Synopsis from IMDB
Five teenagers head off for a weekend at a secluded cabin in the woods. They arrive to find they are quite isolated with no means of communicating with the outside world. When the cellar door flings itself open, they of course go down to investigate. They find an odd assortment of relics and curios but when one of the women, Dana, reads from a book she awakens a family of deadly zombie killers. There's far more going on however than meets the eye as the five campers are all under observation.
Now I have said many of times before, being a horror movie fan is tough work. We are handed so much crap and still watch that crap for some resemblance of what we love. Now there have been a couple of exceptions to this recently, but none that have knocked my horror-loving ass out of my seat. Until now. I loved the hell out of this movie. Not only has Whedon and Goddard made a horror film that is genuinely scary, but also loads of fun. Thank you guys for showing people how it is done.
This movie was so clever, I am sure it will be stolen and repeated by other directors in the future. I love the idea of a whole company creating situations and people to serve a bigger purpose. This company controls these young college students who are all fun and smart. They have degrees and all. But the company makes them into the regular cliches we see in every horror film to cheat their way out of not having the world destroyed by these ancient badass gods. I love the variety of monsters in this movie. There was more than just the gods. The way they were unlocked was genius. It is so true, always draw the line at the Latin.
The charaters in the film were amazing. They were all close and knew each other very well. Everyone's favorite character was Marty (Francis Kranz), the potsmoker. He is the funniest character in the movie and he is the one with all the government conspiracy theories. He may have been high most of the time, but he figures things out a lot more quickly than everyone else. You also had Curt (Chris Hemsworth) the jock, Jules (Anna Hutchinson) the whore, Dana (Kristen Connolly) the virgin, and Holden (Jesse Williams) the scholar. The company made sure they all played into their game and they didn't even know. They were puppets. Goodness, this movie was brilliant!
The pace of the movie is great. When it starts you are really thrown off guard because it makes absolutely no sense. I actually thought I walked into the wrong theater for a second. But once the ball starts rolling, it makes so much sense. Creepy and devious as hell, but it will make sense. And the whole movie works that way. Everything that appears to have no meaning or is confusing will knock you over the head later.
For those that don't know, this film was shelved for about 4 years and was only now released. But what really sucks about that is the wait and the fact that when this finally came out, it wasn't advertised enough. This is a horror movie everyone of age should see and not enough did. I mean with all the time that has gone by, why not make the best of it? I just find that odd.
The only complaints (not much but something) I have with this film is that they don't explain how this company came about. How did they know about all those monsters? There was also a scene in this movie that needed explaining as well. There was a scene where the company got sabotaged, but they never went into who did it. I have a very strong suspicion of who it was, but they never returned back to that. It would have made an interesting subplot is all. But none of that really matters because the ending result will still be the same which was insane and bloody to say the least.
Overall, I recommend this to horror and nonhorror fans alike. The Cabin in the Woods is a super fun ride full of laughs and scares. We get everything from zombies to a homicidal unicorn (I know someone from Supernatural had to be connected to this) and many more monsters in between. Some of which I don't even have a name for (what the hell was that guy with razor thing going through his face?) Definitely check this movie out. You won't be sorry, just be cautious of any elevators.