Cabin in the Woods

From left to right: Curt (Chris Hemsworth), Holden (Jesse Williams), Jules (Anna Hutchison), Marty (Fran Kranz) and Dana (Kristen Connolly) in THE CABIN IN THE WOODS.
Having heard very mixed opinions, I thought it was finally time to get round to seeing this. What I found was clever, and successfully mixes humour, gore, scares and surprises to make for an entertaining movie.
When I watch horror films I tend to spend it shouting at the screen. Don’t go up the stairs! Don’t split up! It’s good fun guessing who will buy it next and then cringing whilst they meet their demise.
Cabin turns this all on it’s head though. You’re still waiting for the next event, but it never turns out how you expect it.
I can’t say anything more for fear of spoilers. This is one film that would suffer really badly if I let anything slip.
It has all the trappings of a standard horror film. Good looking young cast, creepy looking cabin and woods, and gore by the bucket load. But it has a lot more in its locker. If you write it off as just another slasher or piece of torture-porn, you’ll be missing out. The writers clearly know and love their horror films, and I feel this is them giving us something fresh, after years of turgid remakes and sequels filling the genre. Give it a go.

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