The Cabin in the Woods (2012) Movie Review

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2012 | R | Horror, Thriller, Mystery, Fantasy
95 minutes /

User Score: 64/100

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The Cabin in the Woods Review


Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin, where they get more than they bargained for, discovering the truth behind the cabin in the woods.

The Cabin in the Woods (2012) is an American horror-comedy that was filmed in Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Institute of Technology - Aerospace Technology Campus, 3800 Cessna Drive, Richmond, British Columbia, Canada; 2605 West 5th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Co-writer and first-time director Drew Goddard (The Martian (2015), World War Z (2013), Cloverfield (2008)) did an awesome job working with writer Joss Whedon. Joss Whedon (The Avengers (2012), Toy Story (1995), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)) and Drew previously worked together on Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997 - 2003) and Angel (1999 - 2004)). The duo wrote the screenplay for The Cabin in the Woods within three days. The movie had a $30 million budget and grossed over $66.5 million worldwide.

The Cabin in the Woods revolves around five American college students/teenagers spending their weekend at a deserted/secluded cabin deep in the forest/woods. The five teenagers are far away from everything and to make matters worse, there are no means of communication with anyone outside of the cabin. Just like any other cabin in the woods movie, the five people are eager to explore the cellar when the cellar door mysteriously flew open. I would have been running out of their heading to my home where it is safe. The five teenagers began investigating the cellar where they found several different relics. One of the teenagers had to go and do something that clearly should not have been done, yes she read from a book/journal and unleashed the Buckner family who is now zombie killers.

The five teenager are:
- Dana Polk (Kristen Connolly - The Happening (2008), Revolutionary Road (2008), The Bay (2012))
- Holden McCrea (Jesse Williams - Grey’s Anatomy (2005), Lee Daniels’ The Butler (2013), Brooklyn’s Finest (2009))
- Marty Mikalski ( Fran Kranz - Donnie Darko (2001), Training Day (2001), The Village (2004))
Jules Louden (Anna Hutchison - Power Rangers Jungle Fury (2008), Go Girls (2009), Wrecker (2015))
- Curt Vaughan ( Chris Hemsworth - Thor (2011), The Avengers (2012), Thor: The Dark World (2013), Rush (2013))

Sitterson ( Richard Jenkins - Jack Reacher (2012), Step Brothers (2008), The Visitor (2007)) and Hadley (Bradley Whitford - The West Wing (1999), Scent of a Woman (1992), Billy Madison (1995)) intoxicated the college students/teenagers with mind-altering drugs. The drug caused them not to think rationally and increases their libido. The people at the facility take bets as to what monster will attack the kids while discussing similar rituals in other nations and how they failed.

Back to the teenagers, Hadley induces Curt and Jules to be sexually intimate while the Buckners attacked them and decapitated Jules. Curt made it out alive and told everyone else about what just occurred. Marty, who loves his marijuana, discovers concealed surveillance equipment right before one of the Buckner dragged him off. The surviving college students now have to fight to save their lives as they still do not know that humans are hindering their every move to escape and survive. I enjoyed this movie and will not spoil anymore so take a look at the film when possible. It is not the type of movie that I would recommend you to watch as soon as possible.

I gave this movie a six because there were a few major goofs and plot holes that most viewers will not miss. Also, because the actors did not excel in their roles although I give credit to Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford for doing a better job than the rest of the cast. There were a few hilarious/comedy moments that had me laughing out loud but not too many of those. The special effects, camera angles, cinematography, music and just about everything in this movie was average. It is another cabin in the woods movie, but, at least, this film had a few humor moments and was not a total boredom fest as others.

About The Cabin in the Woods 2012

Title: The Cabin in the Woods
Year: 2012
Runtime: 95 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery, Fantasy
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.2/5 stars from 14 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 14
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Luke Burnyeat, Sigourney Weaver, Patrick Sabongui, Chris Hemsworth, Richard Cetrone, Terry Notary, Richard Jenkins, Jodelle Ferland, Dan Payne, Adrian Holmes, Terry Chen, Tim DeZarn, Nels Lennarson, Tim De Zarn, Chelah Horsdal, Lori Stewart, Patrick Gilmore, Phillip Mitchell, Dan Shea, Heather Doerksen, Fran Kranz, Anna Hutchison, Rukiya Bernard, Tom Lenk, Bradley Whitford, Simon Pidgeon, Matt Phillips, Matt Drake, Kristen Connolly, Phoebe Galvan
Writers: Joss Whedon, Drew Goddard
Director: Drew Goddard