It’s literally the first movie, but so, so, so much better. It’s funnier, it has better scares, even better practical effects, more fun characters, its goofier, its campy, its insane. I think the first 20 minutes are a little odd, it’s a little too short, and not every WILD creative decision pays off, but I had fun.
This is literally the generic “cabin in the woods” movie that Cabin in the Woods makes fun of, why is this considered a classic?
It has its low budget charm, some creative camerawork, pretty impressive practical effects, and maybe a grand total of 5 minutes of effective scenes. Other than that, this movie’s just lame. Unlikable, dumb and ill defined characters with no semblance of real connection to one another acting out the most by the numbers plot with some…
I enjoyed this film in bursts but it is deeply flawed. It looks nice, Emma Stone is scenery chewing and entertaining as hell (and goddamn gorgeous, Jesus Christ), its got a few genuine laughs and a few satisfying moments.
It’s also choppy, confused, really poorly edited at times, ridiculously stupid at others, way too long, and wholly unsatisfying by the end.