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The Cabin in the Woods

(DVD - 2012)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
The Cabin in the Woods
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A rambunctious group of five college friends steal away for a weekend of debauchery in an isolated country cabin, only to be attacked by horrific supernatural creatures in a night of endless terror and bloodshed. As the teens begin to exhibit standard horror movie behavior, a group of technicians in a control room are scrutinizing and sometimes even controlling every move the terrified kids make. Do they have any chance of escape?
Publisher: Santa Monica, Calif. : Lions Gate Home Entertainment, [2012].
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 95 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.

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Dec 12, 2014
  • Nursebob rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

With influences as varied as Sam Raimi, Kevin Smith, and Michael Haneke, Drew Goddard’s wickedly original monster movie doesn’t just poke fun at every single horror cliché you can think of, it mercilessly exploits them for its own twisted purpose while at the same time shooting genre fans a big lop-sided grin. Starting out like any other teen scream movie, the usual college archetypes (slut, jock, stoner, virgin, egghead) climb into a van and head for a cousin’s backwoods cabin for a weekend of alcohol-fuelled mischief. But this is not going to be an ordinary getaway for right from the beginning their every move is being monitored and manipulated by a small army of technicians nestled in an elaborate underground complex brimming with high-tech wizardry. From a creepy encounter with a gas station attendant to a pile of unpleasant surprises awaiting them in the cabin’s basement, everything seems to be scripted, right down to the cleverly concealed nozzles emitting mood-altering pheromones. When the scary stuff finally does arrive the unfortunate kids are left to fight for their lives while their cynical observers crack jokes and sip coffee. Only gradually do we become aware of the reasons behind this intricate ruse, and the final earthshaking reveal proves both monstrously evil and brazenly cheeky. Goddard’s impish mix of paranoia, terror, and youtube parody pays loving (if somewhat warped) homage to so many cult favourites I lost count, but sly references to The Shining, Evil Dead, Hellraiser, and Stephen King’s It were unmistakable. A conspiracy theory penned by H. P. Lovecraft, a satirical jab at what makes audiences squirm, or a smug practical joke aimed at our insatiable appetite for the macabre; The Cabin in the Woods is all of these, plus a damned good time to boot!

“The Cabin in the Woods” is a Joss Whedon film from 2012. It follows five unfortunate friends as they take a vacation to a remote cabin located in the eerie woods. As it turns out, the cabin belongs to the secret ‘Organization’, which is a group that needs to sacrifice five teens (each teen fitting into a certain ‘role’) in order to satisfy multiple ancient creatures that live under Earth’s surface. As the teens vacation, they unwittingly release a family of bloodthirsty, redneck zombies from the ‘Organization’. The teens are slowly picked off based on their roles, but luckily, two teens manage to evade the zombies and the ‘Organization’ long enough to unleash Hell onto the ones who want them dead.

“The Cabin in the Woods” is an extremely clever movie. It follows the base layout of typical monster movies (eg a naïve group of friends accidentally unleash a monster onto themselves), but offers a unique twist, as the characters are forced into stereotypical roles and activities that they would not normally fulfill in order to be sacrifices to the monster of the movie. The makeup and special effects in the movie are extremely well done, and all of the acting is phenomenal. While “The Cabin in the Woods” is a horror movie based on stereotypes, it makes use of a new outlook on the stereotypes to create an entertainingly intricate plot.

Overall, “The Cabin in the Woods” is a highly recommended film. It is a unique and clever take on the general monster movie genre, and is suitable for ages fifteen and up due to gore, horror, and nudity. Please be advised though that this film is incredibly gory, and is not for people who do not enjoy the horror genre and/or scare easily.

Jun 22, 2014
  • gage2010 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Funny movie if you like goofy horror like Scream. If not, I'd skip it.
Not scary at all. My 11 year old sister can't handle horror and didn't get scared, but laughed at their reactions.
Plus all the main guys are hot and the girls are pretty and Joss Whedon and Sigourney Weaver collaborated. What's more to ask?
Oh, for fun, count how many people are in this that have worked with Joss before. I found at least two. (Fran Kranz <3 and Amy Acker.)

Jun 22, 2014
  • kailisha_o rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

this was the most stupidiest movie I ever watched

Apr 17, 2014
  • jazeebelle rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

i give very few movies all 5 stars, but this one earned it. It's original. it offers amazingly fun twists and the ending is BRILLIANT. DONT look into what it's about, just think of it as the cliche "5 college friends in a cabin for the weekend"... because this movie is ANYTHING BUT cliche.

Mar 05, 2014
  • Vilka rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Ever wonder why the people in horror movies act so dumb? This movie gives you one possible explanation. This horror almost-comedy pokes fun at horror movie clichés (without exactly spoofing them) while being a modern-day twist on Lovecraftian stories or The Lottery. The trick is not to take it seriously. I enjoyed it as a casual watch.

Jan 11, 2014
  • Ltoepfer71 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

So bad that my son and I want someone to get back the 2 hours of our lives we wasted.

Nov 30, 2013
  • lcrayton2477 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed it. It was cheesy and unsuspecting but different from your normal run of the mill horror movie. It reminded me of the Truman Show movie only bloody. I was surprised to see Sigorney Weaver (with her successful and award winning repertoire) and even Chris Helmsworth. I thought he had made a name for himself with Thor and Avengers but this movie was done in 2009/2010 and pushed out to 2012 so im sure he needed the money and wanted to get some b-movies under his belt. At any rate I wont complain and slam it too much. It was free with a few laughs so enjoy.

Aug 26, 2013
  • DemonDan13 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

In a film industry populated with boring horror flicks, this one really introduced something new to the genre.

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Jan 02, 2013
  • Thorinbear99 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Other: Outlandish

Jan 02, 2013
  • Thorinbear99 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Near the end

Jan 02, 2013
  • Thorinbear99 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: yes, college horny students.

Jan 02, 2013
  • Thorinbear99 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Violence: Yes, The kids do get knocked off.

Jan 02, 2013
  • Thorinbear99 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: Plenty of it.

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Mar 09, 2013
  • aaa5756 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

“It’s fun to be a vampire. You sleep all day and party all night.”
The lost boys

Mar 07, 2013
  • mrsgail5756 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

“A joke is a very serious thing.” -Winston Churchill

Mar 07, 2013
  • mrsgail5756 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

“Getting old is wonderful, when you consider the alternative.” -Anonymous

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Marty: "Good work, zombie arm."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Mordecai: "Cleanse them. Cleanse the world of their ignorance and sin. Bathe them in the crimson of -- am I on speakerphone?" Hadley: "No, no of course not." Mordecai: "Yes I am. I can hear the echo. Take me off. Now." Hadley: "Okay, sorry." Mordecai: "I'm not kidding. It's rude. I don't know who's in the room."

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Jun 22, 2014
  • gage2010 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

gage2010 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

Aug 24, 2013
  • 3o3 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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May 19, 2013
  • punky76 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jan 02, 2013
  • Thorinbear99 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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