FILM REVIEW: CABIN IN THE WOODS

What do redneck zombies, Thor, a unicorn, a half naked Power Ranger, an angry molesting tree and a merman have in common? Cabin In The Woods.

At first site, I thought like everyone else: “Here we go, another movie about teens who, instead of going to Cancun for vacation, decide to go to a cabin in the middle of some isolated woods and get attacked by inbred zombies.” While I was absolutely correct, I was also absolutely incorrect at the same time. What I was in for was a roller coaster of a movie with plenty of screams, laughs and WTF moments.

The film was produced and co-written by Joss Whedon of Buffy, Angel, Firefly and Dollhouse fame, as well as the upcoming The Avengers film. It also stars Chris Hemsworth of Thor and Anna Hutchinson, the yellow cheetah ranger from Power Rangers: Jungle Fury. There is also another major cameo that NO one saw coming and I will leave the surprise to you, if it hasn’t been spoiled by someone already.

The film revolves around five friends headed to a cabin retreat and end up in a world of clichė horror elements….with a purpose. While this set up has been seen for decades in horror films, Whedon does a great job of poking fun of the genre while putting a new spin on it at the same time. This movie was close to being an awesome adult version of Scooby Doo without the annoying CG Great Dane and the ugly van. Through his signature humor and storytelling, Whedon brought a breath of fresh air to a tired, lifeless genre. This is a movie that, due to so many Easter eggs and references, you would have to see it more than once to get it all in. I personally have seen it twice and noticed things the second time that I totally missed during my initial viewing and I know people who saw things their first time watching that I didn’t even notice. The last 15-20 minutes of the film, the craziest thing I’ve seen in a horror film in a LONG time, makes you wonder how many different ways it could’ve gone and this is good because it gives you something to imagine and discuss with others who have seen it.

If you are the “I don’t care if you spoil the movie” type, tune into our next podcast where I will go into to details and spoilers that will MAKE you wanna see this movie. Trust me. So far, this movie is on my Top 10 of 2012 list and witout a doubt the best horror movie of this decade. So with that said, this is a must see in my book and even better with a group of friends give this movie a TOO GUD.

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