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You Think You Know The Story, I'm Pretty Sure You Don't! "The Cabin In The Woods" (Review)

Today was opening day for Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon's very long awaited film The Cabin In The Woods. After being in post-production hell when MGM went bankrupt some thought that this film would never see the day of light. Soon enough MGM started getting(and still is) their act together and sold the distribution rights to Lionsgate Entertainment distribution company who finally got the film out into the world. Now that you have a little history,onto the film itself. If you notice on the poster it says "you think you know the story" and I can guarantee that you don't after seeing this feature.

The movie is set to start out like you're very typical horror movie with a group of teens taking a roadtrip to a cabin in the middle of the woods and being attacked in some sort by some mysterious creature or something. The same old story that we've heard a dozen times right? WRONG.Now before I saw this I had heard that it puts a big twist on the usual storyline of kids being attacked in the woods,but what actually goes probably the last thing you'll ever guess and that's a guarantee. This review is kind of tough to do only because there is so much I wanted to say but also I don't want to spoil for those who havent.Even so I bet if I tried to spoil it you'd be like "okay, what's this guy on", that's how just plain and mple different this movie is and I'm being kind when I use the word 'different'.

Now what's very interesting about this and as I said I'll try not to spoil any big details but is that the movie actual begins in one of two plot settings in the majority of the movie but it isn't a college campus or dorm room, it starts in very large and strange facility following two scientists(Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford).So already I had a sense of "what in the hell is going on?" the movie quickly trantions back to that cliche plotline as we see the teens (Kirsten Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchinson, Fran Kranz and Jesse Williams) setting off on their road trip. The goes back and forth between the cabin and this facility. If you've seen the preview you'll notice that it's as if the kids are being watch or video taped like as if they were in a reality show. Well it's...I'm sure you can put 2 and 2 together with that part of the plot. But that's all I'll give you on the story.

I can say right now I'm telling all horror fans to go and see this film. Personally I want to know other Bidites reactions and just see because I have a strong feeling this film is going to make quite a strong impact. This is the definitely the smartest horror film nce I first watched Wes Craven's Scream. The amount of originality that this film brings to the screen is overwhelming. I'd really like to applaud Mr.Goddard and Mr.Whedon for keeping this plot very secretive through the trailers and what not. But I will say it's a movie that I can tell many people will not probably accept. Don't go and see this just because you're expecting your everyday slasher with kids getting high,drinking,having sex and then getting slaughtered because that's NOT what you'll get. Before you even go into the theater you can't have any expectations or guess for what will happen because I can guarantee atleast 99% of them will be wrong.

I hope you don't think I'm sounding crazy here but as a horror fan this film has really showed me a lot. One mainly that there are still people out there who can come up with a creative and genius ideas for movies. And then two being that this is also probably one of the trippiest films I've seen in my life. To finish it off I give it a 9 out 10 just for originality. Go and see it and let me know what you think so I can tell whether I am crazy or not. One last thing...theres mermen and ancient Gods. ;D
zombie10 Saturday 4/14/2012 at 08:29 AM | 92449
I saw this movie last night and can't really write too much about it for spoiling what will be sure to be a disappointing movie going experience for many of you. For starters, never at any point in it's entire run length is it ever scary. This is a fact that I very much doubt will be disputed by anyone on Horrorbid and would be ealy enough overlooked if the movie was engaging in any more than a head-scratching, "what the..." kind of way.

This movie just never homogenizes into anything regarding a constent plot line. It's like the makers had some neat ideas about how to push the horror envelope, but when the final film coalesced, it seemed very disjointed and incomplete. I would try to take the high road and try to pass this movie off as more intellectual than standard horror fare, but that's rubbish. It just does not know what the hell it's trying to be. From very early on until the credits role, there is no explanation of why any of this is taking place or no back story of any kind which I don't typically require necessarily, but when a film gets this strange, and it gets STRANGE, I think a little back story becomes essential to allow the audience a chance to catch up.

