The Cabin in the Woods
If you hear a strange sound outside... have sex
Five college friends spend the weekend at a remote cabin in the woods, where they get more than they bargained for. Together, they must discover the truth behind the cabin in the woods.
Formula. Every film has one. Watch enough films and you learn the formulas, perhaps even subconciously; and it can ruin the film for you. It drains a film of tension, it makes a film predictable. And in no other genre is the formula more apparent than in horror.
The Cabin In The Woods (TCITW)has a formula too. It is no different to any other film in that respect. But while your Texas Chainsaw Massacres and your Excorcists and your Last Houses On The Lefts say 2 + 2 = 4, TCITW says, "Yes, it does equal 4 but did you know that this 2 is actually 0.5 plus 2.5 minus 1 and the second 2 is really a shit ton…
This film tries to put its tongue in its cheek so hard it has left a big, gaping hole that should have been filled by a great film.
Let me start off by saying that I actually like Whedon's work. Most of the stuff he's done is quite enjoyable. Here, however, he is at his worst. Every single twist, turn and reveal felt like him screaming at me: 'Hah! Look at how clever I am! I am reinventing the entire genre!'
The problem with Whedon's script is that he has actually written two films. One a rather funny, sometimes hilarious comedy. Two, a boring and generic horror film. Somewhere in between lies the idea of a great film, which is…
Seeing as we're not supposed to be spoiler-y on this thing lest we offend the horde, I will use this space mostly to work out my feelings on Joss Whedon.
I'm not a fan. I've seen a lot of Buffy, just a bit of Angel, just a bit of Firefly (apathetic), Serenity (just cause), Dr Horrible (apathetic). I like Alien 4 for Jeunet mostly.
I heard it opined once that theres a couple kinds of male nerds. One is the manboy who likes metal, hard sci fi, robots... he's still a nerd but he likes his swords and his boobs. Then there's the more effeminate wussy nerd who likes cutesy Nintendo stuff, and anime, Death Cab for Cutie, and loves…
I went in knowing virtually nothing about this film. I don't even think I saw a trailer for it. If I did, I probably shrugged it off as some generic horror flick. All I knew was that it was written by Joss Whedon and it had been delayed ever since 2010. I expected nothing but hopefully fun generic horror flick. What I got was something far from generic. I think this might be the ultimate horror film.
It's hard to review this film because this is one of those films that you must go in completely cold on. Seriously, know nothing going in. No trailers, hell no reviews. I'll just try to sum this film up...it's excellent. This film successfully…
Act 1- 3/5- A little too slow for me but interesting development of the characters. Wonder where this will go next.
Act 2- 4/5- Now this is what I'm talking about. Classic atmospheric intense horror at its best.
Act 3- 4.5/5- $#!T this is amazing! Don't ever let this end. Look it's Sigourney Weaver!
Overall, the best horror film of 2011.
a bit of fun, JW's humour shines through as always, a surprise or two along the way.....
Inteligente hasta la nausea. Una de mis películas favoritas de todos los tiempos.
I'm a huge sucker for narratives about narratives. Without giving too much away -- although seriously, it's been out for a year and also, it's Joss Whedon, so you can assume something's funky about it -- this explores the horror genre in a hilariously meta way that I'm kinda shocked nobody's done before*. While I wish more of the ideas they dip a toe into were explored further (again, avoiding spoilers, but the "Choose Your Own Adventure" plot point seemed too arbitrary to be as poignant as Whedon et al seemed to want it to be), it was still a snappy, clever and thoroughly engaging movie that's still with me a week after watching. Totally recommend (just don't expect to be scared).
*Nobody I'VE seen but if you guys have any flicks to recommend I'd loooove to inflate my Netflix queue.
Horror movie tropes executed in a meta-framework that gets more serious as the movie reaches its climax(es). Enjoyable, gory, smart-assy scary movie with a great cast.
90 minutes of Joss Whedon telling you how cool he is for figuring out what everyone else already did in what, 1985? Self-serving, egotistical, pretentious, insulting trash. The negative should be burned.
A better film after additional viewings. It steals from other films but manages to own an original plot. Still overrated by most people.
"HAHA LOOK AT THIS WE ALL GET HORROR MOVIES HAHA HORROR MOVIES ARE SO GENERIC HAHA LOOK AT THIS HORROR MOVIE REFERENCE HAHA WE'RE SO CLEVER LOL WE'RE SO EDGY THIS IS A TOTAL GAME CHANGER CHECK US OUT WE'RE GENIUSES LOL OUR WRITING IS SO CLEVER."
this movie is nothing special. average, apart from the ending.