22 May 2014

Review - 'The Cabin in the Woods' is a Spectacularly Twisted Love-Letter to the Horror Genre

Director: Drew Goddard
Writers: Joss Whedon, Drew Goddard
Stars: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchinson, Franz Kranz
Running Time: 90 mins
Sub-Genre: Slasher, Supernatural, Zombie
Release: 2012

Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin in the woods, where they get more than they bargained for. Together, they must discover the truth behind the cabin in the woods.

The Cabin in the Woods, 2012's biggest surprise has everything you could ever want in a horror film, the whole "love-hate letter to the horror genre" is all that needs to be said about a film that's poster only reveals a spill of what sort of twisted and fun movie is to come. To say the least, it's a movie experience that is hard to review without spoiling when the best parts off the film is lingered in spoilers, and if you have seen Cabin, then you know how big these spoilers actually are, and for a film that is graced with creativity with tongue firmly in cheek, it would almost be a sin to spoil it, like spoiling The Sixth Sense. It just can't be done!

Five friends travel to a remote cabin in the woods for a break, and during their stay they discover that there is more than meets the eye, and realize that there is darker and more unexplained secrets behind the cabin.

The Film: With a plot so ingenious, humor so witty and horror so masterful its hard to fault something that is near flawless, especially for horror fans worldwide. Sure Scream, Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday The 13th etc. are all genre busters, but as a horror fan speaking to horror fans, you will never have as much fun watching something that completely turns the genre inside out as much as you will watching Cabin, and this sort of genre satire, will be appreciated mostly by horror fans who know their sh*t about the genre, and are full alert of the cliches that accompany, and established it. For a genre that is once again drowning into complete parody due to the endless ghost and torture flicks, Cabin is there is pick it right back up, dust it off, and set it right back on its tracks again; that's the sort of effect Cabin has on the genre, that's how powerful this genre-buster is... it's got balls and it's not afraid to use them, even if does make an unintentional mockery of Evil Dead.

So the title, pretty cliche right? correct. So does that mean the movie is cliche? umm, yes and no; Yes as it plays with cliche with tongue in cheek, and no because it uses intentional cliches to present the deeply twisted and simply put "fu*ked up" storyline I have ever come across in a horror. It's so fantastically fun and intelligent that it makes me wonder how no one has ever thought of this idea before, but then again, no one would have been able to pull it off as gracefully as Drew Goddard (Cloverfield) and Joss Whedon (Avengers Assemble).

Without spoiling anything I think Cabin has done what Halloween and The Shining had done for horror, it has re-invented the genre by playing with its cliches and twisting them along with the audiences perspectives in a playful manner, and no matter how chaotic this movie becomes (the last 20 minutes in particular) it never quite fits into a certain sub-genre, which is another reason why this movie is so god-damn brilliant; it isn't afraid to step outside the box but doesn't become something it tried not to be, and it worked perfectly. The stylish mix of horror and satire is enough alone to make this film an enjoyable hybrid, but with a final act that's insanely chaotic and has the resemblance of every horror fans wet dream, it's hard not to appreciate a film that has bigger balls than Chuck Norris and isn't afraid to use them. That's whats best about Cabin, it knows what it is and it isn't afraid to "destroy the world" to prove it.

The Cabin in the Woods is a ground-breaking horror that reinvents the genre and turns it inside out, proving that sometimes showing how the trick is done is just as good as the trick itself; and as for the final act...prepare to be amazed.

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