If you are a horror movie fan, you owe it to yourself to see this movie. The name itself refers to the generic trope it’s summoning, the one you’ve seen a few times before. But the Cabin in the Woods, as the poster implies has more up it’s sleeve.
The movie, which focuses around the titular generic troperificic locale, has many surprises in store for the viewer as well as it’s delibertately invoked trope character stock. I’m not going to go into my usual exacting detail because I am both too lazy to do so, as well as it would be doing a disservice to you the viewer. But I will go into a bit more detail than most.
Basically our five usual slasher stereotypes are deliberately put in the standard horror location, only this time it’s by a government agency who have their reasons for letting this pain happen to our hapless protagonists. If you’ve ever seen anything by Joss Whedon, you know he doesn’t give you exactly what you expect, and the same rules apply here. This is Whedon’s response to the torture porn genre, and it makes you wonder why it sat on the shelf for three years. Certainly, it’s a lot better than most of the horror movies that have come out since 2009. I can’t even think of any horror movie, besides Insidious, and Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, that I’ve really liked over the past years. But let’s just say I really liked Cabin in the Woods.
Much like the movie it somewhat bases itself on, Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead, Cabin in the Woods is a like a pure shot of heroin directly into the veins of horror. The film starts off slow but builds momentum and ends up being a locomotive transporting a shit ton of horror monsters to be delivered straight up your ass. This movie will screw your face and squirt it’s horror movie love jucies all down your throat. The finale is amazing, a loving homage to every horror movie over the past 30 years, as well as being Lovecraftian in nature and scope. There are -dire- ramifications here, much more than someone dying a virgin. The stakes are continually rasied and there are no clear cut good guys or bad guys. There is a huge world here with a lot of mythology and I hope that Joss gets the chance to give us more of this world in some medium in the future, as he has been able to do with other projects.
The movie starts out light but ends up being some hard-gore horror. Troperific as it may be, this movie is the real deal and if you love horror films, this is what you need to go see right now. Seriously. Quit reading this and go see the damn movie.