SXSW 2012 Movie Review: THE CABIN IN THE WOODS
The Cabin in the Woods is a film about five young friends that go on a weekend vacation to a cabin deep inside the woods. This isn’t just a normal weekend for these friends. Sounds like a regular horror film right? Wrong.
I’ll warn you now. If you don’t already know the secrets of this film and don’t want to know, I would stop reading now. I will try and not ruin the film but trust me when I say this, that is a hard feat to do when talking about this particular film. Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard even swore us to silence on revealing the secrets and mysteries that is The Cabin in the Woods at the screening at SXSW.
Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard wrote this film in a few night span at a hotel many years ago now. They got the green light to make it and did just that. This was filmed before Chris Hemsworth was transformed into Thor so he may look quite a bit younger. This film sat on the shelves for many years due to MGM going bankrupt. Thankfully, it is now finally being released.
Whedon and Goddard take the stereotypical horror film setup and take it to the extreme. You will jump out of your seat at some moments and be laughing hysterically the next. Not your typical horror film at all. I would not consider myself an avid fan of the horror genre but I have seen my fair share. This being said, I have never seen a horror film do what Whedon and Goddard are available to accomplish in this film.
Jules (Anna Hutchison) and Curt (Chris Hemsworth) are the ‘couple’ of the group with friends Dana Kristen Connolly), Marty (Fran Kranz), and Holden (Jesse Williams) rounding out the group. The friends decide to get out of town for the weekend and head to a relative’s cabin deep in the woods. The characters themselves embody some stereotypical horror young characters. You have the jock in Curt, the good looking girlfriend in Jules, the good girl in Dana, the pot head in Marty, and the black guy in Holden. None of the characters come off unlikable which I suppose is always good. These friends have no idea what they are up against.
Another group of characters exist in an almost second world of sorts. Sitterson (Richard Jenkins), Hadley (Bradley Whitford), Truman (Brian White), and Lin (Amy Acker) are a group of professionals that you will see get equal screen time as the previous mentioned leads. That’s all I will say about these characters to not ruin anything about the film. Just trust me.
The film looks fantastic for the most part. It has a great script and perfect line delivery from the actors. It is really hard to try and find something negative to say about this film, honestly. I loved it very much. As I mentioned earlier, I am not a fan of the horror genre, but I would recommend this film to both the horror genre fans and just the average moviegoer. Yes, you will get scared here and there but that’s not what this film is about. It’s not here to haunt you in your nightmares like some of the other films in the horror genre.
Overall, The Cabin in the Woods is a fantastic film that anyone can enjoy without pissing themselves in pure fear. If you are on the fence at all about this film, just see it. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did.
Check out the trailer if you haven’t already: