Cabin In The Woods

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Finally got around to seeing Cabin In The Woods a few nights ago……

First off, I was excited as hell to see this movie.  I had heard great things about it from friends, horror fans across the internet have been singing praises about it and most of all it had the stamp of approval from Joss Whedon of whom I adore everything he touche’s.  As well the co-writer and director Drew Goddard was the brains behind the 2008 movie Cloverfield which he wrote.  I was really impressed by Cloverfield as it was a really new and cool approach to the monster movie genre.  Even though a ton of people complained about the shaky camera work giving them nausea.  But I digress.  However……

I was not that impressed by this meta-horror movie.  Cabin In The Woods try’s to break the shackles of the horror genre and create something new.  Don’t worry there are no spoiler alerts here because I know a lot of you will want to watch the film and will most likely enjoy it.  But my problem was it tried to be something it isn’t and I was not a fan of how they tried to break the mold.  I do give everyone involved credit as it is an ambitious task to try something new in the horror realm, but it just didn’t land for me.  It reminded me a lot of the movie Scream.  Trying to poke fun at horror movies while still using their conventions.

As well the characters are pretty weak.  Not much went into their development which is pretty usual for horror flicks.  But I found myself not caring who lived and who died.  I felt nothing for them as people.  Even Thor himself (Chris Hemsworth) couldn’t do anything to save the movie.

The first half was really good and had me stoked about the rest of the movie, but then it went off the rails with the sub plot.  It’s not that the sub plot was all that bad.  It was a pretty cool concept and a great idea, it was just poorly done.

It could of been scarier, it could have been better executed and it just plain could have been better.  I was disappointed.  I’m probably going to have a lot of pissed off fan boys for making this statement and I’m fine with that.  So I have to ask what did you guys think of The Cabin In The Woods?

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