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The Cabin in the Woods – Sharp, funny and intriguing take on horror

The Cabin in the Woods - Theater Review
Release Date: 04/13/2012 - MPAA Rating: R
Clacker Rating: 4 Clacks

'The Cabin in the Woods' is a clever and fascinating movie that elevates the horror genre to new heights.

WARNING: MILD SPOILERS AHEAD — your enjoyment of this movie may be affected by the revelatory information that follows

So the conceit of the movie concerns our non-archetype characters (Richard JenkinsBradley Whitford, and Amy Acker), whom we first see in a very normal office — soon it becomes clear they are engineering the entire trip to the woods, although for unknown reasons at first. I figured out the purpose behind their machinations as soon as they made the first non-subtle reference about it. The idea of constructing an artificial environment with real people has been done before (most notably in the brilliant The Truman Show), so the twist is that horror movie tropes are utilized as intentional aspects of the construction. I still found the movie enjoyable, but in some ways it felt very familiar, even though I’d recommend it to most, unless they just can’t handle the gore.


Photo Credit: Lionsgate

3 Responses to “The Cabin in the Woods – Sharp, funny and intriguing take on horror”

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April 27, 2012 at 10:33 AM

I’m kind of surprised you didn’t include Shaun of the Dead in with Dale and Tucker for great homage/parody horror movies.

But yes, almost a week after seeing the movie I have to say I really enjoyed it even if it has some weak bits.

April 27, 2012 at 10:45 AM

In some ways, I found Shaun of the Dead to be more of a zombie movie with funny elements, but nearly identical to the movies it parodied. Tucker & Dale and Cabin went entirely other directions.

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