It is no surprise to me that this move was in development and distribution hell for as long as it was. It is original in the way all bad ideas are original, by completely lacking a formula that is successful enough to ever warrant copying. The acting is pedestrian, but by no means the films biggest flaw. The CG is just ridiculous and over reaches on many instances and, as stated above, the plot is not cool or interesting or any of that. It's just vague, strange, confung and woefully incomplete.

Go see this movie if you regularly partake of psychedelic drugs, but dose up nicely before taking your seats. Even then, I cannot guarantee that you will not want your money back. Because I feel the need to say something nice now, let me say that this film does show boobies and they are pretty nice, and there is a rather excellent werewolf that seeing more of would have helped this film immensely. If you do decide to pony up and go see this travesty, there are two things to be on the lookout for. If you see this film, please report back with your findings and let's get a consensus. Thanks for reading.
kmdgrfx Saturday 4/14/2012 at 07:32 PM | 92457
Very mixed reviews for this film, pretty smart marketing and honestly I want to see this film even more now out of curioty.

Whether I end up hating it or loving doesn't matter because I just want to see how weird this film is.
Sephit Sunday 4/15/2012 at 12:00 AM | 92462
That's the spirit. If you go in with that mentality, you'll be okay. Be sure to chime in after you've seen it and give me your two cents. Thanks.
kmdgrfx Sunday 4/15/2012 at 01:28 AM | 92463
Wow, was the tagline for this movie ever correct. This is the weirdest horror genre entry that I have ever seen in my life. We get sooooo much social commentary and cliche horror moments that the depth of this movie I have a feeling goes way into the wild blue yonder much like the plot. I want to really t down and take the time to write up a good review for this but I had to comment on it at the very least right here. This movie is tripping acid throughout and just when you think you've figured it out it changes. Way crazy, like a roller-coaster. Cool horror cliche moments and overall really enjoyed the movie but don't going in expecting just another horror movie. This is INSANITY!
Horror Domain - Cursed Evil Overlord Sunday 4/15/2012 at 03:55 AM | 92472
If you like horror movies, If you like Joss Whedon shows (Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse, etc) If you like Evil Dead, if you enjoy a bit of humor with your horror, if you just like an original fun story. If you like any or all of these things, then this movie is for you. It IS NOT a regular old fashion slasher film. This film is BAT SHIT CRAZY!
BIGKen Sunday 4/15/2012 at 08:40 AM | 92484
I love it..I hope it does well at the box office, so we finally get some horror movies that are not remakes.
Moon Monday 4/16/2012 at 05:39 AM | 92497
I've been curious about this movie nce first seeing that poster, but now that I'm hearing some of your comments I'm actually excited to see it.

I've avoided reading any details about the plot or otherwise, so I'll be going in blind, which sounds like the way to go.

I see that it got an 86% from the top critics on Rotten Tomatoes.

I wouldn't have expected that from this type of movie.
gummi Monday 4/16/2012 at 07:53 AM | 92503
One of the cleverest horror films I've seen in a while. It manages to be original, funny, surpring and just plain, strange! I came out of the theater feeling stupid and just mind blown
Disturbed_voices Monday 4/16/2012 at 10:08 AM | 92506
This is one of the movies I have waited to see in 2012. You hear all the hype, and you get a little excited. Being a horror movie fan, when you hear something new comes out in the genre, something different, well, you get a little excited. It IS different, but, for some reason, it did not surprise me with it's twists
JaneDoe Monday 4/16/2012 at 10:14 AM | 92508
I definitely liked this, I'm just not sure how much. I spent most of the film trying to figure out where it was going instead of tting there and enjoying the ride. I def plan to see it again and maybe soon. The cast was a great time and the performances were all a notch above your standard horror movie fare.
indygogo Monday 4/16/2012 at 10:15 AM | 92509
This movie takes the horror genre and flips it on its head. What could ealy have been a run-of-the-mill slasher fest turns into something much more nister and thought-provoking. Not as amazing as some have touted it to be, but it's clever and intriguing.
Shakelford, J. Rusty Monday 4/16/2012 at 10:26 AM | 92513
I found this to be an immensely enjoyable horror film. While it's not the be all end all of horror films, it's exactly what I wanted. I'm actually not a fan of Whedon but found this to be a perfect blend of satire, comedy and horror. The scares and creepy moments are well earned and the performances are all really good. Fran Kranz steals the show and Bradley Whitford is great as is Richard Jenkins.

