TNS Movie Review- The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
“You've seen horrible things. An army of nightmare creatures. But they are nothing compared to what came before. What lies below. It's our task to placate the Ancient Ones. As it's yours to be offered up to them. Forgive us. And let us get it over with.” – The Director
The Cabin in the Woods is one of my favorite modern horror films. The way that writer/ director Drew Goddard (Cloverfield- writer, Lost- producer) and writer Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV Series, The Avengers) were able to put comedy and mystery into this fun cornucopia of horror is truly genius.
This movie touches on all of our favorite classic horror personalities from the fool, the jock, to the loveable virgin. Then, it flips what we think we know and reveals to us the ultimate truth. That our deaths are all part of the sacrificial nightmare to the ones that were here before us. How scary is that? People plotting out our death as if it were a television show. All watching and betting on our lives to which they know only as work and entertainment. It gave new meaning to a weekend getaway at your cousin’s cabin. A similar feeling to the one I get when I watch John Carpenter’s They Live. The feeling that we are all being watched, observed, studied, and used all remaining unknown to us. For fuck’s sake, even the cabin in this movie was sectioned with invisible walls off past Mordecai’s run-down old gas station. They’re all puppeteers!
The Cabin in the Woods has one of the most iconic third acts in cinema history to me. All of our deepest and darkest fears are unleashed at once when Dana and Marty (Connolly and Kranz) lock themselves in the control room and open the elevators to unleash hell on the staff. WHAT A SCENE! There is more blood in that scene than any in the movie. Very similar in comparison to Evil Dead or Dead Alive in regards to the amount of blood spilled. From zombies, killer clowns and ghosts, to giant snakes, mad surgeons, and even mermen, we were given a gift with that act. And to that, I say thank you!
Along with great writing and directing, what a good cast this movie has! It’s filled with cameos from the likes of Sigourney Weaver and Tim DeZarn. And filled with big names like Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford, Chris Hemsworth, Fran Kranz, and Kristen Connolly. All of which brought their best to the table.
Much like Umbrella Corps did from Resident Evil, The Cabin in the Woods gave us a shocking and disturbing glimpse into what goes on deep underneath the surface and who was here before us. An almost anti-horror film for horror lovers. There is a greater good, and for that you must be sacrificed.