I promise you will enjoy the humor and horror this movie has to offer.  Just make sure you pay attention to the chaos at the end.


Diane Brunner
I have been a gamer for over 20 years. My preference is RPG, fighter, action, adventure, defense, and strategy although I will play just about anything. I also prefer console to PC gaming. Depending on what interests me, I watch TV and movies. Some things every week or when its new and others as they catch my fancy. Here I prefer dramas, fantasy, sci-fi, and action. I also am an avid reader and writer.
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  • RonaldSmith

    I’m still on the fence about this movie.  I watched it with my fiance, and while it was somewhat entertaining due to the humor and rare instance of suspense, neither of us could get over the whole staged effect of the film.  I don’t refer to the premise of the film, but rather Joss’ signature style, which feels way too campy for a modern-day movie.  While we were cheering for Marty often, the movie just completely lacked actual flavor and felt totally rushed.  Joss also has this knack for picking the totally wrong people for their parts, such as Chris Hemsworth playing Curt.  The dude played Thor and George Kirk before this, and then we get “Curt” and finally push him back into the role of “The Huntsman” in Snow White and the Huntsman?
     
    It doesn’t mesh well at all, especially having him play a huge douchebag of a jock.  The ball, for me, was dropped and picked back up repeatedly in this film, and that’s not a good thing.  I would honestly watch Drag Me To Hell again before this one, and even that movie kind of bores me.  Oh, and the “ancient ones” that they are referring to in this movie, are the Leviathans.  If you don’t already know, it can take some research, but I’ve already been doing my homework on such things for years now :)
     
    I do have to say that this brief review is pretty decent though.  Any chance on an updated version which covers special features and such on the discs?

    • HollyAB

       @RonaldSmith
       Chris Hemsworth actually played Curt before he played Thor.  In fact Joss Whedon liked working with him so much, He talked Brannaugh (sp?) into giving him another audition for Thor.  His character wasn’t actually a douche bag.  He was more of a scholar than a Jock, but he was being drugged into fitting the role of the Athlete for the ritual.  I mean the “Virgin” had just finished an affair with her professor, the “whore” was a girl who only had sex with her boyfriend, the “scholar” had the “best hands” on the football team and the “fool” was the one who figured out they were all being manipulated.  I think Chris Hemsworth was great here.  I didn’t see Thor or George Kirk (who was in the movie for five minutes at all.  It’s the mark of a good actor.

      • RonaldSmith

         @HollyAB Chris was cast for both Thor and Curt in the same time frame and was the only person ever considered for Thor’s role.  While actual photography was done on TCITW before Thor, both movies were fully cast within roughly weeks of each other and the only reason Whedon wanted Chris playing Thor anyway, was because he was already hired to direct The Avengers and wanted a familiar face in the role, so that he could then use that to boost TCITW’s profits.  And as far as what I was saying in regards to the roles he’s played, I was referring to when the movies were actually released, not when they were cast/filmed.  We saw him as George Kirk first (and any Star Trek fan sees the significance, no matter how short his part was, in that very component of the film and respects it).  he played the jock (athlete) role, they even say so in the movie.  The scholar was Holden McCrea, played by Jesse Williams, not Curt (Chris Hemsworth), and yes, he was a douchebag.Clearly we did not watch the same movie.I will always be wary of a movie that was written completely within 3 days’ time, by 2 people, and especially ones who have an insane idea that they will single-handedly “revamp” a supposedly (but not realistically) dying genre.  In fact, with crap like the last few films & TV shows that Whedon’s touched, I’m honestly surprised that any of it is remotely successful.  The man has more an affinity for killing things off from lack of quality than he does at success.  Heck, every TV show he’s ever done has been prematurely canceled due to crap quality.  His biggest accomplishment in TV is the Buffy series, and then he failed miserably with the Angel spinoff (which had so much more potential than he allowed it to have).
         
        In movies, his biggest accomplishment is the cult fave movie Buffy The Vampire Slayer, which he wrote but had nothing else to do with, until later on when he decided to make the TV series that was very loosely based on the film’s script.  My point is that Joss Whedon can’t write quality to save his life, so it’s no surprise that this movie is still very unsuccessful, but honestly he doesn’t even care because he’s making more from directing the Avengers movies.  Sadly he’s also trying to bring out a show called S.H.I.E.L.D., which he’s spinning off from the Avengers movies, and of course it will be another huge flop, if it even makes it to broadcast.
         
        While this movie is a decent “time waster” flick, it’s far from even coming close to the hype that they projected it to be, and that’s unfortunately a big problem that Whedon has, is that he over-hypes all of his stuff and creates a large crowd of disappointment amongst viewers, especially when they go and pay anywhere from $7.50 to $11.00 per ticket, for something that’s maybe worth half of that at best.  Respectable for the effort, but very disappointing for quality overall.  The genres that he’s trying to “revamp” are not even having trouble anyway, and all he’s doing is pushing his ego around and making false claims, trying to justify the garbage that he’s pushing to the market.  It’s like trying to sell candy bars in front of a grocery store, claiming that his 50 cent mark-up is justified because his candy is 1 day fresher than that on the store’s shelves, when in reality he’s just trying to rip people off.

        • http://www.dragonblogger.com/ Dragon Blogger

           @RonaldSmith  @HollyAB Honestly, I know a lot of people who lived Firefly and Serenity and I did enjoy Titan A.E. but can’t deny Avengers was one of my favorite movies in years.  The fact that it is the #3 movie of all time box office wise means that studio’s will continue to take chances on Joss Whedon and give him lots of free reign to make films, TV Shows and he probably can shrug off more than a few bombs after that kind of success.  I haven’t seen this movie though myself.

        • RonaldSmith

           @Dragon Blogger  I never look at box office statistics, simply because they’re artificial, or synthetic.  What I mean by that, is that they look at how much $$$ is being brought in, and completely ignore how many actual tickets are sold.  It’s an artificial way of saying what’s cool and what’s not.  When they start going by ticket sales, which is really what matters, then it would be worth looking at, but to this day I don’t believe that any movie has beaten Jaws for that one.
           
          On Joss though, if all of the movies he does in the future are just with him directing, then that might be okay, but the guy is horrible at production and scripting.  While I am a fan of Serenity and the Firefly series, he killed it with increasingly bad writing and early elimination of it’s hook and potential.  Even SyFy (Sci-Fi Channel back then) couldn’t save it, and that says a lot.  As for Titan A.E., he wrote the screenplay, but the credit goes to the producer(s) and the animation teams, because they make the magic happen.  Very rarely are movies even close to the screenplays any more anyway, but we’ll likely never see a copy of that one, so who knows how great or crappy his script was for it, lol.  That one’s kind of a toss-up.

        • http://www.dragonblogger.com/ Dragon Blogger

           @RonaldSmith You make a very good point on how one element bad can ruin a film, writing, producing, acting or directing and a film could be ruined, it takes a success of all to make a quality film.  I don’t typically like films based on box office results or even critics reviews, I am way less critical on movies myself which makes me a poor movie reviewer as I don’t see that many “bad movies”, some are better than others but generally I like almost all movies.