Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods for some fun and relaxation. There they realize that all is not what it seems to be as they must discover the secrets of the cabin to stay alive. Clever kills and twist ensue.
This is the one of the best horror movies I have seen in a long time. I mean amazing! My mind was blown away in the theater as twist after twist were thrown at me. This takes place in a cabin in the woods, hence the name, and it is then occupied by five friends. It’s very “Evil Dead”-ish in the setting and plot, but kicks into high gear as the kills began. But this movie had its own hell to endure as it was stuck in distribution hell since it was hot n 2009. I believe they released after the huge success Chris Hemsworth received playing Thor and Captain Kirk’s dad.
Drew Goddard (Cloverfield) directed and Joss Whedon (Firefly) produced this film and it was seen on screen. I am a huge fan of Whedon’s ever since “Firefly” and I loved “Cloverfield”. Its as if they made this movie to serve as a love letter to all the fans out there. The absolute best part about this movie is if you are a horror fan such as my self, you will get all the references in this movie. Friday The 13th, Hellraiser, and all the beloved 80’s flick show come out of hiding as horror fans everywhere have their question answered as to why do people split in scary movies? Have sex outside? Drop weapons or take a piss in the woods? I think I love it the move is because it heavily references “Evil Dead”. The cabin, with the basement, and the book. Wink, Wink.
We are introduced to sub-plot not so far away as we see two employees of an underground agency pulling all the levers and pushing all the button in the cabin scenario. This is what separates this movie to all other horror movies as you are vividly pulled “behind the scenes” of a ‘horror flick” and get to understand why and how it all work. It’s really simple. And the entire story twist is worth the admission alone when these two stories come together and what it’s all for. Trust me. Its GENIUS. (*Kicks self in head for not thinking of the idea first)
I gave this movie our highest score because this is one of few horrors that does not leave you when you stop watching it. Instead of remembering cool death kills or naked chick, it makes you ponder about all the other scary movies you have seen in your past. This movie did to Evil Dead and all other horror movies what Scream did to slasher films.
The cast selected here was incredible as we get some less unknown actors led by Thor himself. Chris Hemworth rounds out the group of friends as Curt, the alpha male jock, along with his blonde slutty girlfriend, Jules (Anna Hutchinson). The good girl Dana and the egg-head Holden are played great by Kristen Connolly and Jesse Williams but the scene-stealer and my favorite character/actor in the film is Fran Kranz who plays the brilliant paranoid pothead Marty.
Now I know what you are thinking. Yes, those are the obvious stereotypes in every horror movie, but trust me, it’s explained. The character development here is at an all time low, but there is a reason why and it works out in the end. You actually end up caring for these characters. Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford play the main employees on the other side of the scene and do very well with their part. We are treated to a delightful cameo by no other than “Alien” survivor Sigourney Weaver herself as The Director. I’m trying to not give any spoilers away, so I must end this review before I keep going. In closing, to every horror fan out there, this is a MANDATORY movie to see. And to all you people out there that aren’t fond of the genre and think its predictable, all I can say is “you think you know the story…”
- Shot in 2009, but not released until 2012.
- The film’s release date was postponed because the studio wanted to convert it to 3D, despite objections from Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard. These plans were eventually scrapped, and the film was released only in 2D.
- Immediately after an early preview screening with fan Q&A, the first question Director Drew Goddard was asked was, “Will there be a sequel?” To which he responded, “Have you seen the ending to my movie?”