The Cabin in the Woods details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford, Richard Jenkins / Bradley Whitford|
|Collections:||Horrors, latest releases, September - Horror/Action|
The Cabin in the Woods
|Run time:||1 hour 35 minutes|
|Rental release:||24 Sep 2012|
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I'm not quite sure what it is, but I like itBy BlaiseT (13 reviews) from Nottingham , 13 Apr 2012
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[Highly rated reviewer]The Cabin In The Woods is absolutely mad, and if you're a horror fan, you should see it. You may leave unsure whether you've just watched a parody, a loving homage or an elegant deconstruction of the genre (and critics will likely argue all three and more), but whatever it is, it's smart and funny and thoroughly entertaining.
There's an infamous plot twist which honestly, isn't critically important, so if you have a loud-mouthed friend who has already blurted it out, it won't ruin much. Although we start with a party in a backwoods cabin, copious amounts of beer and weed, and a group of attractive young people including a braying alpha male party dude, his highly sexed blonde girlfriend, a nerd, a goofy comic relief stoner and a smart brunette who is the obvious candidate for the position of Final Girl, it's clear right from the start that this isn't a straightforward story about college kids versus hillbillies or zombies, even when they start reading Latin out loud from that creepy beaten-up old diary they find in the cellar. There are frequent cuts to some kind of sinister, sciencey looking facility where people in lab coats are manipulating everything around the cabin from temperature levels through to the release of terrifying monsters. But why? Well, there's the plot twist.
It's difficult to say much more, but The Cabin In The Woods throws everything at the camera that a horror fan could possibly want without descending into cheesy and obvious fan-pandering. There are dozens of references and appearances of everything across the genre from Hellraiser to Evil Dead to a surprisingly fitting unicorn, but there is a genuine plot, and despite some rather funny banter and wacky situations, it's not a straight-up comedy at all. Is it actually horror then? Not entirely, it makes audiences jump, but it's the kind of slightly absurd premise that won't give even casual viewers a sleepless night. However, this is definitely a film made for horror fans. It's wickedly entertaining and knows how to be both smart and silly (it contains both unicorns and Fornicus, Lord of Pain and Bondage, for heaven's sake!) and the only reason for a horror fan to give this movie a miss is if they really hate fun.
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Lively, witty, enjoyably daftBy sf25 (4 reviews) from Chester , 19 Apr 2013
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideI think the people who disliked this wanted a straight-up horror film. This isnt it. It's a more contemporary tribute to the format, that includes a few jumpy moments and plays up the cliches. If you get this its entertaining like a catchphrase, if you don't then you'll see it as 'predictable'. the end is a little daft, but fast-paced enough to be enjoyable. If you liked Buffy, you'll like this.
Silly horror that doesn't convince on any levelBy a customer , 19 Apr 2013It promised so much but failed to deliver. Tried so hard to be different to similar horrors but only succeeded in becoming sillier. Not remotely scary but at least the acting was of a consistent standard - awful.
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Enjoyable escapism with a glass of wine and a curry on your kneeBy Sleepwell (17 reviews) , 19 Apr 2013A horror movie-lite for those who prefer 'fun' horror to sadistic mutilation. It is a film of 2 halves - with the classic 'kids in a cabin in the woods' formula followed by something a little different. A bit like the twist in Dusk 'Til Dawn but with only a small percentage of the style.
Something a little differentBy Oxie (4 reviews) from Truro , 19 Apr 2013A different type of horror / zombie movie - you think it's going to be a slash type movie that happens in the cabin and the woods but it does have a certain twist of events which will surprise the viewer from a normal teen slash and die movie - certainly worth a watch though ð
An entertaining cabin.By LittleDai (8 reviews) , 17 Apr 2013If you are looking for a movie that is unconventional in its storyline, then Cabin in the woods is it. Having not read too much about the film but had made up my mind as to what it would be all about I decided to give it a go. For the first half to three quarters of the way through it was fairly predictable but well made and acted. Then having had hints throughout that there might be more to this standard horror movie than meets the eye all the logical storyline went on a weird but entertaining course. All in all this film is well made with great SFX and good entertainment.