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People Can’t Figure Out Why The Cabin in the Woods Is So Awesome, So Here Are a Few Solid Reasons For You [SPOILERS]


So, you may have been trying to avoid all the buzz that surrounded The Cabin in the Woods, which, if all you have seen of it is the commercials and online ads, is being marketed as your typical “young people in a creepy cabin in the middle of nowhere surrounded by supernatural evil” kind of movie. However, if you’d been anywhere near the internet before its release on April 13, you would have known that there were tons of people who had seen this movie, either at SXSW or at a more recent screening, and could not talk about it because of the massive secret about the framework of the movie that could not be revealed that there was zero indication of in the ads. A friend told me, between the SXSW premiere and the 13th, that Joss Whedon — the movie’s co-writer and producer — said if the secret to this movie got out, he would hunt that person down in their own home and kill them, or something to that effect. (Apologies for not finding Joss Whedon saying that exact quote. Not kill, but mock — the “threat” can be seen here.)

Now that the movie has been out for over a week, some of you have seen it, and some of you are planning on it. And some of you might be wondering, as you hear all the hyperbolic statements about “the spoilers” and “the awesome,” what makes this movie so astoundingly great and unique. Don’t worry, I’m going to tell you. However, I’m also going to discuss the whole movie, so if you haven’t seen it, and you’re avoiding spoilers, I strongly urge you to trust me (and everyone else) to see the movie to find out for yourself how great it is. Because after the jump: tons o’ spoilers.

And now: Why The Cabin in the Woods is everyone’s new favorite horror movie.

Remember what I said about how I’m going to spoil this whole movie? That’s happening now, so after this sentence, you cannot get upset about reading spoilers.

Okay, here we go!

The Cabin in the Woods is self-referential in a way that pokes fun at itself for being a self-referential movie. Compared to Scream, itself an homage-slash-parody of classic modern horror movies, Cabin doesn’t take itself nearly as seriously. (I say this as a gigantic fan of the entire Scream series.) Because Scream was a flat-out horror movie. One with comedic moments, but still — a horror movie, no bones about it. Cabin is more along the lines of the Evil Dead movies, with a dash of Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, not because of the title) thrown in to turn what looks like a run-of-the-mill horror movie into something fresher, newer, and a little more lacking in the soul department. Cabin is absolutely soulless, because what you don’t see in the marketing is how this is a movie about why all those other horror movies exist. Why is there always a “stoner”? Why is there always a “virgin”? Why is there always a “whore”? Why is there always a “jock”? And why do they always seem to die in a certain order, and why is the virgin spared? Cabin in the Woods explains this to us: It is what the gods want.

Yes — the gods. Cabin in the Woods is about how the human race has been living in the horror movie universe and sacrificing its young people to the gods to appease them and keep the balance of existence. And who is in charge of running this show, making sure that everything goes according to plan? A nameless corporation, with Bradley Whitford and Richard Jenkins in charge, with assistance from Amy Acker.

The movie starts like the horror movies with an introduction of the characters who are destined to be viciously murdered. It’s a bright sunny day, everyone is happy, one of them even just dyed her hair blonde! It’s a great, big, beautiful tomorrow! And then, we cut to a corporate setting with Whitford and Jenkins … who are talking about basically nothing. That’s when the blood-red titles go up: THE CABIN IN THE WOODS. It is hilarious. It’s been said that humor is based on surprise and a little bit of shock, and laughter is the reaction to being shocked. Well, Cabin in the Woods got tons of laughs in the theater — because it was that surprising, over and over again. And then it would scare you to death.

The corporation and the premise are positively sinister, riding on the fact that killing innocent people is just another day at the office. There’s even an office pool, involving every department in the company, in which bets are placed to see what form the killer will take. (The best running joke is Whitford’s obsession with the potential of a murder spree with a merman.) And the way that this is shown is almost like a comedy sketch that is still a part of a real movie that is truly frightening to watch.

Even while Cabin veers into parody territory, it remains faithful to the horror genre by still being an effective horror movie. Yes, all the conventions are there. But our heroes/victims often find themselves one step ahead of the corporation’s tricks and turn those conventions on their heads, albeit temporarily, before the company rolls something else out. But it stays just as scary and suspenseful, staying on course.

