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Film Review: The Cabin in the Woods (Much More than your Average Slasher Movie)

It’s hard to do a decent review of this film without giving the plot away so I’ll keep this short.

 The Cabin in the Woods = Slasher flick meets Buffy.

We’ve got 5 college students going off for a peaceful trip to the woods and we know they’re about to be picked off one by one, but this isn’t simply another serial killer movie.  Here we have gamemakers Bradley Whitford (from The West Wing) and Richard Jenkins sitting comfortable in their secure conference room watching everything the players do.  Among this team of engineers/supervisors is Amy Acker (Fred from Angel and Dr. Saunders from Dollhouse; Joss Whedon seems to be loyal to his former staff). So we’ve got something of an adult Hunger Games going on here. Quite intriguing.

Back to the pitiful puppets.  There’s Dana (Kristen Connelly), the virginal, or close to virginal intelligent red-head, stoner Marty (Franz Kranz playing the same type of nerdy but loveably character he played in Dollhouse), the jock, Curt (Chris Hemsworth), his bubbly girlfriend Jules (Anna Hutchinson) and single guy Holden (Jesse Williams from Grey’s Anatomy).  Little do they know that they are pawns in someone else’s deadly game.

That’s as far as I can go plot-wise without ruining this film. Fans of Buffy, Joss Whedon and clever horror films will eat this up. It’s bloody and gory so if slasher flicks are not your thing then you might want to avoid this, but you will be missing out.  This is a horror film at its best: scary, funny in parts, intelligent with an underlying mythology and an original plot, characters that are likeable, and it will make you jump. The setting is also beautiful and spooky.  This film salutes a lot of past horror movie and reminded me of Friday the 13th, Wrong Turn and the “Homecoming” episode in season 3 of Buffy with Buffy and Cordelia unwittingly taking part in Slayer Fest ’98.  The Cabin in the Woods is a tongue-in-cheek story, very like the humour in Buffy.  It was great to watch on the big screen and I’ll be adding it to my dvd collection in the coming months. *****

I don’t think the trailer does this film justice so it’s best to avoid it if you can.

So has anyone seen this film yet? What did you think of it?