DaOmega_1's review of "The Cabin in the Woods"

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 6 years ago '05        #1
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DaOmega_1's review of "The Cabin in the Woods"
 

 

Summary for those who need it: Way smarter than you are expecting, "Cabin In The Woods" will surprise some, frustrate others, and may change the way you look at horror films.
I suspect after watching this film, one may not be able to look at horror films the same. The main reason being that this film singlehandedly has broken the genre, and has given us a complete and thorough deconstruction of horror films. Here is a film that goes further than any horror satire has ever gone in examining the horror genre. The last film to really try and do it was Scream. And even then, all "Scream" did was reference the cliches. "Cabin In The Woods" is not merely satisfied with referencing cliches, it goes so far as to point out ALL the reasons why the cliches even exist in the first place.

It may be considered required viewing if you call yourself a fan of horror films.

Look at this film as more of a horror comedy. A horror comedy in the sense that there is lots of blood & gore, lots of k!lling, yet the movie the movie has an air of "fun" to it. It is almost ALWAYS constantly filled with clever dialogue. The film itself is so clever, so funny, and so witty that it almost makes you forget your watching a horror film up until the moment that a brutal death happens.

So, the movie follows five young adults who are venturing out into a secluded cabin for a weekend of fun. However, all is not as it seems.

I really cannot tell you anything else about the plot itself. The less you know, the better. All you need to know is that if it sounds cliche, that's because its for a reason. The movie takes a big giant left turn that feels not only organic, but actually makes the film better. To simply tell you would ruin the fun of discovering the purpose behind everything that is happening.

The performances are great. And, that is because the actors are given great dialogue (no wonder, it comes from Joss Whedon). The performances, the aesthetic, the humor all harkens back to one of my favorite horror comedies... Evil Dead 2. It doesn't have the same manic style that Evil Dead 2 has. Instead, it has more of the pitch perfect balance of humor and horror. I label this the same way I label "Evil Dead 2"... A fun horror film, not a serious one.

The problems arise in that the film has such an air of fun to it, that sometimes it doesn't seem as scary as it should be. It may hinder some viewers who are expecting an out-&-out horror film. But, at some point, viewers will become hip to what the film is doing. However, it will be a hinderance to some people that they might not be able to get over. You need to know if you're one of those people.

What pushed it over the edge, for me, is the 3rd act. See... For the first two acts, I just "liked" it. In the 3rd act, it became unbelievably great. The stuff they do... It is so original and so fresh. The 3rd act really shows us what is great about horror, and what it can be capable of.

I would love to give it a higher score than what I'm about to give it. BUT, I know y'all... I know some people on here REALLY won't like it. But, I know some of y'all as well will really like it as much as I did. You really should see it for yourself, and prepare for something that you most likely will not be expecting.

SCORE: 8.5 (out of 10) = DOPE


Last edited by DaOmega_1; 04-11-2012 at 11:29 PM..

151 comments for "DaOmega_1's review of "The Cabin in the Woods""

 6 years ago '05        #2
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 pu$$y said:
looking to check it out

i hope AMC theaters will be showing this, not trying to make that drive to DC
it's in wide release, so more than likely, it'll be at your nearby AMC.
 6 years ago '09        #3
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man i had a gut feeling this was gonna go hard just off the trailer...cant wait to see it now
 04-12-2012, 12:38 AM         #4
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Going to see it middle of next week. I'm pumped.
 6 years ago '09        #5
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gonna walk into the movie theatre like:


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 6 years ago '06        #6
coolio 57 heat pts57
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i thought it was gonna be kinda stupid from the trailer but its been getting pretty good reviews imma check it out
 6 years ago '04        #7
marcchrome 42 heat pts42
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been wanting to see this...........
 6 years ago '10        #8
Agentzer0oo0 209 heat pts209
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@ 8.5

@ this film being not only a great horror film but pushes the envelope on horror satire

@ the performances being really good & tastefully witty


Bro....when I saw the TV spot I almost burst out laughing but if it's that good you know I gotta check this out in some sort of capacity, I'm very intrigued.

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 6 years ago '05        #9
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 Rico23 said:
I'm shocked too...I'll check it out this weekend




O yea...inb4armondwhitescockwrangler
 04-12-2012, 11:52 AM         #10
youknowmystelo 
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Didn't read.
 6 years ago '04        #11
GodsFavorite 101 heat pts101
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question about the ending, please spoil


[spoiler - click to view]

 6 years ago '04        #12
matelyan 21 heat pts21
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 GodsFavorite said:
question about the ending, please spoil


[spoiler - click to view]

I read the spoiler/ plot synopsis they currently have online and it said they did. And even after reading everything there is to know about the film, I still want to see how it plays out on screen
 6 years ago '05        #13
DaOmega_1 271 heat pts271 OP
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 youknowmystelo said:
Didn't read.
Figured you wouldn't...
 GodsFavorite said:
question about the ending, please spoil


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 6 years ago '06        #14
hollyfield420 23 heat pts23
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Awesome review, poking forward to seeing it now
 6 years ago '07        #15
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joss whedon wrote? def watchin.
 6 years ago '09        #16
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I'm hyped for a good horror film..I'm there tomorrow night.
 04-12-2012, 06:54 PM         #17
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 Final Boss said:
gonna walk into the movie theatre like:


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 6 years ago '05        #18
DaOmega_1 271 heat pts271 OP
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 all3rd said:
It was good and funny but the last ten minutes got way too silly 7 out of 10.
I'm not sure it was any sillier than what else was in the movie.
 6 years ago '09        #19
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 Final Boss said:
gonna walk into the movie theatre like:


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this is still one of the best gifs ever

I was hoping it was good. I will be seeing this, I just hope I like it lol
 6 years ago '05        #20
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Yo this fu*king movie was on some other sh*t.. had me tripping... Once they get in the shaft to go down, I wasn't expecting any of that sh*t towards to the end.. Got damn...
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