And that’s just one way The Cabin in the Woods is so awesome. Here is another: the marketing.

Think of every commercial you’ve seen for this movie. They are commercials for a horror movie. But Joss Whedon is making it, so it’s not going to just be sacrificial lambs in the woods, sent out to slaughter. We get hints that something else is going on, like the creepy gas station attendant who makes a phone call to “someone” about those very lambs. We even saw one shot of a bird flying into the massive electric fence. (Which, by the way, is part of Chris Hemsworth‘s demise in the movie and also kind of sadly hilarious and predictable in a way that you kind of can’t wait for it to happen.) But was there really any indication that this movie was a hybrid of The Hunger Games and Evil Dead, as actor Christopher Mintz-Plasse perfectly put it on Twitter? No way. Not that I could see.

This movie was like the anti-Blair Witch Project, which used the internet brilliantly (in 1999) to create an aura of mystery and keep people guessing about whether or not this movie was even real or fake. At the time, it was a groundbreaking campaign, no matter what you thought of the movie itself. With Cabin, the mystery came as a result of the opposite — the ads were showing you a horror movie, you were paying admission to see a horror movie. But it wasn’t just a horror movie, and when you saw Bradley Whitford and Richard Jenkins walking around a bleak-looking office building, this was not the movie you saw advertised. The mystery came when you started watching the movie, not before. You didn’t go in wondering what this movie was all about — you went in to see a different movie altogether. The fact that spoilers were not widely leaked is amazing. And yes, some people probably did leak some spoilers (every article I saw had serious warnings on them, and as someone who works for the internet, I spend a buttload of time on the internet), but it wasn’t as if everyone went to see Cabin to confirm things they’d already read. The most distinct thing I heard before seeing it was that there would be an appearance by a major celebrity, and that people were cheering in the theater. One guess was Whedonverse staple Sarah Michelle Gellar. It ended up being the one and only Sigourney Weaver, and boy, did that deliver. Imagine the best possible person in the SFF universe who could be dealing with the wrath of angry, hungry, ancient gods. If your answer isn’t Sigourney Weaver, you need to do some soul searching.

But this movie was also just full of surprises, pretty much from beginning to end. And it gets to such a fever pitch of suspense (example: the Hollywood Squares-inspired Wall of Nightmares) that you remember, “Oh, right! This has been a horror movie this whole time! A really freaky one!”

It’s awesome because it’s incredibly effective and well-done. The script, by Whedon and Drew Goddard, who also directed, is just spot-on and clever, while also being scary and gory without being gratuitously violent. (It is, after all, slasher movie at heart.) One-dimensional characters are given depth and reasons for being there besides dying. Every scene has a purpose. Everything works beautifully in The Cabin in the Woods, and by the time it’s over, you can’t believe what you have just been through. It’s a movie that happens to you, because it hits you over the head with its sexy, beautiful brains.

Seize the day, and go see The Cabin in the Woods. You will not be disappointed. Even if you’ve gotten this far and read all those spoilers.

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  • John Wao

    **SPOILERS**

    My only disappointment was that Cthulhu didn’t make an appearance, but then again I may have to freeze frame it near the end when I get the blu ray to make sure.

  • Anonymous

    Loved the movie so much. My only regret? I wanted to see dozens more movies where the ritual was undertaken – one for every possible scenario in that cellar. Though what we got was pretty darn satisfying.

    SO good.

  • http://www.tulgeywooddesigns.com Amphigorey

    My favorite part is that this is a Lovecraft movie, and it’s by far the best Lovecraft movie ever made. (Yes, I know about Hellboy, which had absolutely beautiful and perfect Lovecraft creatures, but as a movie, Cabin in the Woods is better.)

  • http://www.tulgeywooddesigns.com Amphigorey

    Yeah, my only disappointment was that we got a giant lava hand instead of a tentacle.

    …Although it occurs to me that Cthulhu does in fact have hands, so maybe it was him.

  • http://twitter.com/phuul Michael Krzyzek

    My only gripe about the movie is that the credit sequence pretty much gave up what was going on. That being said my wife and I just about died at the “I learned it from you! I learned it from you ok?” line. We say that to each other occasionally and had just done it that morning. I don’t think I have ever laughed more in a horror movie than I have in this one. My wife and I get a giggle every time we hear an elevator ding.

