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That alone would have been enough for me to see Cabin in the Woods. Add to the mix that Joss Whedon (who has god status in my little world) wrote and Chris Hemsworth (who is quite simply divine) stars and you have yourself a combination that ensures my love, even if the film proves utter crap.
It’s starts off pretty much as expected. College-age kids head off to an isolated cabin in the middle of nowhere for some good clean fun. Anyone who has ever seen a slasher flick knows what’s going to happen. Someone drinks, someone has (or attempts to have) sex, everyone dies, the end. Right?
Well… Not exactly. See, there’s a twist here.
I don’t do spoilers, so I won’t go into too much detail. But not everything is as it seems. There are other forces at work than just crazy, random happenstance.
There’s a very specific purpose to this scenario and the players were chosen to fit certain roles.
So as the movie goes on, all of this unfolds (along with Chris Hemsworth being just awesomely biteable). While it initially looks like a typical slasher flick, the subtext is all kinds of awesome. In true Joss fashion, the ending is not what you expected at all.
The visuals are great and the mood is perfectly creepy throughout. There’s one scene where they’re cycling through all the possible horror flick bad guys that is right out of one of my nightmares. Another scene puts the blood wave in the hallway bit from The Shining to shame, but is balanced by some hysterically funny zombie snacking. At least, I found it hysterical. Some folks fear that I may be sick in the head.
There’s also the inevitable psychological by-play that I expect in anything Joss touches. How exactly do you deal with it when your job is to kill people? It’s all about coping, right?
The way the story plays out and the ending are fantastic and skyrocketed this movie to my top ten list.
Did I mention Chris Hemsworth?