Ah ‘The Cabin in The Woods’! Now where do I start? This was one of the few movies I was asked not to watch the previews of. I am usually a preview fan coz more so often it happens that the previews turn out better than the movies. I was itching to watch the Cabin in the Woods preview and its was so tempting coz everywhere I read I was asked not to. So If you’ve seen it, you’ve seen too much already. Cabin in the Woods has huge names attached to it. Directed/Written by Drew Goddard of ‘Cloverfield’ and co-written by Joss Whedon, who would be diving in pools of dollars now, this movie has a lot of hype to meet.
Five friends go to a cabin in the woods and bad things happen to them…anymore than this & I stand at a risk of spoiling it for you. Suffice to say its ‘Smart Writing’ at its best. Although its ridden with your usual horror-movie cliches, it never turns out what you expect it to be. Unpredictable is the word here. Its what I’d like to call an ‘intellectual horror movie’. Twists and turns aplenty, Cabin in The Woods will keep you pondering till the end. I’d like to emphasize ’till the end’..not the ‘end’. Homages & references to other horror flicks was a very nice addition and some of the initial scenes did remind me the likes of ‘Evil Dead’, ‘Cabin Fever’, ‘HellRaiser’ etc.
Characters are archetypes alright, but they do have personalities and are very well written ergo unpredictable. So you’ve got a jock who is really into books, you’ve got the stoner who is super brilliant, you’ve got a virgin who’s not exactly one etc. Unlike other genre movies who treat them as dead meat for whatever monstrosities it has, I actually root/care for the characters here. The casting, except for two, was spot on. Chris Hemsworth, Kristen Connolly, Fran Kranz were all amazing but I am so against Jesse Williams and Anna Hutchinson being cast as the smart guy & the dumb blonde respectively. Fran was remarkable as the pot-head Marty and provides with some genuine laughs. Chris seems fine as the smart jock Curt and its definitely good to see him outta his Thor shell (coz Cabin in The Woods had been in the box since 2009). I was disturbingly getting used to his Thor nuances as I watched this after watching ‘The Avengers‘ and ‘Snow White & The Huntsman‘. Kristen is perfect here as the innocent Dana who keeps things intriguing till the end. There’s also a cameo who, I dont know for what reason, was very much predictable. Cast also includes Richard Jenkins & Bradley Whitford whose roles for obvious reasons am not gonna brief you on but I have to say that the very initial scene with them was so Quentin Tarantino-esque and I loved it.
There is a wide range of ‘creatures’ in the movie and has some really creepy make-up and CG effects which makes it all the more fun to watch.
My only complaint about the movie is regarding the climax. As I mentioned previously, Cabin in the Woods keeps you at the edge of the seat all the while thinking ’till the end’. But it so happens that the ‘end’ wasn’t as much a punch in your face like it was intended. It just failed to have that impact like the film-makers wanted it to be. Despite that, its good to see film-makers going off the usual horror track and coming up with innovative story-lines to rejuvenate the horror genre. I mean haven’t we all seen enough of slashers and all those torture porn flicks?
Funny, Smart, Unpredictable and OTT plot twists makes this one of my favorite movies this season. I wouldn’t call it a horror movie per se coz it didn’t scare me much but I’d say this is a fabulous thriller and fans of sci-fi and horror are gonna feel right at home. It yearns to be seen at the movies. So if you still think that you know horror flicks and cliches inside out..think again, The Cabin in the Woods here is gonna chew your brains and spit it out. Watch it. Its good. Period!