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The Cabin in the Woods Review

The Cabin in the Woods (15)

Reviewed by Rachel Geeson

Score: 3/5

This spring why don’t you take a creepy cinematic cabin trip and watch the new American wickedly playful horror-comedy film, The Cabin in the Woods. As summer is swiftly approaching, this film release is perfectly timed to make us fearful of our summer getaway. This horror is going to make you think twice about packing your summer stuff into a van and heading into a remote location for some fun in the sun.

There have been many scary cabin flicks in the past. Such as The Last House on the Left (2009), The Strangers (2008) and Friday the 13th (2009). One of the main themes for these three films is that it isn’t always the best idea to hang out in an isolated cabin in the middle of the woods.

That theme is true in The Cabin in the Woods; however there are a number of twists that you definitely will not expect. The plot of this new addition to the “spine-chilling cabin horror films” is that five college teens decide to go to a remote cabin in the wood where basically everything goes wrong.

The first scene however does not have the eerie stereotypical conventions of a horror film as it shows two middle–aged scientists discussing an unknown topic and the complications that may occur because of it along with day to day chatter about their home lives. All of a sudden their cheery banter is interrupted with menacing music and red dripping titles that just clashes with the tone of the opening scene.

The movie that follows is interesting, unexpected and slightly funny. I liked the film but the thing is I can’t tell you why without ruining it. Trailers make this film look like a cliché horror that will be slightly predictable. But with the twist and turn of events in The Cabin in the Woods, it is set to make an impact in movies this year.

You think that you have seen it all before with the type of people that these friends are; the sexy bad girl, Jules (Anna Hutchison), the sexy good girl, Dana (Kristen Connolly), the handsome jock, Curt (Chris Hemsworth), the smart black guy, Holden (Jesse Williams) and the wacky stoner, Marty (Fran Kranz). The five of them bring on different impressions and are all young good looking actors. And when they arrive at the forest cabin and act just the way that most teenagers do in horror films they begin to explore a dark and mysterious basement and you can always tell what that will lead to . . . . . really bad things.

The Cabin in the Woods is the first picture to be written and directed by the co-writer of Cloverfield, Drew Goddard. The Cabin in the Woods is a personal triumph for him, but also the work of his co-writer Joss Whedon, who helped give us Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Lost.

I’d love to say more but I’ve said too much already. I found the film to be funny rather than scary but that could be because of my love of horror films. But why don’t you be the judge and go down to the cinema to see this bizarre creation with fun, gore, laughs, screams and many more imaginative surprises.

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