Your Textbook Horror Movie on Steroids
I’m not sure what just happened. I mean, I went to the theaters knowing I was about to witness some kind of weird science experiment unfold, but I had no idea of the caliber of Cabin in the Woods. It was a trip.
We ran up to the Valley for this one, and ate at Weiler’s Deli before the show (which was lovely…I had the Monte Cristo sandwich, they nailed it). Unfortunately, this meant a full stomach, so I had to forgo the popcorn (breaking one of my movie going commandments, but rules were meant to be broken, right?). The best part about the AMC Woodland Hills is that you are able to bring in outside food and drinks. Since I was already full and it was about 85 degrees out in the Valley that day, I stopped and got myself a Dr. Pepper from the food court. “I must’ve drank me about 15 Dr. Peppers…” Sorry, couldn’t resist.
So the movie opens up like a million other horror movies. College kids on their way to a cabin in the woods. There’s a Jock and Party Girl, a Book Worm (in this case a boy-girl combo), and the Stoner. I’m talkin’ text book Horror Movie 101. They load up into an RV and head off to some back woods, middle of nowhere place. Do they stop off at some sort of creepy little hick store? Where the sign says closed but they go inside anyways? You bet they do. This is where the group meets up with Mordecai, the crazy, chaw spitting, store owner. They get their warnings and whatnots and keep on going to their destination. What’s the worst that could happen?
Well, what happens over the next hour is all out originality. I’ve never seen anything like it. I mean, whoever thought of this movie HAD to be on something. I’ve got it right here, written by Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard. Whedon wrote Toy Story, Goddard wrote Cloverfield, Alias’ and a few episodes of Lost (a bump up in my book, because Lost was epic) and they both worked together on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. With Goddard sitting in the director’s chair, I should have realized the potential for this movie to go blasting off into no-mans-land a little more, especially at the end. Anyway, HOW these guys came up with this movie is beyond me. My guess is that it involved a comfortable couch and maybe some sort of secret story telling enhancer…whatever that may be, it was out there.
I can’t really review this movie much more without ruining the surprises, but I will tell you that this movie is very original. It took the typical horror movie and flipped it on its ear. It also had quite a few funny scenes; Bradley Whitford (Eric in Billy Madison) and Richard Jenkins (Dad in Step Brothers) are hilarious. I think Jenkins gets funnier and funnier in every movie he does.
Go check this one out, but remember I warned you of the insanity.
Nic D. Movie Scale – 4/5