Scary Movie Marathon: The Cabin in the Woods (2012)


Title: The Cabin in the Woods
Release Date: April 13, 2012
Director: Drew Goddard
Production Company:Mutant Enemy Productions
Summary/Review:

Five college students (Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, and Jesse Williams) spend a weekend at a remote cabin which is full of oddities.  Soon enough they are being pursued by a Zombie Redneck Torture Family. But weirder still, through all of this they are being watched by engineers in an underground facility, lead by Gary Sitterson (Richard Jenkins)  and Steve Hadley (Bradley Whitford), who crack jokes, take bets, and celebrate their deaths. Is it a reality tv show?  Is it a commentary on how audiences are appeased with increasingly graphic and torturous slasher films?  Or is there something bigger behind it all?

Hint:  there is something bigger behind it all.  As for horror films, this one feels somewhat tame up until the final act when it becomes horrifically bloody (although even then a lot of the carnage is filmed in long shots), so consider yourself warned.  The Cabin in the Woods is a clever, thoughtful, and funny addition to the horror film canon.

Rating: ***

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