  • Anonymous

    That was pretty much exactly what I thought. Everything was amazing, I just wish we had gotten anything but a giant humanish hand. CTHULHU WOULD HAVE BEEN AMAZING

  • Terence Ng

    They released a Visual Guide that has the original script and info on all the creatures listed on the whiteboard. Totally ready to buy it and see the movie again.

  • Terence Ng

    I did not see Weaver coming, and actually yelled it out loud in the theater (but there were only 8 other people in there, tops, so…).

    Awesome. Can’t wait to see it again this week! :D

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    I’ve seen a brilliant read of the entire film as an allegory that sees that the gods are the audience and, enraged that the story didn’t end the way we’re used to (after our due sacrifices), we bring the house down…and that’s why it’s a human hand.

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    Got my copy in the mail today and was a little let down by how little there is in the creature section…there are little nuggets sprinkled throughout the script, which presumably contain more information, but it wasn’t quite the Pokedex-like rundown I was expecting. Still, for ten bucks, a script with director interviews is hard to beat.

  • Anonymous

    *Spoilers!*

    LOVED this movie, so hard. I haven’t had that much fun at a theater in a long time. And who’d thought that my one wish in life was not only to see a unicorn…but watch it impale someone with its own horn? Good god!! That was awesome. The only thing I didn’t like was that was saw the hand of the gods at the end. Meh…my imagination will always scare me more. Other then that…I’m trying to find friends to go see it again. :D

  • Life Lessons

    I was back in the full-throttle Whedon zone and I loved it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jrappp Jennifer Rapp Peterson

    To write about this movie is to spoil it. This was genre breakin’ and genre encompassin’ horror flick. I agree the hand was underwhelming.

  • http://twitter.com/NicoleMojan Nicole Pirshafiey

     Mind = blown. I want to write a thesis on that interpretation, and I’m not even in school anymore.

  • Anthony Neves

    I just want to see what happens to the Japanese class of 9 year old school girls. Not in a dirty way, just because that had to be one of my favorite scenes. Who’d of thunk they could of done what they did, lmao
     

  • Terence Ng

    That’s a bit disappointing, but for $10 bucks? I’ll take it! Thanks for the insight! 

  • Terence Ng

    So I need some clarity. When they were talking about Japan being #1, was it that Japan has never failed to offer a sacrifice and this year they did, leaving the US to desperately need to succeed? I couldn’t tell what they meant about Japan’s record, especially when the girls defeated the Ring-esque onryō.

    Or was it the opposite: That Japan has a streak of never having offered a sacrifice, and the girls succeeding continued the streak?

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    Ha! Your enthusiasm lent me energy enough for a 5-minute Google search. It’s here on  Comic Book Movie (DOT) Com: http://www.comicbookmovie.com/news/?a=58267
    I think I read it on a thread like this one, so either the the author of the ComicBookMovie article wrote the comment or that individual read the article first. Regardless, enjoy! 

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    No problem. I’ve been flipping through it all afternoon and I keep catching myself reading bits of the script…I’m trying to avoid doing that until after I finish up with the new Dark Tower book…in any case, the real treat so far has been the sketches of various monsters from within the glass elevators. You often get to see the transformation from a very traditional monster to the one seen in the film, such as for example, the Merman, who started as pretty much the same Creature From the Black Lagoon…there are also small notes in the interviews that I take as confirmation of ideas I had already had, such as when Goddard refers to enjoying The Strangers…I can’t help but think that confirms the influence of certain individuals seen near the end of the film…I’m personally looking forward to the Blu-Ray extras, replaying the basement and elevator (AND post-elevator scenes) on loop, and hopefully a commentary track or two…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kaela-PerLee/505736107 Kaela PerLee

    I ended up seeing Cabin in the Woods twice. It completely held up to the first viewing & was just as brilliant the second time.

  • Anonymous

     Am I the only one who figured out most of the premise by watching the trailer? I was sort of disappointed after all the hype about the “surprise.” Granted, I didn’t get the ‘gods’ part from the trailer, but the opening credits with the religious sacrifices clued me in. Maybe it’s just that I’m a HUGE Joss Whedon fan (he is the only person who could convince me to watch a horror movie), and that’s sort of the way he works, but I wish there wasn’t so much HYPE about how ‘surprising’ the movie’s premise is. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the film, I just came into it with 90% of the premise in place, and within the first 30 seconds the rest of it was revealed.

