Review: The Cabin in the Woods (2012 movie)

Cowriter Joss Whedon and writer-director Drew Goddard send a group of college students to a cabin in the woods, where they encounter horror (but not misunderstood hillbillies).

For mysterious reasons everything the students do is being monitored and even to an extent controlled by some sort of large government bureaucracy. They want something bad to happen to the kids, but just what that might be even the bureaucrats don’t know. In fact, they have a pool in which they bet on what will do them in. The candidates include Werewolf, Alien Beast, Mutants, Wraiths, Reptilius, Clowns, Witches, Sexy Witches, Merman, Angry Molesting Tree, The Scarecrow Folk, Snowman, Sasquatch/Wendigo/Yeti, and Kevin.

(Reportedly Joss Whedon was asked who this “Kevin” might be, and Whedon helpfully explained that he’s a guy who works at Best Buy.)

There’s a nice mix of the deadly serious and the comedic, and some really nice effects. I enjoyed it, but I found I rather preferred Tucker and Dale versus Evil.


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