VIDEO: The Cabin in the Woods (2011)

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Phil Buni loves this meta-horror masterpiece! This review contains SPOILERS!

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  • $36060516

    I didn’t like the movie.  The characters and situations were all shallow cliches.  I know “that’s the joke” but I don’t like watching a movie about people I don’t care about being threatened by things that aren’t interesting because they’ve been done to death.  The ending had no emotional effect on me as I didn’t care about anything in the world the filmmakers created, and so was not moved in any way by it being brought to an end by a CGI special effect poor-man’s Lovecraft creature that had no originality or depth to it.  The whole thing felt like a big “aren’t I so dang clever” wink wink at the camera fest with characters that all talked in Whedon’s smug sarcastic voice.  The film made fun of tired concepts but didn’t have anything of substance to offer as an alternative. 

    • The most interesting thing about comments, to me, is how people seem to think I care if they disagree.

      • $36060516

        Nah, I didn’t think you’d be that anxious about contrary opinions, given the pot mentioned in the review.

  • maarvarq

    I loved the main characters, and found the ending immensely sad, when I realised that either these people that I cared about died, or the world ended. I even teared up a bit the second time I watched it, during Chris Hemsworth’s heroic speech just before his character died (the man just oozes charisma – I’m not sure why). Also, I will never hear an elevator bell in the same way again!

  • MichaelANovelli

    As much as I liked this film, I couldn’t get behind the ending.  I mean, the two survivors were about to die, anyway, they couldn’t take one for the team and sacrifice themselves for the good of mankind?  And for what?  Principle?  I know we’re supposed to admire them for not going along with the system, but they only delayed their own deaths for, maybe, a minute, and screwed the rest of humanity in the process…

    • Well… it WAS foreshadowed. Marty’s speech in the RV is basically a “fuck society” rant and then when given the chance to do it himself he goes through with it. He also said, lifting a joint, that you will come to see things my way, further pushing the foreshadowing. It wasn’t about delaying death, they pretty much knew by then it was over. It’s about starting everything over.

      • MichaelANovelli

        I got that part, I just didn’t find it to be a satisfactory conclusion, even if it was the only way the story could end.  People say the same thing about my book, from time to time, so I can’t get too upset.  ;-)