The Cabin In The Woods (2012)
Or so says Vagspelunkin on the YouTube comments feed for the trailer to The Cabin In The Woods.
It’s fairly representative of the vitriol thrown at the film, which has as many detractors as fans, and, rather boringly, I’m sorry to say that I was actually sat roughly in the middle, with barely more than a casual shrug to describe my feeling towards the film.
As soon as I was done watching what I figure was quite a smart genre-merging concept, I came straight home to watch the trailer to see what there was I could say about “the twist” that wouldn’t be a major spoiler.
Turns out, not much. Not the easiest situation to be in when trying to review a film.
“The twist” is highlighted as being “the key” to the film’s USP during the trailer, where we see the usual horror flick, but with an intriguing glimpse at someone behind the scenes pushing the buttons. So far, so Wizard of Oz.
Written by the always brilliant, pop-culture obsessed and fanboy favourite Joss Whedon, there are so many moments that will be so familiar to an audience of Buffy or Angel, that it’s clearly his movie. It even includes a couple of minor roles to Whedon alumni Amy Acker (Angel’s Fred) and Tom Lenk (Buffy’s Andrew).
In fact, at times, it feels difficult to distinguish it from some of Buffy’s scarier episodes, or Angel’s later episodes in which (what was quite a major story misstep that ruined the final season for me) he aligns with the devil’s law firm, but all with a healthy CG budget that means that they didn’t have to rely on ropey guys in masks for every single demon.
There were some real hoots of enjoyment from the cinema crowd while I was watching it, so I guess this has nailed it for a particular audience, but on the whole I think I might have mustered not more than a handful of wry smiles, with one or two out-loud laughs at a couple of brilliantly written one-liners.
But they did manage to get and keep the scare going; even during the scenes where they were subverting the horror genre did the tension remain – which, if I had liked the movie more, would have been terrifically laudable.
And so, continuing to censor myself, on the whole to avoid any movie-ruining spoilers, one final thing I just can’t go on without saying is:
Oh my god, ________ _______ only goes and gets _______ another smug, superior and frankly generic ______.
WHAT I’VE LEARNT
WHEN TO WATCH
WHEN NOT TO WATCH