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FTN Friday! FTN reviews Cabin In The Woods

April 13th, 2012 by Marc 2 Comments

Cabin In The Woods (15)
Directed by: Drew Goddard
Starring: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutch, Fran Kranz
Running Time: 95mins

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

If you have listened to any review I’ve done or know me then you would know that horror is a genre I hold dear to my heart, but over the last few years the genre has become stale with carbon copies cropping up everywhere; none so more than the usual cabin in the woods style story. It’s really difficult to try and take something that has been done a thousand times before and make it fresh but also make it feel a little bit unique, however, when you have the brilliant mind of Joss Whedon and the man who gave the found footage genre a good kick up the arse with Cloverfield, the there is a chance that this could be one of those rare gems that horror is solely missing.
Before I go into the main story of the film, I will tell you that, because there is a lot that can be spoiled during the movie, I will keep the plot down to a minimum and will not spoil anything.
Before the film opens, the screen gets covered in blood with etchings of death and torture in the background and we get the name of the film thrust upon us with a spine-tingling scream, once the screen goes back to normal it takes us into the bedroom of Dana (kristen connolly) and Jules (Anna Hutchison) preparing themselves for a trip with  Jules’ boyfriend Curt (Chris Hemsworth), Holden (Jesse Williams) and stoner friend Marty (Fran Kranz). They are all heading to Curt’s cousin’s cabin… in the woods. In true horror movie style they stop along the way for fuel and at a dilapidated garage they are warned by the usual slacked jawed yokel attendant that something bad will happen, ignoring his warning they set back off again for the cabin…
Once the friends reach the cabin that’s when the typical cabin in the woods style horror movie kicks in, what we have he is a very run down and small building that’s typical with this kind of movie, however our heroes (?) think it’s awesome and set out to enjoy themselves by drinking and playing the usual truth or dare, however things quickly go awry and the cabin begins to reveal its bloody secrets…
If you have seen the trailers for The Cabin in the Woods you would know that it seems to be a straight-forward comedy horror movie set in a cabin, however you are given hints that there is something else lying below the surface that might make the film unique, and this is very true – the last 25 minutes of the film are something you have never seen before and never guess.
The film doesn’t take itself too serious and is a homage to the films in this genre and that’s what is so good about The Cabin In the Woods, yes it plays things safe for the first 35 minutes and yes it does feel a bit straight forward but it’s when all of the insane stuff happens that you realise you’re experiencing something of a rare treat and that’s a horror film that does something that has not been seen before.
The script duties are handled by both Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard and they both seem to have a lot of fun in the visual treats that they throw at you, both of them seem to be able to dig deep into their dark and strange minds and pull out something that feels really unique and scary.
If there is one thing that bugged me a little is that at times a few of the jokes missed and some of the effects on a few of the basic shots are poorly handled, however these are off-set with the superb finale of the film.
To say I enjoyed myself with this film is an understatement, this movie knows its limits and shines a big bright light on the horror genre that is long needed, i’m a huge fan of Joss Whedon’s work and the characters and stories he writes bring something fresh to the screen and let’s not forget the brilliant work that Goddard has done as well, seeing as this is his directorial debut he handles the film with such care that you know he his a bright future ahead as a director.
Go into this movie with only knowing the small details then you will completely enjoy yourself and the last twenty five minutes will blow you away. You will leave the cinema knowing you’ve seen something completely new and unique and hopefully it’ll only grow in your estimation the next time you see a by-te-munbers cabin in the woods type movie.

5 out of 5 Nerds
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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….