  • Anonymous

    I got the impression that there was never a year when Japan failed to complete the sacrifice. So they had a 100% success/kill rate. To me, this is also a shout out to how awesome Japanese horror films are, followed by American films, and then everyone else’s horror films are kind of crappy.

  • Anonymous

    meta?

    meh.

  • http://profiles.google.com/nora.sawyer Nora Sawyer

    YES! I really wish I hadn’t seen the trailer beforehand. That + the opening credits + years of marinating in Joss Whedon’s oeuvre = major bummage. Was it still fun? Sure. But I wanted a surprise, darnit.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1380870282 Shannon Block

    I literally just saw this movie in a theater all to myself.  I freaking loved it, but also was terrified.  I really wish my friend would give it a chance, boy did they miss out!

  • http://twitter.com/WanderingBauble Rachel Radwanski

    Same, same, same! I felt like I wast watching Wolfram & Hart meets Aperture. And i’m not complaining.

    Okay, I’m a little disappointed that I wasn’t as surprised. But I do remember repeating often: “Oh Joss Whedon, I LOVE you.”

    Also, I didn’t find it *that* scary. Gory. Hell yes was it ever gory. But not… overly scary. There were moments, but, I don’t know…. Maybe it’s because it was a Joss Whedon film and I knew I was in good hands. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/sabreean Brea Plum

    I described it as the best H.P. Lovecraft movie that ever can be or will be made.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hauntedsandiegospooky Spookygirl Insandiego

    You have got to be kidding me. This movie was NOT awesome. It is NOTHING like Evil Dead. It did NOT remain faithful to the horror genre. It was NOT an effective horror movie. It was NOT full of surprises. It was NOT scary. It was NOT suspenseful. It was NOT incredibly effective. It is NOT well done. I was not at all into this movie. I was hoping for so much more from Joss Whedon and company. Sure, I had a few laughs, but during the rest of it I was shaking my head in disappointment. The best scene was the bet-taking. Everything else was a snore. I wish I’d waited for pay-per-view. Zzzzz…come on, the original Godzilla was better than this. Are we so desensitized now we think movies like this are HORROR movies? Sheesh.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cherylsawesome Cheryl Smith Pierce

    Oh man I hated that movie.  Sorry.  Love themarysue, though.  <3

  • Carmen Sandiego

     I concur.

  • Carmen Sandiego

     My heart was going a mile a minute but in an action-movie kind of way.  It’s true, it was gory as frak, but more thrilling than scary.  It was the only movie I’ve seen whose suspense was so constant though that I would call it the equivalent of a page-turner.

  • Carmen Sandiego

     Oh it’s BEYOND meta.  This thing works on about as many different levels as that “wall of horrors” we spoke of.

  • Carmen Sandiego

     This.

  • http://twitter.com/Penh Penh

    OK, I had many favorite parts, but for our purposes today, my favorite part was the constant reminder that people in the real world act nothing like the people in horror movies, and the only way to carry off the sacrifice successfully was constant manipulation by Outside Forces.  My favorite part of this favorite part was the little shock given to make What’s-Her-Virgin drop her weapon in the Black Room, something that no sane human being would ever do under any circumstances, but that EVERY SINGLE HORROR MOVIE CHARACTER IN THE HISTORY OF HORROR MOVIES does at the first opportunity.  I couldn’t count how many horror movie couples have dropped right down on the dark, cold, damp, creepy, bug-filled forest floor and started making out, but Jules and Thor wouldn’t do it until the control room had thrown everything they had at them.  Overall, it was a brilliant mechanism for showing off the ridiculous nature of horror movie cliches without going the usual route of having a character point at them and say, “Wow, that sure is a dumb cliche!”  I may go see the movie for a third time this week.

  • Carmen Sandiego

    What made you decide to read through here and comment?  Something about the movie incites your attentions, no? :D

  • Terence Ng

    I got the sacrifice bit, which was pretty obvi by the time they killed Jules anyway, but I thought the ride was enjoyable. It really wasn’t head turning because it dissected the tropes of American horror. To me, it was head turning because it managed to do it in a spectacularly well done, clever, and entertaining way.

