'The Cabin in the Woods' Review By Corey W.

The Cabin in the Woods is predictable and contrived, yet it's still fun and entertaining all at the same time. It's not worth all the hype it's receiving, but it's still worth a one-time watch.
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To be honest, the hype of The Cabin in the Woods doesn't nearly live up to my expectations. Was it a fun movie? The film does have its fair share of moments that I enjoyed immensely, but in the end this was definitely a tad bit overrated. I'm seeing all these reviews on the internet that, if I say so myself, are exaggerating far too much with something oh so little. The concept of the film is without any doubt a breath of fresh air and we can all be thankful for that, but there are just a few small things from Cabin in the Woods that show that this only an average film, not a great one.

The Cabin in the Woods is a thrilling ride into the depths of all things terrible. Think of any possible terror you can and mesh it all together into something wicked. This is exactly what The Cabin in the Woods does and in a way it is done cleverly. My problems with the film are in no way shape or form a complaint on the film's overall story but with things much deeper into the rhythm of things. We'll get to that later though.

What I did enjoy from The Cabin in the Woods is how much of a perfect satire it is. I've heard from a couple of my friends that if I understand the fact that this was a satire I would love this movie a lot more than I did. While I do understand that this is supposed to be a goofy horror story, a lot of the idiotic natures of the film still bothered me. I did like the set-up of the film, however. You've got your typical group of friends you'd see in any typical horror film. The virgin, the athlete, the slut, the stoner, and that other guy no one can seem to understand why he fits into the picture. These characters's fit that typical cliché that The Cabin in the Woods serves us on purpose and they bring us into a completely different setting. The tagline of the film, "You think you know the story. You think you know place" fits beautifully because it exemplifies the satire Cabin truly is.

The film is horrific, brutal, and gory. This is a major plus that comes from the film. Without any of this I probably wouldn't have had as much fun as I did with the film. The problems I had were the obvious ones. The Cabin in the Woods is predictable, contrived, and never gets to the point up until its final act. While the final act may be one hell of a gruesome ride, the last eight minutes or so of the film are the most annoying I've ever mentioned in any film. These last eight minutes try to throw us at an annoying plot twist, a pointless cameo by a star that belongs nowhere in this movie, and a conclusion I'll never forget because I hated it so much. If these last eight minutes had more thought Cabin would've easily been a 4/5 star film for me. Unfortunately, the ending not only forced me to hate characters that I was rooting for but it also caused a downgrade in the film's almost great outcome.

By no means should some of these small errors in the film keep one away. The Cabin in the Woods may not be the great film I was expecting from all the forced hype, but it was still an enjoyable film that killed an hour and a half. If this review didn't go too into depth of the film I apologize because like many are saying this is a difficult film to review without throwing out any spoilers. All I can say is that the performances are good (especially from Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford) and the gore keeps the fun coming. Other than that, this is just a film I'll need to be reminded of by the time the year concludes. Not worth the hype at all.

Thanks for the read!

-Written by Corey Wood

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Comments (20)

  1. The Cryptkeeper: Resurrected

    @corey Definitely see why you rated the film how you did. I would not say "predictable" but yes, the last 8 minutes was.. Odd, and yeah, they tried to change the story way too late. But at the same time, that was the point. If only they had introduced it sooner.... Haha good review.

    2 years agoby @cryptFlag

  2. Rated-X

    check out my review Corey :)

    3 years agoby @rated-xFlag

  3. Corey W.

    @wouldnt-u-like-to-no I agree. :D

    3 years agoby @coreyFlag

  4. wouldnt u like to no

    he hit it right on the head. the last 10 minutes or so killed the movie. everyone left the theater (a simi full theater) quite and confused...don't waste your money, just catch it on netflix or something.

    3 years agoby @wouldnt-u-like-to-noFlag

  5. Zak Lee Ferguson

    hmmmmm twas okay

    3 years agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag

  6. Corey W.

    @dan1 Thats the thing with me. I saw it all by myself in an empty theater. I had no one to see it with or talk about it to afterward so that may have been a huge reason why everything felt so stolid when I was walking out.

    3 years agoby @coreyFlag

  7. Nicholaus XX

    Hm, I'll see what I can do.

    3 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  8. Dan

    @corey It's okay that you don't see it in the same light as I do. Also didn't hurt that I saw it with 5 other Joss Whedon fanboys, so of course we gushed about it after it was over, hyping each other up. But it was a pretty damn fun take on the genre. At least better than how much credit you're giving it, but that's just my opinion.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  9. Corey W.

    @moviegeek Thanks! Watching the film unravel was a lot of fun! Worth seeing just to uncover all the secrets. I think this was more under-wrapped than Super 8 was...so thats a success :P

    3 years agoby @coreyFlag

  10. Corey W.

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx It's fun to watch on the big-screen. But if you know you're not gonna like it I'd wait around for it to hit a dollar theater. Hell, pay for a matinee. I may have only rated it 3 stars, but that doesn't mean it was a waste of money :P

    3 years agoby @coreyFlag

  11. Corey W.

    @dan1 Believe me, I loved that this was commentary of all typical horror flicks. I do understand what made the film work too. I had a lot of fun with it but thats about it. I'm glad you and @SpaceCowboy both loved it so much though, about as much as just about everyone is. Like I said to @SpaceCowboy, I might just need to see it again ahha

    3 years agoby @coreyFlag

  12. Nicholaus XX

    @SpaceCowboy -- Wow, really? Hm, @dan1@corey -- what do you guys think?

    3 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  13. SpaceCowboy

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Owie. That would be a mistake. The twists won't be as affective on the small screen in a well-lit home possibly with others around to think out loud and the power to pause, stop, rewind, and distract yourself. Go and see "Cabin in the Woods" in theatres as soon as you can! I don't find many movies each year that are as enjoyable as this one. My first 5/5 movie experience of 2012. Limited to 3 per year as it's been for me lately.

    3 years agoby @SpaceCowboyFlag

  14. Nicholaus XX

    @SpaceCowboy -- I'm a little baffled by the mixed criticism. As much as I'd like to see this in theaters, I think I'm going to wait until it hits DVD/Blu-Ray.

    3 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  15. SpaceCowboy

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx It's above average. Corey just doesn't get what makes the film work.

    3 years agoby @SpaceCowboyFlag

  16. Dan

    Year? The f*ck? Stupid phone... Review.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  17. Dan

    Worth the hype, disagree with this year. I loved that it was a commentary on all the typical horror movie tropes (much like Scream was back in the day, only modern). Whedon writes some of the funniest dialogue. Loved it.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  18. Nicholaus XX

    @corey -- Good review, man. I honestly thought this movie was going to flat-out blow, but the reviews and feedback it's been receiving beg to differ. I guess it'll be a fun, average flick?

    3 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  19. moviegeek

    I still want to see this one, because I have no clue what to expect. Good review, dude.

    3 years agoby @moviegeekFlag