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The Cabin in the Woods
Last Updated on Monday, 14 May 2012 10:19 Written by olegm Monday, 14 May 2012 10:19
Needless to say none of us had high expectations for this movie: the name, the trailer and the actors all looked as if it’s going to be yet another typical horror film. You know, the one where main actors are being ruthlessly butchered by unstoppable ugly redneck zombies. In a forest. With a bunch of scientists overseeing the whole picture. No? Anyway, it wasn’t the case.
You get the feeling of the movie right from the opening title. It comes as a complete surprise, filling the whole screen and dripping blood. That’s when you realize you’re up for a treat.
The movie is a weird mix of The Hunger Games and The Shining. Quite a few times during the movie I caught myself expecting something conventional to happen: “Oh, I know that! A wolf is gonna turn alive and bit her face off!”, “That girl is about to chop off his head”, “That dude is dead”, etc. Yet, most of the time it wasn’t the case. It felt as if the directors and screenwriters were playing tricks with me, as if wanting to prove that the Hollywood is still capable of producing good horror movies. “You think you know the story”, just as the small letters on the poster say.
Watching the scientists cold-heartedly luring poor fellows into traps and then cheering to their deaths, casually making bets as to the way they are going to die and so on, adds some sick flavor to the movie, showing the darkest sides of human nature in the most despicable way.
My favorite part was when the cellar door violently bursts open, followed by a casual remark from one of the guys: “The wind must’ve blown it open”, to which another one says: “And that makes what kind of sense?” Pure brilliant.
The culmination of the movie happens at the very end, when the luck finally decides to turn its sides, bringing in lots of violent cinematic fights, mixed with the blackest humor I’ve seen lately.
And when you think that nothing is going to surprise you anymore, you’re being hit again, and this time it’s no one else but Sigourney Weaver herself! Achievement unlocked.
All-in-all, it is an incredibly entertaining, smart and even sometimes scary movie. I’m 100% certain I am going to buy a DVD or a BluRay disk just to have it available. And so should you!The Cabin in the Woods, 8.8 out of 10 based on 4 ratings