I’ve been telling strangers to see this movie. By strangers, I mean when I went to get my next Bond film to watch and maybe I also picked up the Footloose remake for $10 we got to talking about remakes, which then went onto horror remakes.. which then went onto Cabin inthe Woods. It’s a natural progression. I’ve now seen Cabin in the Woods TWICE. I could see it a third time. I genuinely wanted to see theHunger Games again, I wanted to see the Avengers twice but with this Drew Goddard helmed flick with very limited screenings, I was compelled to.
The buzz was high on this one, especially as Roadshow in Australia had announced that the title was going straight to DVD. Um. What?! No. With the amount of backlash via Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook rampant, Roadshow listened, and announced that they were going to screen it, albeit limited, but that was enough for me.
Apart from the fact it was directed by Drew Goddard who did one of my faaave films Cloverfield, it was produced by Joss Whedon. JOSS. Who, um had just done Avengers for Gaga’s sake! The trailer is so damn exciting and seems to play on the oft-seen before ‘college kids go on a road trip, and the cabin in the woods ain’t so idyllic’ so it seems like it might be another cliche, with the Joss humour – but it goes well beyond that. Well beyond.
Another film that I struggle to review properly, without just seeming like a completely biased Joss fan; just because it has so many surprising moments, and yet a humour that is Whedon’s style all over. There are the regular college characters and some not-in-college characters including a jock played by ‘our’ Chris Hemsworth, Whedon favourite Amy Acker, Bradley Whitford (West Wing, wha?!) and a great leading protagonist in Kristen Connolly.
What I’ve described above in the college kids going on a road trip to a scary cabin in the woods, should be enough, but since you can see it in the trailer; I will tell you that they are being watched. Every move. Even when they are being attacked by…. *insert surprises here*.
From the get go, there are moments in the film where there are absolute laugh out loud moments, there are moments where the crowd cheered, and for the right reasons (unlike in certain scenes of Prometheus) and there are of course, scenes where I covered my eyes. It is just such a fun movie, I can’t recommend it higher. Fun, gory, surprising, an instant classic in my eyes.