Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Disgustingly Satisfying Masterpiece
I don’t re-review a film often, but when I do, I make sure it’s a good movie. The Cabin in the Woods was one of my earlier reviews when I first began Dave Examines Movies. At that time, my reviews were simply five stars, and this film reached the full five-star rating. Technically, that means it’s perfect, but however much I love this film…I can’t say it’s perfect. I can say that it feels like a Joss Whedon production, and loved every second of its hilariously dark inside-joke humor.
Five friends venture off to the woods to have a relaxing weekend in an abandoned cabin. Already, you may be thinking horror-film stereotype galore, but that is the point. Expect the unexpected in this film, and you would still be grossly locked in while being completely confused at the same time. While in the cabin, they are being monitored by what seems to be a branch of the government that has the woods locked in a controlled environment reminiscent of The Truman Show. You begin to think this is a reality show gone badly until zombies start showing up, real zombies. They have to escape, but the audience knows full well that it is near impossible, if not impossible, for them to escape naturally.
There is such a high volume of mixed genres in this film that it is hard not to enjoy it. The first thing you know, people are being chased and killed by a zombie, and then the next thing you know… people in a monitor room are shouting for joy, laughing, and having a good time, knowing full well what is happening. Joss Whedon is a master at mixing horror with comedy, as seen in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, and this film just proves that he still has it in him.
Make no mistake, this film is disgustingly satisfying. It has everything, blood and guts, pop out moments, Whedon humor, and the most unpredictable plot in a long while. All this meshed together creates an incredible original story. Anyone who sees this film will have that urge to tell a peer all about the film, but just can’t because there is so much to the film that would give away how great it really is. Without giving too much away, this film completely makes fun of horror film clichés while simultaneously attempting to declare a hidden, deeper reason as to why those movies have the clichés in the first place. There really is nothing like it.
Joss Whedon fans will love this film, there is no doubt about that. Even people unfamiliar with his work will still enjoy this film, because Whedon still has what it takes to lure both his fan base in for more, as well as bringing in more people to increase that fan base. He is an expert storyteller, and this is no exception. The story, as established, is brilliant. Some actors are brought back from past Whedon works of art, which is always nice. The characters are believable and likeable.
The only people that may not enjoy this are the people that aren’t fan of horror films. Yes, this has incredible comedy, but it does have that horror aspect as well. People that have weak stomachs will most likely have a rough time with this film, especially near the end. White rooms turn red, just a forewarning.
The Cabin in the Woods is your typical horror film wrapped inside an original work of art, when balanced together creates something legendary. This film is one of my favorite horror films. Not for the horror, but for the film, for the ingenuity, and for the creative story that has your mind reeling in awe.