A group of friends head out on a trip to a remote cabin, owned by Curt’s cousin. On the way, they encounter a creepy guy at a gas station who issues an eerie, cryptic warning. Instead of turning back, they carry on, arriving at the cabin which seems to house much more than it seems. It’s a standard story, the type we’re used to now with slasher flicks and horror movies centred around teenage/young adult characters. Except The Cabin In The Woods goes much, much deeper.
It’s not a parody or a spoof. It’s a satire, and a very brilliant one at that.
I admit, it took me way too long to actually sit down and watch this. I’d heard great things about it, and I’ve yet to meet someone who has seen it and not liked it. Yet everyone, whether in conversations or reviews, does something very well; nothing is given away. The film will surprise you in multiple ways, there are twists and turns aplenty and these are done in a way that doesn’t feel forced at all.
The characters are played really well by the various cast members, each acting up to their own stereotypes and seeming to have a lot of fun doing it. There are moments where I was laughing, hard, and seconds later cringing back at what was actually going on. It’s a film that does both horror and humour really well, balancing the two brilliantly.
As for the setting, the cabin itself is terrifying in its own unique way, with the creepy basement, the one way mirror and disturbing paintings. And like most of the films this is a satire of, it’s hard to work out why this people don’t just leave. (Watch it and find out)
The Cabin In The Woods is not just a brilliant horror film, but an excellent satirical look at the genre. If you haven’t seen it yet, watch it. Seriously. You’re really missing out.