THE CABIN IN THE WOODS-United States-2012
Directed by Drew Goddard
Written by Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard
The Cabin in the Woods is a highly entertaining film that pays homage to teen slasher films, the zombie genre and the works of H.P. Lovecraft and it does it all with tongue planted firmly in cheek. Kristen Connolly (The Happening, Mona Lisa Smile) and Chris Hemsworth (Thor) are part of a group of teenagers on a road trip to a weekend getaway to the titular cabin. Little do they know that everything they do is a part of an elaborately controlled scenario that is itself a part of an even larger scenario. The five are the puppets and the many, led by a hilariously smart-ass Bradley Whitford (TV’s The West Wing) and a dependable as always Richard Jenkins (Let Me In, The Visitor) are the puppeteers. Think of the whole thing as a ‘choose your own adventure’ where you have no choice and that can kill you in the manner of your choosing. If it sounds confusing I can assure you that once you see the film you’ll understand.
The Cabin in the Woods is directed by Drew Goddard, who co-wrote the screenplay along with Joss Whedon. Goddard was the guy who wrote Cloverfield and some cool episodes of Lost. Whedon is the guy who gave us Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel and is the screenwriter for the upcoming summer blockbuster The Avengers; which will feature Hemsworth in a reprisal of his role as Thor.
Toward the end, what impressed me the most about The Cabin in the Woods was the clear display of love that Goddard and Whedon have for the old school scary monsters. It was akin to watching two kids playing with all their super cool action figures and it left me with a smile on my face as I left the theater. You can’t ask for any better than that.
One more thing; look for an extended cameo from a very well-known star. I’ll give you a hint: she’s battled monsters many times in her day.
Shot in 2009, but not released until 2012.
The film’s release date was postponed because the studio wanted to convert it to 3D, despite objections from Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard. These plans were eventually scrapped, and the film was released only in 2D.
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