Excerpt: The Cabin in the Words is the ultimate meta monster movie. It lovingly explains exactly why all those countless teenagers in all those terrible creature features movies had to die, and does so in amusing -- yet horrifying -- fashion.
Excerpt: A handful of late 20- to 30-something “teenagers” led by Thor (Chris Hemsworth, in a high school varsity jacket while allegedly going to college) go to a clone of the Evil Dead cabin and, of course, are served up to untold horrors. While that’s the classic setup, this is a corkscrew of a plot that jerks with your expectations every time you think you’ve got it figured out.
Excerpt: A group of college students decide to spend the weekend in the woods at a relative's "country home," but it turns out to be a creepy log cabin in the woods with a basement filled with mysterious artifacts and a horrible legend about murderous hillbillies, who suddenly come back to life and start killing them. But things aren't what they seem.
Excerpt: The first hour of Cabin in the Woods isn’t that interesting. In many ways, Joss Whedon’s script and the pacing seems to be pulling the audience from the crux of the story with confusion. The opening shot has two office workers, played by Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford, casually discussing their daily lives. The intersection comes from a group of five teenagers who run through the motions of a slasher flick. The teen story is generic.
Conclusion: Cabin in the Woods has more than enough cleverness to stand out and be celebrated. What on the surface looks like an ordinary horror movie winds up being much more than that while entertaining on multiple levels.
Excerpt: If you’re going to watch The Cabin in the Woods , it’s best to know as little as possible about it beforehand. I know that’s antithetical to the way we’re supposed to approach movies these days. How can you even claim to be interested in a movie unless you obsessively search out script reviews, casting reports, production blogs, teasers, trailers, international trailers, exclusive scenes and images before it’s released? But trust me on this one.
Excerpt: "We are not who we are." The Film Every now and then a film comes along that is damned near impossible to talk about without giving too much away. Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon's Cabin the Woods is one of those films. If you somehow missed Cabin 's theatrical trailer, which tips the filmmakers' hand way more than it should, don't watch it now. And don't go searching for spoiler-laden reviews either. Trust me on this. And trust in Joss.
Excerpt: Sexy Jules (Anna Hutchison, Underbelly ), her jock boyfriend Curt (Chris Hemsworth, Thor ), his smart but studly friend Holden (Jesse Williams, Brooklyn's Finest ), stoner Marty (Fran Kranz, The Village ), and level-headed and virginal Dana (Kristen Connolly, Revolutionary Road ) are headed for a fun weekend at a cabin (in the woods) owned by Curt's cousin. I'd read little about The Cabin in the Woods prior to seeing it.
Conclusion: Fan of the horror genre or not, 'The Cabin in the Woods' should be on your Must-See list. Not only is it a brilliant horror flick, but it's a brilliant film in general. Think of how audiences walked out of ' Inception ' saying, "I've never seen anything like that before," and that's what you're going to experience after seeing 'The Cabin in the Woods.