Five young friends head off for a relaxing weekend to a cabin in the woods. Upon arrival Marty (Fran Kranz) begins to suspect that there's something strange about the cabin. His friends Curt (Chris Hemsworth), Jules (Anna Hutchison), Holden (Jesse Williams) and Dana (Kristen Connolly) just think he's being weird because he's high. Later that night the cellar door dramatically bursts open. The group investigate and discover the cellar is full of curious relics. Dana finds an old creepy diary apparently belonging to a young girl who used to live in a cabin. Unfortunately by reading the diary Dana has awakened the young girl's homicidal family. Now can this oddball group of friends find a way to escape the cabin in the woods.
What Worked - Now as many of you may know I am not a fan of the horror genre. So when I finally sat down to watch this movie I was pretty nervous. But I'm glad to report The Cabin in the Woods is definitely a nontraditional horror film. My reasoning for that is there's this whole other surprise subplot which kind of made the movie feel a tiny bit like The Hunger Games. That's all I'm going to say on the matter, I don't wanna spoil the movie for you. Just know it's bizarrely entertaining. There's also just a ton of references to other horror movies. Movies I've never seen, but I can still recognize. The movie just has a lot of fun with its self.
What Didn't Work - There is some unfortunate nudity. There's also a lot of blood, guts and gore in the film. And when I say a lot, I mean there's a whole room literally covered in blood. It made me go weak at the knees just a bit. But seeing as The Cabin in the Woods is a horror movie that shouldn't be too much of a surprise to anyone.
Overall - So despite the fact that I don't like horror films, I can still recognize that this is a good film. I'm not gonna recommend it to my grandma mind you. But if you're a fan of the horror genre, then The Cabin in the Woods is a must watch for you mostly because of the unique subplot. It's just a lot of fun. But for everyone else who's not a horror fan, you don't need to worry about it.
A quote from the movie -
Marty - Good work, zombie arm.
So what you think? Is The Cabin in the Woods as unique as I say it is?