The Film Grain: The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
RATING: * * * * * * * * [Stars (Out of Eleven)]
People who should go and see it: Horror Genre Fans, Adrenaline Junkies, Innovative Plot Fanatics, Thrill Seekers, Zombie Deadheads, Evil Dead Fans, Conspiracy Fiends, People Who Don’t Like to be Tapped in Cages
Director: Drew Goddard
Writer(s): Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon
Memorable Quote: “I’m never going to see a Mer-Man” (Hadley)
Review, Thoughts, and Stuff:
Maybe it’s because this movie was over-hyped for me (something I always hate for it’s tainting outlook quality) but the overall feeling of this film and revealing of secrets too early in my opinion (such as the invisible shield around the cabin area), lent ultimately to a intrigued but not impressed reaction on my part. I like the concept of the film and I am a fan of Drew Goddard (Cloverfield) however for the first half of the film, the plot seemed over-referential to Evil Dead. I’m not sure if this was intentional or not but it’s explicative use of this reference deterred my regard for this movie as an inspired original work.
However, all this being said, I do appreciate the originality of the second-half of the film and by the end I can honestly say that I would very much like to see a sequel which continues the story (not a mediocre derivative of the same movie). The plot of the film is ingenious in that as the films writer Joss Whedon said: "If we have done our jobs right, people will be trying to fill in the gaps for years" and that’s exactly what it did for me, I have so many unanswered question about this world which has been created, just the lack of background really ultimately begs for more to be said on this world that Goddard and Whedon have created. This being said I should also mention that the humor incorporated is both clever and well-timed.
All things stated, it is well worth watching, if not for the entertainment value (which is provided with solid horror sequences), then for the fact that it truly does twist the horror genre plot-line in a new direction (a sentiment I agree with in other reviews) which is original enough to be considered.
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