The Cabin In The Woods – cinema review
I was already looking forward to being swept away by The Cabin In The Woods, the trailer gave away all and nothing in one go and with Joss Whedon attached and Chris Hemsworth starring, the bar of expectation was set high. Couple this with the fact we had snuck our own drinks into the cinema and the thrill of living life on the edge had the heart racing before the credits rolled.
If I am a fanboy then it is fair to say that Whedon is my King, a mantle he proudly wears throughout TCITW with reference after reference to any number of cult classic horror franchises (Evil Dead, Hellraiser, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the list goes on) but done in style and delivered with tongue in cheek panache.
To reveal too much of the plot is to ruin the ride and unlike so many horror movies, the plot is key to the success of the film, there actually is one and thanks to the spot on casting, it works well. What you think is going to happen and what actually does take place are two very different things, the hints in the trailer, for once, do not reveal all.
Playing with the horror stereotypes (jock, virgin, stoner etc) and serving up a perfect balance between comedy and shocks, it is no exaggeration to say that TCITW has the potential to be a horror game changer in the same way The Blair Witch Project or Scream were in their day.
I want to tell you more, in fact I want to talk about this film continuously, I loved it that much! However, until you have seen it for yourself it is only going to undermine the thrill of seeing it for yourselves. So hurry up, finish what you are doing and get down to your local multiplex to check it out. Then come back to me and we can talk.
Jules says… 5/5