Movie of the Day – The Cabin In The Woods


Man, I couldn’t even begin to tell you how floored I was by this movie when I saw it many months ago.  I am not the biggest horror movie fan out there, but what this movie managed to do was make a satire of horror movies while still delivering all  things we  have come to associate with the genre.  If you haven’t seen the movie, I suggest seeing this before reading my little musings and full linked review.  It works best when I don’t spoil the whole premise of the movie.  SO GO NOW!

Cabin In The Woods is a brilliant parody/homage/satire/genre film.  As a passive horror fan, not the hardcore variety, I loved the inventive nature of the film with it’s familiar tropes and over the top violence.  Everything about the movie is culled from horror movies before it, using them as a template for familiarity, but also as a means to setup the quirky nature that the film conveys.  The film is a send-up to other horror movies as everything in the movie is a reference to those often used tropes that make my eyes roll into the back of my head.  The title of the film is a lovely little play on the often used plot setting of that innocent and innocuous cabin nestled neatly in deep woods of a remote area.  The wild and crazy teens who party hard, fuck, drink, smoke and all fit a particular characterization.  The devices that they discover to herald the coming of their doom and even the grotesque display of blood and gore is just reminiscent of torture porn.  It’s all blended together in a macabre film that sneakily mixes it in with the playfully funny movie.

The premise of the is even fun, where all these monsters, deaths, and setup is just a formulaic television show controlled by people who are cavalier with the lives of those that are being sacrificed.  But it’s also the fact that the live feed show is a construct of pick and choose tropes and plots and villains, that you can’t help but think it’s a prod at the cookie cutter nature of horror movies.

All of this produces some of the most entertaining horror moments I have had the chance to see.  It’s stunning execution of a serious movie that parodies/homages/satirizes the genre it is in with a smirk and laugh.  If you have seen it, then you know what I am talking about.  I would easily place this in my top ten films of the year just for execution.

Below is an excerpt of my review with a full link.

The film is amazing, the sort of tongue and cheek spoof of a genre that actually plays it straight and ends up being amazing in the process.  The notion that horror movies are formulaic is played out in front of our eyes, from the setting of the cabin to the choice of monsters that will end your life.  It is fantastic to see the little odes to other horror movies and familiar villains that populate our nightmares.  From killer unicorns, scary ghost children and the old favorite, zombies, The Cabin in the Woods brings them together to unleash their collective terror upon the cast and people of the audience.  But it isn’t just the monsters that are familiar, it is the gratifying scares and kills that make this film complete.  Whedon and Goddard take the care that is required to keep this film from becoming a spoof of the genre and a scare filled horror movie.  One that should be honored by all the die hard fans of horror movies and cherished like the last breathe you have before the killer delivers the final blow.  Full review here





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I am just another blogger putting his thoughts into a website. My love is movies so most of my musings will be movie related. I work as an online marketer for an advertising company and when I am not earning a paycheck, I moonlight as a vigilante film blogger.

6 Responses to Movie of the Day – The Cabin In The Woods

  1. mistylayne says:

    I finally watched this and while I liked it, I did not love it like I thought it would. There were some great things here but also some not great things. It felt a lot like a Buffy episode (I even thought it was like 45 minutes long watching it, it seemed sooo short). I liked all the twists but yeah…I dunno…it was lacking something, I’m just not sure what.

    • Nick says:

      i think the movie did cram in too many of those winks to the audience moments. But then again I am more of a passing horror film fan that gets a bit tired of the same tropes being used as another plot device (HA! my site name), so when a movie like this lampoons them in a smart way, I love it.

      Thank the deity that someone else thought it felt a bit short. I was surprised by how quickly it all went, but that is a sign of how brisk and smartly assembled the movie was. Again I love quirk and satire a lot.

      • mistylayne says:

        I love quirk and satire too. 🙂 This felt much more like the sneaky kind though (I know that sounds weird because it was totally in your face and winky and maybe when I am not on percocet I will be able to explain that better…) Did you see “Tucker and Dale vs. Evil”? That one I LOVED.

      • Nick says:

        I have been wanting to do a Tucker and Dale vs. Evil post, mainly cause that was a wonderful turn in the horror genre. And Alan Tudyk is in this movie and he is awesome and I really as still pissed at Whedon for killing Wash.

        I’m a leaf on the wind…

      • mistylayne says:

        I cried so hard when he died. 😦 Whedon can be such a bastard sometimes (I still love him though).

      • Nick says:

        I remember seeing the midnight premier of this movie and the entire audience lost their collective shit when that happened. If there total silence there would have been the cliche baby cry in the distance.

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