A lot of people have been saying the CGI is awful and that the ending isn't explained.... it's explained enough that it made sense to me. I hate that people need a definitive explanation spelled out all the time. I personally love the clascs where there isn't a neat tidy ending. In the original Halloween we have no idea why Michael is the way he is and why he's unstoppable. All we need to know is that's the way he is and it works.

Now, the CGI was a little shoddy in certain parts but I can't help but think that that's what they were going for.... I dug all the references (And there were alot!!)Overall, awesome movie. Horror fans who bitch about a lack of originality owe it to themselves to see this at least once on the big screen. And I really want that damn bong.......
dcabot86 Tuesday 4/17/2012 at 03:47 AM | 92528
After watching this film today I think it's just shot up into my top horror films ever. It was truely a work of art and I was blown away by literally every ngle aspect of it. The last act was so intensem loved every second and wished it would never end!
sickkgirl Wednesday 4/18/2012 at 01:42 AM | 92558
I thought this movie was phenomenal. And I'm not speaking from the standpoint of it being a horror film and it needing to fulfill those little deres I have with a good scary flick but I'm speaking in terms of it being an amazing movie regardless of the genre.

I went to the movie after hearing that it was really good. I had no real idea what it was about and why it was suppose to be so awesome but after seeing staunch movie goers praise it I knew I had to see it.

From beginning to very end I geeked out hard over how original and just epic the piece was. The plot was weird at first but it just kind of kept going and going and going and it just kept working out for me and never stopped. The tagline really does convey what to expect.

While watching it I said to myself "This is certainly top 3 horror movies I've seen this year" the other 2 being Tucker and Dale and Leslie Vernon. But at the very end it won top horror movie in recent years. Joss and Drew certaintly met the goal they were trying to reach in making this film. It's original and its what the genre needed.

I find it hard to think something that original could come out of the genre anytime soon. I hope so though because wow. Jizz.
Artclasshero Wednesday 4/18/2012 at 01:58 AM | 92560
You wanna know why this movie is going to be in my movie collection? Two words. Killer unicorn. Epic.
HorrorRus Wednesday 4/18/2012 at 02:14 AM | 92561
Seriously, one of the greatest movies I have seen in a long while. It plays on the cliches of every ngle horror movie and reworks it into one of the funniest scripts with smart one liners from practically every character. Well done, Lionsgate, you got your heads out of your asses.
joelsparks Wednesday 4/18/2012 at 02:58 AM | 92565
havent got to catch yet, sadly. but reading these posts def makes me wanna see it more
kizzle Wednesday 4/18/2012 at 05:26 PM | 92568
A stunningly original treat to all the horror fans out there! Infused with incredibly clever tongue-in cheek humor, very self-aware acting and genius writing in the buildup to the film's many hidden secrets, The Cabin in the Woods is an enthralling experience, and one that will certainly end the horror genre as it is today! Also follow this one rule before seeing it...go in blind knowing nothing about it, and you'll admire this true work of art even more!
Blades Wednesday 4/18/2012 at 08:06 PM | 92570
We loved this movie.

For everything it gave us.

A true horror movie for horror fans.
cash Wednesday 4/18/2012 at 09:45 PM | 92588
I can't wait to hear the podcasts tomorrow and what they have to say about the film. I am ready for a second watch to be honest, it's so crazy I wasn't even ready for what I got. I can't even begin to write a review yet, I am still trying to put it all together.
Horror Domain - Cursed Evil Overlord Wednesday 4/18/2012 at 10:01 PM | 92590
REALLY liked it. It's definitely strange, but that's a big part of what I like about it. And, c'mon, it's Joss Whedon, who didn't expect high strangeness? I like it more the more I think about it, too. So many layers. So many easter eggs for hardcore horror fans.

