The Cabin in the Woods (Scream) Review

So we thought we’d change up the Tuesday review and do a film, instead of a game review. Thus you are now privy to the first ever movie review. YAH! The movie in question is the new release “The Cabin in the Woods,” directed by Drew Goddard and written by Joss Whedon. Basically, if you like horror films you’ll like this. I can’t really compare it to one single horror film since, broken down, it’s all of the horror films… ever. It’s very difficult to explain, I don’t want to spoil anything, but I will say the poster is the best way describe the story, when you think it will zig, it zags, when you think it will zag, it zogs.

As spoiler free as I can, the film establishes itself with a basic horny college kids in a… well you’ve read the title. The premise sounds no different from what you’d find in any low budget horror film that’s currently streaming for free on Netflix. The first major difference is the kids are being watched by two middle aged technicians (they have some of the best scenes in the film) and a reluctant and mildly disgusted security guard. This being written by Joss Whedon means almost every line of dialog is oozing with ironic snark. Regardless of how you feel about it, it works as, like the premise, most horror movies fall into that category when it comes to dialog in the post “Scream” world.

I’ve read other reviews that describe this as feeling like an episode of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and this is apt, but where “Buffy” played with conventions of monsters “The Cabin in the Woods” plays the genre as a whole. Horror references are left and right, everything from the obvious “Friday the 13th” and “Evil Dead,” to a blink and you’ll miss it “Cube” and “The Shining” hat tips. Overall well worth a look but I think a dvd or blu-ray release will serve this one best. There are a lot of scenes especially towards the end where you’ll want a pause button.

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