Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

Links: TVTropes, Wikipedia, IMDB (7.3).

Well, that was an interesting take on a horror movie. Unfortunately, I can't really say much without spoiling everything. It's basically a deconstruction of slasher horror films, but not in the way you might expect: Scream, for instance, simply parodied the slasher genre conventions for laughs; this film instead asks why the genre conventions exist in the first place. And while this film has its morbidly funny moments (two words: happy frog), it also has entirely too much existential dread to qualify as a "horror comedy". (If you don't mind partial spoilers, you can watch the trailer. I recommend stopping at 1:38, when it says "THIS APRIL".) The film is co-written by Joss Whedon (who's having a good plot day in addition to the snappy dialogue one expects) and Drew Goddard (most notable in this context as a writer on late-season Buffy and Angel; faint praise, I know, but he did co-write Conversations with Dead People, the best ep of season 7). If you like Whedon and you like horror, this is a must-see. Score: 4 stars out of 4.

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1 comment:

  1. I finally got around to seeing this and it really is excellent. I'm a total wimp when it comes to horror, but this movie didn't scare me -- it was clever and fascinating, and difficult to describe to anyone. I would have found it very difficult to review, so terrific review.

    Marlene Detierro (Hummer Parts)