Tuesday, October 18, 2016

1010. The Cabin in the Woods

The Cabin in the Woods
Directed by Drew Goddard

This is one of my favorite horror movies of all time.  As such, I have kind of dreaded writing about it.  I always feel as though I can be rather incoherent in my gushing.  So prepare yourselves.  I also worship Joss Whedon, so gushing might get a bit out of control.

I should probably start by saying that this movie is made for horror movie fans (more specifically, slasher movie fans) and if you don't enjoy those, you might not get a lot out of this film.  On the other hand, if you are like me and have spent many nights searching the darkest corners of Netflix trying to discover a decent slasher movie because you have seen all the famous ones already, this movie will speak to you.  Five friends decide to spend their break in a remote cabin in the woods.  Now I think, given this premise, we would all have certain expectations about what will happen and who will survive.  But this is Joss Whedon, people!  He lives to defy our expectations and break our hearts into a thousand pieces.

Being self aware doesn't always work in films.  I have seen movies that spend a lot of time winking at the camera, while still exhausting the same tired tropes.  Just because you are know you are performing cliches doesn't mean you are excused.  This movie manages to acknowledge many horror movie conventions while still being fresh.  I would go into more detail, but I am not sure what qualifies as spoilers in a film like this.

Anyway, I might go into more details about why I love this movie in the comments section, so I will give a preliminary spoiler warning.  But I will close with this Joss Whedon quote: "Make it dark, make it grim, make it tough, but then, for the love of God, tell a joke."

RATING: *****

Interesting Facts:

Drew Goddard was inspired by his upbringing in Los Alamos, where scientists lived ordinary, routine lives while building nuclear weapons.

Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard wrote the script in three days.


  1. I have a feeling that my reply is rather pointless .. as you recognise .. I just don't get slasher movies and find them boring, but fully acknowledge you do, and good for you.
    I had to look up just who Joss Whedon was (sorry Amanda) (Shows out of such things I am), and found him saying "The things that I don't like are kids acting like idiots, the devolution of the horror movie into torture porn and into a long series of sadistic comeuppances" ... well, perhaps I wasn't paying much attention to this, but I seem to remember we had the usual parade of obnoxious teens...
    Anyway, delighted to see you so enthusiastic about a film, and glad you enjoyed it .

  2. iI did not like this movie, and I have to say, found it very boring. I do realize it's a different generation. I am still locking the bathroom door every single time I use the bathroom because of Psycho. From a million years ago. I don't understand the newer movies that are supposed to scare me. They just get on my nerves. Sorry, Amanda.

  3. Hi Ray! I didn't think the characters were obnoxious in this one. At least, they don't start out that way. Then the scientists/writers slowly strip away the characters' quirks until they represent stock horror movie types. I thought it was brilliant!

    Sorry you found it borign Diana! I'm still scared of Psycho too.