Marcus Reviews The Cabin the Woods

28 Apr

Synopsis:

Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods. Bad things happen. If you think you know this story, think again.

What I Liked:

The writing in this movie is by far it’s greatest strength and what made it truly special. Goddard and Whedon did a phenomenal job crafting a truly original script that was genuinely funny, controversial and intelligent. Without these two writing this movie I’m not sure if it would’ve been as impactful as it turned out to be.

Normally characters in horror movies are unlikable but once again due to Goddard and Whedon’s genius writing, all of the characters were fun to watch. The standouts to me were Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford as the wisecracking “puppeteers” of the project, Kristen Connolly as reluctant heroine, Dana, and Fran Kranz as Marty the surprisingly profound stoner, Marty.

The costume design and CGI in the movie were really impressive for a film with only a 30 million dollar budget. Most of the effectiveness of the scares came from the strong costume design.

The movie was really well paced and did a great job of keeping you on the edge of your set wondering what was next. Everyone in the theater left completely wired.

The final act of this movie was one of the coolest things that I’ve ever seen.

The scoring of this movie was brilliant with the way it toyed with the audiences emotions. There were a lot of false scares followed by an actual one and the music really helped lure the audience into a false sense of security only to betray them a second later.

What I Didn’t Like:

 There is honestly not one thing that I didn’t like about this movie. It was the perfect horror film in my eyes.

Overall:

 The Cabin In The Woods was a ballsy film to make but the risk paid off and resulted in the best horror movie that I’ve ever seen in my life. Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon have crafted a totally innovative and self aware film that gathers up every horror movie stereotype, monster and cliche takes it out back and proceeds to put them out of their misery. It’s one of the rare movies that comes along every now and then that is viewed as a “game changer” and I honestly find myself wondering how it’ll effect he way that horror movies are made from here on out. The last time I left the theater feeling this enriched after watching a horror movie was when I saw the first Saw. This is destined to go into the annals of film history as a horror classic.

Rating: A

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