    Technically, Scary Movie has ripped American horror’s tropes to death (and then continued beating it into the ground), but it was pure satire, whereas this was an actual horror film that was able to “be” horror, but still be enjoyable.

    Definitely a good experience. :)

  • Terence Ng

    The wolf make out scene definitely made me anxious the entire time. I was worried it would animate and rip her face off or something…

  • Terence Ng

    It seems like you missed the point if all you were looking for was a straight up horror movie to make you piss your pants in fear and suspense with the Joss Whedon brand on it.

    Nor was it supposed to be like Evil Dead. People just bring it up because Evil Dead is one of very few films to blend horror and comedy together. That doesn’t make what they set out to accomplish with that blend at all the same.

    But it seems like this film made you very, very, very, very, VERY angry and disappointed. I’m sorry that it was such a bad experience for you. :(

  • http://twitter.com/NetDaddy Peter Ferioli

    I believe you glossed over another level of the movie that is a very key element.

    We are the old gods. The audience is referred to directly and everything the corporation is doing is for our benefit.  At the end when Sigourney Weaver says 8 minutes til sunrise, there are 8 minutes left in the movie til the lights come up.

  • http://www.facebook.com/maxwell.lachance Maxwell LaChance

    I disprove of this articles existence.  The first rule of Cabin is don’t talk about Cabin with people who haven’t seen it.

  • Ide Cyan

    This movie is so overhyped. The Doctor Who serial “The Greatest Show in the Galaxy” did nearly the same thing 24 years ago. (Complete with meta, zombies, scary clowns, a werewolf, and ancient lovecraftian gods representing the audience.)

  • Ide Cyan

    I know that The Cabin in the Woods was shot first, but Weaver’s role would’ve been more shocking had the movie Paul, in which she has nearly the very same role, not been released a year before.

  • Ide Cyan

    Right with you in thinking this movie’s really overhyped and underwhelming.

  • Terence Ng

    It’s a good thing I never saw Paul, then. Was it good?

  • http://www.justplainsomething.com JustPlainSomething

     The key to the movie was that the characters were much more Whedon characters than anything else.. you like these guys! They might be prettier than you (including Thor), but you’d probably hang out with them. And then they start to get manipulated into the stock characters the gods want. My biggest gripe with the movie is that we could have seen more of what the characters were like before the cabin so it was absolutely clear from the beginning that these were not your stock horror cliches.

  • http://www.justplainsomething.com JustPlainSomething

    Well, you know the growing theory of the whole movie is that the gods are supposed to be the theater going public, so a human-like hand kind of drives that home.

  • http://www.justplainsomething.com JustPlainSomething

    Did anyone else think that’s it sad that thanks to the film’s release being delayed, Cabin in the Woods was just barely beaten out by Supernatural for “Death by Unicorn”?

  • Anonymous

    >> One-dimensional characters are given depth and reasons for being there besides dying.

    Even though their specific reason for being there is to die.

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    As I said.

  • http://twitter.com/beckygracelea Becky Lea

    I thought the same but had The Cabin in the Woods been released when it was actually supposed to rather than sitting on the shelf for a couple of years, they’d have got there first. I love Paul but I preferred Weaver in Cabin – it was just so much more of a surprise.

  • http://www.justplainsomething.com JustPlainSomething

    So I wasn’t the only one who thought that?

    The head is a bit of a red herring because you assume with something like that in the room, it’s going to eat someone. I have to wonder if (had the gang picked another object) the wolf’s head would have come into play.

  • Anonymous

    >> One-dimensional characters are given depth and reasons for being there besides dying.
     
    Even though their specific reason for being there is to die.  Brilliant!

  • http://www.justplainsomething.com JustPlainSomething

     Here’s the hilarious frustration about the movie… at the ends, the gods are pissed off and start releasing pure chaos because they didn’t get what they wanted. The movie’s writers have admitted that their dopplegangers in the movie are the two government workers controlling the event, which makes the gods … the audience. SO, when the gods freak out at the end … that’s every person who writes online about how much they hated Cabin in the Woods.

  • http://www.justplainsomething.com JustPlainSomething

     I recognized her voice over the intercom immediately, so that gave it away a little. But yeah, I did make the Paul connection, too.

  • Anonymous

    I feel like Jamie Lee Curtis would have been great in the Sigourney Weaver role, being one of the original “virgin survivors” back in the day.

