Where This Meets That
The Cabin in the Woods is a refreshingly original gore-fest. It is equal parts horror movie spoof and social commentary that combine for one wild ride.
Take five friends – a jock, a floozie, an intellectual, a stoner, and a “virgin” – and put them in a borrowed “cabin in the woods” for a wild weekend getaway that instead gets wildly away from them. Seen the basic premise before, right? Evil Dead? Friday the 13th? Heck, even Scooby-Doo?
Except you haven’t like this.
The Cabin in the Woods mocks its own premise and fan base, as well as everything from rednecks and pop culture to conspiracy theories, governments, and gods.
It is plenty funny while being plenty gory, and it’s got layers of social commentary without pressing you to seriously “think” about it, but its “horror” elements aren’t an end in themselves. In other words, while I was frequently amused and grossed out, I was never spooked in the least.
Still, if you’re looking for a horror film that breaks the mold this Halloween season, this might be a welcome watch.