Sunday, April 15, 2012

The Cabin in the Woods


What to say? This film is a self-aware teen horror, mocking its genre, setting and characters. It references various other horror films. It works on three connected levels: a large international corporation; a weekend away by five teens; an ancient underworld whose evil gods threaten humanity's existence. The action occurs in various distinct chapters (eg. 1. Pre-Cabin) and none of them prepare you for what's coming next.

It makes political comment on consumerist society, America's foreign policy etc. It makes you consider morality.

Joss Whedon is one of the minds behind it, so I kind of knew it would be awesome.

I have been analysing it over and over for about 24 hours. And while actually in the cinema, I was a nervous wreck - the Cabin's self-consciousness doesn't enable its audience to escape the very compelling fear. But every so often, you guffaw as well.

See it, please. (Though possibly not if of a nervous disposition. If I'd watched this at 15 I'd have pooed my pants. Just saying.)

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