  • Anonymous

     P.S.  LOVED this movie.  Most fun I’ve had in the theater in the last year.  Easily.

  • Anne

    My only disappointment was that once you had the premise figured out (which was pretty early on as others have noted) there were no more surprises as far as the broad concept went. I was hoping/expecting there to be a whiplash-inducing surprise at the end to subvert the subversion – one of the “controllers” allying with the innocent victims, the gods turning out to be much different than expected, etc etc. Once you knew the premise, it was played incredibly straight within the bounds of that premise. But that really is just a small gripe because everything about how the premise itself was executed was utterly genius. I love that this came out around the same time as Hunger Games because they have some similar things to say about voyeurism and “reality TV culture”, but using utterly different mechanisms. 

    [Detailed spoilers below!]I just have to give my boo Fran Kranz a massive shoutout. He was far and away my favorite thing about Dollhouse and he was one of the reasons I was so stoked to see this film (#1 being Joss and Drew, of course). He did not disappoint at all! He got by far the most laughs, and progressed awesomely from vague stoner (with the coolest pipe ever!!!) to sharp survivor. When he “died” I was unutterably bummed, but when he reappeared I literally threw my arms in the air and exclaimed “YES!” Of course Joss and Drew would have the supposedly wussy geek be the one to survive and throw a massive wrench in the works. I really liked the girl too – loved her pluck and fight. Geek and girl power! That’s my Joss. But I also liked that they didn’t let them be 100% heroes – in the end, Marty said “eff the world, I’m living! For, uh, the next 8 minutes anyway”. And Dana was like “you know what, yeah. People suck. Screw em.” What an incredibly glib way to decide to end the world! Only fair given what they had just discovered about humanity’s capacity for cruelty. Was Joss advocating that all horror movie makers be tossed into the abyss? Hmmm. :)I’m pretty sure I have to see this again – and that’s impressive considering that I otherwise hate horror films!

  • Anne

    I’d agree with this gripe to an extent – it was made explicitly clear that Jules was being blondified with some nefarious hair dye, but her boyfriend was less obvious – I mean, he recommended a smart book in the beginning, but his conversion into standard jock was less distinct. (Maybe because he LOOKS like a standard jock – sorry Thor!)

  • http://www.justplainsomething.com JustPlainSomething

    It didn’t help that we first see the will-be virgin walking around in her underwear in front of her open window… that’s seems like a very naive thing to do and it’s a little too much male audience pandering in a part of the movie that’s supposed to be more realistic.

  • Wanderley Ceschim

    I’m also surprised that nobody saw the parallel between this movie and the game Portal, in that there’s a mysterious company running things, you’re the guinea pig, and there’s an elaborate set of actions to get out of the labyrinth you were placed on.

    And doesn’t the floor of the chamber they’re in at the end of the movie remind you of the Aperture logo?

  • Terence Ng

    I was thinking the same thing, haha.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rainj Rain Jokinen

    Great take, but one gripe: You got the beginning wrong. (Believe me, I’ve seen it twice.) We don’t meet the kids until AFTER we’ve met the corporate guys. The movie opens with their banal conversation, THEN the title splash, and then we meets the victims. I think that’s what makes the title splash so funny, that what we’re watching thus far has absolutely nothing to do with horror movies or a cabin in any woods…

  • Anonymous

     I thought the Elder Gods could have used a little more impact. The characters get right up to the edge and look down on ‘em and it’s like “oh, there’s strange things down there” there’s no sense of “cosmic terrors!!”
    The lava-hand at the end was pretty “meh.” too.

  • Anonymous

     It had a lot of shout outs to Evil Dead, to the point where it was very nearly a retcon-ing  sequel.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MYC65UZW7OMSYCL4YRFH4XKKKQ Brian

    I did, too, since I’m listening to the “Earth: The Book” audiobook.

  • Terence Ng

    It has references, but nothing that suggests at all that it was attempting to be LIKE Evil Dead. How could it be a retconning sequel? Evil Dead has a specific mythology. Cabin in the Woods is a meta-homage that doesn’t even attempt to replicate that mythology outside of satire.

    It’s like saying Scary Movie was a retconning sequel to Scream because of all of its Scream shout outs.

