The Cabin In The Woods

I kind of stopped enjoying horror movies. The oversaturation of the two years I spent reviewing them, combined with the having of children, which made me more sensitive, just kind of ruined them for me. I no longer like being uncomfortable!

But I agreed to watch Cabin In The Woods with Will last night. And, well. It was great.


There was a bit in the middle when I was pretty uncomfortable with the horrific stuff, but the other stuff (being vague to avoid spoiling anyone who hasn’t seen it yet) was so compelling/fun/fucking brilliant that I kept quiet and kept watching.

I felt like I was watching a movie that Will and I could have written. It subverted the genre in ways that maybe shouldn’t be new but really really are. The cast was phenomenal (and almost diverse!) and the number of references packed into the movie were…well, I lost count of the references just to The Evil Dead, so…

One of my favorite things about the movie–Will and I actually paused to discuss it–was the fact that although the five leads were deliberate archetypes, they actually made sense as friends! That is practically unheard of!

I also loved the number of turns the movie took. Not twists–it was pretty obvious what was going on from the get-go–but the way it kept seeming like it was nearly over and then it kept going. And not in a bad way, like some movies.

Also awesome: toward the end when I turned to Will and said, “It eats you, starting with your bottom.”

But the very best thing about the movie was the way Will reacted. I have not seen him this excited about a horror movie in ten years. (Well, maybe The Descent, so let’s say seven years.) He squealed like a little girl when he heard [redacted]’s voice, and during the closing credits he said that if we weren’t watching on Netflix, he would start it over immediately with commentary. This from a man who couldn’t stay awake through an entire episode of Supernatural the night before.

We are totally getting the blu-ray and watching all the special features.

Spoilers are totally okay in the comments if anyone would like to discuss! I know you all saw this one ages ago and I am way behind, but I want to talk about it!

9 thoughts on “The Cabin In The Woods

  1. Nina the slackmistress

    October 14, 2013 at 10:05am

    I didn’t see this because (as you may know) when people are like OMG YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS I think YOU DON’T KNOW ME YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT I LIKE so I didn’t see it. BUt I watched this on a plane and I wanted to turn to the person next to me (I was traveling solo) and be all HOLY CRAP YOU HAVE TO WATCH THIS SO WE CAN DISCUSS IT.
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    • Annika

      October 14, 2013 at 10:12am

      Oh my goodness, yes. The number of movies I have never seen because of that sort of nonsense is STAGGERING. (American Beauty and Donnie Darko come to mind. Do not try to convince me to see either, people! I refuse!)

  2. Katherine

    October 14, 2013 at 10:13am

    YES! I saw this IN THE THEATER and only because Adam Dorsey told me it wasn’t super gory.


    The entire audience gasped when Thor hit the invisible forcefield. It was one of the most shocking moments I’ve ever seen in a movie – and I kind of knew it was coming. That’s good stuff!

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    • Annika

      October 14, 2013 at 10:15am

      I was waiting for that moment for the whole damn movie and IT DID NOT DISAPPOINT. And then! He kept falling! And falling! And still falling! IT WAS AMAZING.

    • Annika

      October 14, 2013 at 10:16am

      (N.B. When I say I was waiting for that moment, I had not been spoiled but I had noticed the five or six deliberate shots of the dirt bike and Will had rewound because of course I looked away when the eagle hit the forcefield.)

  3. Susan

    October 14, 2013 at 11:12am

    I did not grow up watching horror movies, but I’m married to a horror movie lover and so I’ve started watching them in the last few years. That said, I LOVED this movie. If nothing else, the title screen alone was worth the price of the rental (and Blu-Ray which we of course bought).

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