Review of Cabin in the Woods

Review of Cabin in the Woods
Dear everyone who told me to go see Zombieland, I’m returning the favor. You’re welcome.

Assuming Joss Whedon didn’t just fellate a whole bunch of critics this spring, this guy is pretty talented. I went to see the other movie in theaters by this Joss Whedon character mostly because of the poster art, but also because a horror movie got a 90% on the Tomatometer. Horror movies don’t get 90% from real critics. I overheard that it might be a parody of the genre, but tried not to hear anything else until I saw it. This precise premeditated ignorance is what aided to my enjoyment of the Sixth Sense. And marriage. But that’s a story for another day.

This movie was one part horror, one part parody served over tongue in cheek. It was Friday the 13th meets Adjustment Bureau meets Joss Whedon, as if somebody with a knack for comedic dialogue and creativity wrote a horror movie. And then wrote another movie to wrap around that movie.
GO SEE THE MOVIE BEFORE READING ANY FURTHER. I IMPLORE YOU. WELL ACTUALLY, DO WHATEVER THE HELL YOU WANT. IT’S YOUR LIFE. THANK YOU. BUT THERE ARE SPOILERS AHEAD. YOU’VE BEEN WARNED.
See, these five college kids find themselves going out to a creepy cabin in the creepy woods for the weekend. “I don’t think this gas pump knows about money.” Standard horror movie stuff happens. This is juxtaposed against these middle-class white business shirt wearing people in a control room taking bets and dancing to REO Speedwagon and planning (to some degree) the deaths of the college kids for the amusement of the spiteful Gods who will end the world if at least one country doesn’t come through with the death show. Confused? Well, not if you already saw the movie as I implored you to.
This movie had thrills, it had humor and it was original. And it was produced by my new BFF Joss Whedon. And a hot young blond chick took her shirt off. See! I told you to go see it. 9 bugs (out of 10)
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2 thoughts on “Review of Cabin in the Woods

  1. I also took it as a rather clever essay on the perils of working in the film industry. Trust me, the metaphor holds up — at least if what I’ve read about working in the film industry is true, because I’ve never worked in the film industry but love talking about it like I might.

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