The Cabin in the Woods has been suffering in release date purgatory, getting bumped from one date to the next over the last three years, setting expectations pretty high. I have a huge split between friends who either absolutely cannot wait to finally see it this weekend, and others who have no idea that the movie even exists. It was originally put into production at MGM, threatened to be converted into 3D, and ultimately shelved when the studio went belly up, but Lionsgate has finally stepped up to the plate to bring us the long overdue The Cabin in the Woods.
The movie was co-written and directed by Drew Goddard (Cloverfield), with Joss Whedon in the co-writer/producer role, and they are finally proving that sometimes the less you know about a movie, the better. Whedon and Goddard have delivered one of the best horror movies in years, one of the best films of the year thus far, and it could just wind up working as an endgame to the monotonous genre. We all know things have gotten rather stale lately, and the horror genre is beginning to smell about as bad as most of the dead teens left in its wake.
In The Cabin in the Woods, a group of college students are hopping into an RV to spend the weekend at the titular locale. We have the jock, Curt (Chris Hemsworth, Thor); the dumb blonde, Jules (Anna Hutchison); supposedly virginal bookworm Dana (Kristen Connolly); abs of steel egghead Holden (Jesse Williams); and paranoid pothead Marty (Fran Kranz). They’re all on their way to a weekend off the grid at Curt’s cousin’s cabin. Things look pretty creepy and only get worse as they find their way amongst paintings of human sacrifice, two-way mirrors, and a diary from 1903. Soon enough, all hell breaks loose for our five friends and things only keep getting worse as they fight for survival.