The Cabin in the Woods

The Cabin in the Woods

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Directed by : Drew Goddard

Release Date : | Length : 95 Minutes

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Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods. Bad things happen.

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Chris Hemsworth

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Somehow I Made It Through

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The Cabin in the Woods is marketed as a movie that must be seen without having any prior knowledge of the plot. I'm not sure if this was a smart marketing ploy. I went in with a clean slate. No trailer was seen. Everything written on the internet was successfully avoided. But at least 3/4th into the film, I wasn't sure where it was headed. I was definitely enjoying it because of the tongue-in-cheek self-reflexive horror genre playfulness. The experience was further garnished by the trademark Joss Whedon humor (who co-wrote and produced the film). The only hurdle was, we have seen plentiful films which pay homage to horror/ slasher films. There has to be something inventive. I kept asking myself, why am I not loving the movie despite the fact that it's so much fun? This question was so deliciously answered by the last 15 minutes. Some films make you fall in love at first sight (or at least halfway in), others at the last glance. But I will not reveal any of the plot details. If the filmmakers want it this way, let them have it.

What I will reveal is this, the opening scene of the film left me perplexed. This was definitely not a scene from a horror movie. This was going to be different. Good different or bad different, I wasn't sure yet. The subsequent scenes are from a bad horror movie, which are usually succeeded by a Dimension Films logo, the one where the characters are introduced cheaply with a garage rock song playing as the scene dissolves into an RV cruising towards the vista Americana. But here, the music abruptly switches to an orchestral sweeping score and a bird hits a wall. (Yes. Literally) And so do we. That's when we are told, this is not like anything you have ever seen before. Not your usual homage film.

The characters portrayed by Anna Hutchison, Chris Hemsworth, Jesse Williams, Fran Kranz and Kristen Connolly, stand thus: a dumb blonde, a jock, a nerd, a loser and the innocent (relatively). They seem like cardboard cut-outs from films like Friday the 13th (1980), Evil Dead (1981) and several other slasher films. But here's the thing, if you don't love horror films, monster films, slasher films, exploitation films.. you know, those films? If you don't "love" them, there is very little for you here. You need to be a fan. If you are, this is probably the tastiest dish to be served at your table in a while. For me, it was a drool-fest, each bite was worth devouring. One thing they forgot to include in the marketing was asking viewers to wear a baby bib.

Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford play Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon, the makers of the film. I mean, Sitterson and Hadley, the characters through whom we discover the treasure hidden beneath the film. Whedon made The Avengers recently which is still having a hell of a time at the box office. The mainstream audience is mighty pleased. But this isn't exactly a Joss Whedon film, it is a Drew Goddard film who also wrote Cloverfield. The Cabin in the Woods is a twisted experience. It will surely appease cult film aficionados or even fans of the Theatre of the Absurd. It does what Scream (1996) did for this genre. Except it is better. Way more awesome, if you please. Make no mistake, this is a post-modern genre-filmmaking masterstroke.