The Cabin in the Woods (2011)
Director: Drew Goddard
4.5/ 5 zedheads
What's a review of The Cabin in the Woods doing on a zombie blog? Is it a zombie movie?
Well, like most of you, I've been avoiding spoilers for this movie from co-writers Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard like the zombie plague, so I'm not going to be the one to give away the real story.
What I can say, however, is this: The Cabin in the Woods begins as a story we've seen time and time again, but it's more than it seems. Five friends -- the jock (Chris Hemsworth), the good girl (Kristen Connolly), the slutty one (Anna Hutchison), the brain (Jesse Williams), and the stoner (Fran Kranz) -- head out to a remote and sketchy-looking cabin for the weekend. Against all good sense, they unleash horror. There is blood and pain. But the "how" and "why" and the plot that binds these familiar conventions are anything but conventional. The Cabin in the Woods is an unfolding mystery in which the third act is not just a means to a climax but an integral part of the puzzle, a puzzle that culminates in an ambitious, mind-blowing set piece of pure fanboy horrorgasm.
|Don't go in the basement. You'll be THOR-Y!|
|When is a zombie movie not a zombie movie?|
|Hey baby, you know what they say about a guy with big teeth.|
|Mirror mirror on the wall, who's the first victim of them all?|
Do yourself a favor. If the recent offering of horror at the local multiplex has left you cold -- if you're tired of the countless unimaginative remakes that tarnish the legacy of classic horror -- go see The Cabin in the Woods.