I wouldn't say it's TERRIFYING, but it's at least as scary as a lot of other entries in the genre, and it really takes its surprises and twists to the max. Even when you can tell SOME kind of surprise is coming, you'll likely be wrong about what form it will take. I may even bump another movie off my 25 favorite horror movies countdown to make room on the list for "Cabin In the Woods".

MAYBE. I have to see it again to be sure.

But hey, even the fact that I want to see it again is a pretty good endorsement, I guess. I know some people are confused by this movie on some level or another, but it all went down pretty smooth for me. It messes with you, but I feel like it also lets you in on all its secrets by the end, in one way or another. Though I also have a feeling a second viewing will reveal even more. Definitely original, definitely smart, and sure to be influential.
ImmortalSidneyP Thursday 4/19/2012 at 04:57 AM | 92597
This was the best film I've seen in theaters in a Long time. I loved the many nods to Evil Dead (Did anyone else notice "Angry Molesting Tree" on that whiteboard?), Hellraiser, and Lovecraft. (Posble Spoilers from here) Some of the creatures were awesome, like a "Pain-worshipping Zombie Family", Giant Spiders, Snakes, Evil Clowns, More Zombies, Ghosts, Robots, Masked Lawyers, Ancient Gods and more. Let's not forget the cast, The Virgin, Athlete, Scholar, Whore, and Fool (the "Fool" is the best, providing comic relief, usually though the use of his giant bong...). Of course all Hell breaks loose at the end, making me a happy camper (no pun intended). Even with all this, the thing that disturbed me the most was the celebrations held by the staff...Overall I thought it was great, although it's completely imposble to not sound like a raving lunatic while describing what happens!

Kidtut Sunday 4/22/2012 at 01:32 AM | 92655
I rather enjoyed this film, while there were things borrowed from other films, i would say that it was different and made for a great movie experience. I waited for this one for some time and after all the hype thought it would disappoint but I am glad to say that it didn't (at least not for me).

My entire review would be too long to post here but I have an entire The Cabin the Woods review up on my te if you are inclined to give it read - ... or-review/
reelybored Sunday 4/22/2012 at 02:45 PM | 92662
I saw a night showing of "Cabin" last night, and I really enjoyed it. There's something about the movie that I've always wanted to do, and to see that someone has thought of it and made it before I have kind of sucked, but the movie was completely amazing, and I loved it. Joss Whedon's Cabin in the Woods is a movie that will stand the test of time, and it's its own subgenre in horror.
darkerdays Sunday 4/22/2012 at 04:31 PM | 92665
Seeing it tonight at 8! Im ecsatic!
kizzle Monday 4/23/2012 at 05:55 PM | 92679
yeah... wow is all i can say. I mean i was just.... wow lol. Its def one of the greatest ones ive seen nce indious id say
kizzle Tuesday 4/24/2012 at 11:16 PM | 92717
That movie was great. It was not a graphic slasher or even a deep striking psychological horror film. It was just a fun film that played on viewer's expectations. I will be watching this again.
DeadMou$e5 Thursday 4/26/2012 at 10:26 AM | 92759
All I can say for the movie is that it is a must see. I've read a lot of reviews and I wouldn't clasfy it as horror.

Yes you have grotesque creatures and towards the end is a blood bath but all in all it's more sci-fi/fantasy. A lot of twists and turns which I believe is what makes the movie so great. Expect the unexpected but even then don't get your hopes up because it just won't happen. All in all the movie has a good plot and condering to see it a second time. In concluon, don't always root for the good guys, because in the end, you may still lose....
Pennywise79 Sunday 5/06/2012 at 05:09 AM | 92931
Absolutely brilliant film. The best horror I've seen nce Halloween
joshk1986 Monday 6/18/2012 at 05:18 AM | 93715