  • Ide Cyan

    She wasn’t Zuul the Gatekeeper, though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dana-Kay-Bach/1043956249 Dana Kay Bach

    Cthulhu wasn’t the only ancient god that Lovecraft gave names to, there were others, and they did have hands, so technically this was very Lovecraftian.

    And yes, Cthulhu has hands, despite what Hellboy infers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tiest Tiest Vilée

    I absolutely think the ‘self-referential’ aspect is greater than you allow – absolutely the ‘gods’ are the audience – I guess this wasn’t as obvious so that people could argue about it – but it was also about true horror – that people DO sit back and let others suffer. (eg drone pilots)
    I love Joss and co.

  • Anonymous

    (SPOLIERS [no kidding])
    This movie was great! I know a lot of people are lightly comparing it to Evil Dead. But, really if you are going to compare it to anything it’s Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, another great movie and it has Alan Tudyk in it! I don’t have tv anymore and I try to stay away from internet articles that have spoilers of movies I want to go see. With that said I went into this movie cold, all I knew about it was that it was a Joss Whedon horror film and there was a cabin. This movie was hilarious and only mildly gory. I went with a group of 5 (including myself) and for like the first quarter of the movie we all just kept looking at each other with ‘wtf’ looks because it was just so insanely ‘wtf’. The lamprey ballerina was the only thing that freaked me out.

    Like another commenter said and I tried to discuss with my friends after the movie. Who were these people? How did they get chosen? Because Dana said at the end before the world’s demise “I don’t even think Curt has/had a cousin” Obviously from conversations in the movie once they were chosen they were getting prepared (I can’t think of a better word) for their “roles”.  But, I think it would be interesting to know how they hit the sacrifice jackpot.

    All and all a really enjoyable movie I can’t wait to own it on Blu-ray I may actually flip the commentary on. What would be a great extra would be like what they did for Thir13en Ghosts where they did a back story for all the 13 ghosts that were imprisoned in the house. Obviously they have too many creatures in Cabin to do all of them but, at least the core ones. Meaning the ones that are connected with the items the friends picked up in the cellar.

  • Ean Moody

    I took that as a reference to just how deadly Japanese horror monsters tend to be. The American cliche is that these 4 or 5 people get involved, and they die pretty bad but the monster isn’t PERFECT, it’s just a thing that sometimes hurts people.

    Japanese monsters (see: the grudge, the ring, etc.) are these fucking awful perfect kill monsters. Once you go into their house or watch their tape, you will die. You can’t escape by running away, you don’t have to do anything particularly stupid… you just die, because you did something to get the attention of the ghost. 

    There’s never even any need to have people do stuff like make out in dangerous locations or drop their weapons in japanese horror. Why bother? The knife wouldn’t hurt the Ring ghost anyways! It’ll kill you to death while you stab it in the face, then look even more terrifying while it kills the next guy!

  • Ean Moody

    She did warn people who hadn’t seen it not to read the article…. that’s what spoiler warnings are. She was trying to talk about it with people who HAD seen it.

  • Peter Young

    Good movie but it just seems like it’s just a copy of every other movie put into one like those teenage comedies that are mocking the serious movies ( like no originality) as I watched it but it is well put together compared to other mocking movies. Don’t get me wrong I laughed my ass off at some scenes but every scene reminded me of other movies…Does the director get a lot of credit for piecing together other movies into one?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AEAQFNFAAK5LZIYKZKYJLVM34E timathang

    Just going to say….. I really didn’t like it. I might be the only one or one of the few but I just wasn’t into it. Maybe because I typically hate movies with strange cheesy creatures and this one had a ton. I did laugh quite a bit but in a bad way. I get the concept but I just wasn’t feeling it at all.

  • Anonymous

    And wasn’t she supposed to be getting over an affair with a professor? The offended “what, ME a virgin?”, later confused me as to what her status was supposed to be: I really anticipated the climax would hinge around her being the Virgin who wasn’t.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mike.sutton.3133 Mike Sutton

    At one point in the control room, they make mention of how they can’t be picky about the virgin anymore.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Dysko Duško Angirević

    Biggest trash ever…

  • Will VanZant

    I think that was what the entire werewolf sequence was towards the end of the film. If they had done something with the wolf head or something, then maybe they would’ve been murdered by the werewolf.