“Cabin in the Woods” Review

Leave it to Joss Whedon to give you something so fantastically, outrageously out of this world.

From the same man who graced audiences with “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Firefly” and “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” comes his newest cinematic treat, “The Cabin in the Woods.”

Directed by Drew Goddard (who makes his directorial debut but is known for penning 2008’s “Cloverfield” as well as producing several episodes of “Lost,” “Buffy” and “Angel”), the horror-comedy-thriller tells the tale of five college-aged friends who decide to take a trip to a cabin in the woods (get it?) for the weekend.

However, this cabin is no ordinary cabin, as the group discovers quickly after the movie is introduced. Instead, there is an unknown force behind the actions and reactions of certain events, which is revealed in a separate story arc.

For my geeky friends out there, it is very a la “Betrayal at House on the Hill” (the board game).

This movie definitely follows under that category of “Whedon-esque.” It is so over the top but relies on familiar themes to where it can be believable…at least at certain points (definitely not the ending).

(FUN FACT: This movie was shot in 2009, making it Chris Hemsworth’s pre-Thor/Avengers/Snow White and the Hunstman cinematic explosion (also, does anyone else believe that he just looks like Thor in the Snow White trailer?))

At times you will jump. At most points, though, you will be laughing your ass off. The trailer builds it up to be much creepier than it actually is, but that’s the point of a trailer.

It’s a parody of horror movies throughout Hollywood today – the use of insane plot twists and unbelievable death sequences, but so brilliantly told throughout the 105-minute movie.

Though rated-R for strong bloody horror violence and gore, language, drug use and some sexuality/nudity, it is well worth your money and I highly recommend it.


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