1 1/2 Stars
Perhaps the biggest disappointment to be had in The Cabin in the Woods is the screenplay from usually sturdy Joss Whedon. This project feels like an inside joke between film buffs and horror convention addicts. The five main characters are never established sufficiently to care about whom survives and who gets slaughtered. It is almost impossible to give a detailed plot description without including major spoilers for potential audience members. I will say that the trailer has nods to the actual storyline. Although I suspect, most ticket-buyers, will leave greatly disappointed in what amounts to a bait and switch tactic from the filmmakers and Lionsgate’s marketing department.
Since the early 1980s the horror genre has focused on mad slashers carving their way through horny, drunken teenagers, usually in a rural environment. By the late 1990s these films had run their course, the reinvigoration in popularity a few years later was due to the self-depricating Scream films. Now with the arrival of The Cabin in the Woods that sub-genre has seemingly run its course. If you are looking for a traditional horror film, this is not your movie. If you want a comedy, there is not much to laugh at either. The audience is left with an unpleasant looking film that creates more questions than it answers. Perhaps the best thing I can say about The Cabin in the Woods is that the sequel possibilities are zilch. Whew!
Director: Drew Goddard
Stars: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison