Movie Review – The Cabin in the Woods

Posted: June 16, 2013 in Movie Reviews
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The Cabin in the Woods is a desperate attempt by Drew Goddard to revamp the slasher/zombie culture back to being. Goddard almost succeeds with it but the way serious comedy is handled here it’s confusing. At many places it tests our intelligence and leaves us confused to whether laugh for the scene or to get shocked. But good thing is we can watch it either way. I chose to watch it the second way and it disappointed me so.


We see two scientists talking and talking from which we could get nothing. On the other hand there is group of three guys and two girls who head for a party on an estranged island so that they can have fun. A typical ‘Evil Dead’ setup. Like every horror flick they start playing truth or dare. People who’ve not been there and done that don’t understand the pleasure of playing that game. It’s a good old way to break ice. As it’s an R-rated version of the game we get to see some sexual dramas there. Sex sells definitely. The best looking lady of the gang Jules Louden (Anna Hutchison) does perform well in those few minutes. But contrary to what you expect in a horror flick you see the best chick dying first. A welcome change which I don’t approve, if the movie bores me I would better have a good distraction.

Of the five people who go there the guy who impressed me more is the marijuana smoking Marty (Fran Kranz) and rightly so. But as a guy who doesn’t seem to have any substantial reason for existence he is the one targeted after Louden’s death. The thor dude (Chris Hemsworth) dies most sympathetically trying to prove to the world that he could do stunts. Left is the pair of Dana Polk (Kristen Connolly) and Holden (Jesse Williams). The latter soon dies by one of the artificially triggered zombies. Left is only Dana but that’s when our hero Marty arrives from the dunes. Boy! How happy I was. Nice little joke there when the scientists say that he’s getting immune to their drugs because of his marijuana habit.

Till this the movie kind of engages us though what we see has been seen by us numerous times already. The tribute part works well to a certain extent till this part. Once they get into the scientists place the real confusion starts, it makes us to sit up and watch with eagerness but the whole concept of numerous manipulated creatures coming out and sucking blood out of people didn’t garner my taste. It left me stranded somewhere in the empty road looking out which way to travel. I tried to focus and set my mind on a specific track but couldn’t.

If that was not enough the five creatures for which these people are killed and the logic behind it was blasphemy. May be it was supposed to be blasphemous but someone coming out of the blue and explaining the logic of killing people of the category the Whore (Jules), the Athlete (Curt), the Scholar (Holden), the Fool (Marty), and the Virgin (Dana) to satisfying the thirst of gods lying beneath was just unacceptable for me. Here too quite incidentally like Shaun of the Dead a joint is shared between two people before their death.

The good part about the movie was the director didn’t mince with the story he was sure of what he was doing but just before the last few minutes the graphics work spoiled the fun. Only those explanations and overtly clever dialogues could have been cut off to make the film even more fun but most of it seems to be self dig. Again something we can’t be so sure. As said earlier only the makers would know what the real intention is, to make the fan boys think or to break into pieces and laugh for it. Whatever it is it remains as a failed experiment 


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