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Movie Review: Cabin in the Woods

[media-credit name="Courtesy of Film_Poster via Creative Commons" align="alignleft" width="202"][/media-credit]Question: What is one of your biggest pet peeves? Well, mine is when someone ruins a movie for me by telling me too much about it. (Also, I really hate when people talk in the theatre, but that’s another story.)

Today I decided to see Cabin in the Woods on opening day – something I rarely do but I felt compelled. My main motivation for this decision was so I would be surprised (Which is also my favorite part of viewing films.) because all over the internet reviews, film sites, and fans are all buzzing about the astonishment of this film and begging, pleading, not to spoil the story.  My expectations were set high then.

Now, here’s where I shocked myself: I wanted to see a horror film, on opening day, AND see it in D-BOX. If you don’t know what D-BOX is exactly, I put a link to its website. However, I can give you a little background. Its motion activated seating that is coordinated with the movie. So if someone is running in the movie your seat moves in a rhythm that mimics it; or if there is an explosion your seat will vibrate with an intense reaction in tune with the blast. Then, if someone on the screen is falling your seat will lean forward, etc… So, when I convinced the chicken inside me to see a horror film in D-BOX, I thought I had gone mad.  (Okay, perhaps talking to myself should have been my first clue that my head wasn’t on straight.)

I should be talking about Cabin in the Woods but I refuse to let you in on any details of the film. My main goal as a reviewer is to NOT give away the story – NO SPOILERS – but to entice people to see a film. (Sometimes I might veer people away by accident, but I am not here to badmouth films because this is just my opinion and I realize others won’t always share my views…sorry, tangent.)  I don’t always succeed in keeping all the details a secret but with this film I am going to try my hardest.

Recently I was reading an article on Indiewire.com about how reviewers were giving away details on Cabin in the Woods because they didn’t like the film. My face actually flushed with anger at my fellow critics for being so arrogant in purposely ruining a film just because they didn’t care for it. Reviewers need to stop ruining films for the rest of the world especially if a film has such a twist, unique or different approach to telling a story. Okay, that’s enough of my rant on that – back to the movie, sort of.

Tired of Previews at the Cabin in the Woods video (Click here to see just how nervous I was right before the film starts.)

Before I left my home today to see the film I realized it was Friday the 13th, and I started getting a little nervous. If you have read any of my reviews on horror films (Fright Night, Paranormal Activity, Insidious, The Evil Dead, or Silent House) you know I am a scaredy-cat, BIGTIME, hence only five, now six, horror films so far. I arrived, early as usual, and I was the only one in the theatre until almost the very last minute. Some even came in during previews. Then it began with the seat moving along with the opening song and some macabre images splattered across the screen. My heart sped-up….okay, that’s all I will tell you.

However, I will say I thoroughly enjoyed Cabin in the Woods, more than I thought I would.  Even a fellow movie-goer turned back to me as I was walking out and asked what I thought. I gave him a thumbs up and he said he liked it but wondered if the reviewers will like it. I told him I was one and then he went on telling me this was his first horror film ever. He was close to twenty years older than me. Only thing I said to him, “This wasn’t a typical horror.” I smiled, and I walked out waving goodbye.

Then another fellow movie fan came up to and proceeded to tell me how he thought of it – both positives and negatives. I remained silent for most of the conversation as I was still mulling the story over in my head. There were so many things that I wasn’t expecting. A lot more! In fact, I went through a range of emotions that shocked the heck out of me. Of course I can’t tell you which ones or it would give too many hints. However, if you are scardey-cat like me, I will go out on a HUGE limb here and say, “Go see the movie, NOW!” And I recommend, highly, paying for the D-BOX ticket. Totally worth every penny!!

Joss Whedon (co-writer and producer) may be a genius and turned me into a horror fan. I am so giggling at myself right now because I never thought I would say that, but if he has his hand on anything I will see it now.  Anything! And I can’t forget to mention the director and co-writer, Drew Goddard. These two need to write more together. Great team.

Chris Hemsworth stars in this. Many of you may know from Thor but I first discovered him in Star Trek (2009) and now Joss Whedon is directing him, as Thor, in The Avengers. Yes, I will see that. But I am looking forward to it a little more now that I have seen this film and know what the filmmaker can do with a story. I did recognize a few of the other actors, but I won’t say who, and I won’t list their names, except the one from Grey’s Anatomy (Dr. Jackson Avery). If you’ve seen the trailer, you already know Jesse Williams is in this film. So that’s not much of a spoiling point there. But that’s it – no more actors.

Was it scary? Yes. I would say so. Maybe not as scary as some other horror films but there was something different about Cabin in the Woods that made it so much more enjoyable. And you will just have to see for yourself – and do it quickly before others spoil it for you.

My favorite part: Well, if I told you, again, I would spoil it for you. Sorry.

My least favorite part: Some predictability but I am really going to let it slide on this one. You’ll see why.

Directed (co-written) by Drew Goddard, Lionsgate, 2012.

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Jesse Williams, etc…

Genre: Horror, Thriller.

Rating: R

Length: 95 minutes

Review: 8 out of 10

NOTE: No video taken during film.

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  • http://www.momsarefrommars.com Janene

    I’m glad you survived, Katy. I was worried! I heard some buzz about this film but, like you, was too worried to hear too much. I won’t say what I heard out of respect for you non-spoiler creed (which I admire!) I don’t usually go for horror, but this one sounds different. If I go, I’ll let you know what I think!

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    • http://www.tiredofpreviews.com Katy Kern

      Thanks, Janene -- this is the type of film that needs little spoken about. And if I survived this, anyone can. Go enjoy it! :-)

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  • Cher Duncombe

    And you saw this on Friday the 13! :) Terrific review, Katy. If YOU liked this horror film, it is worth seeing. A 10 Star rating for you!

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    • http://www.tiredofpreviews.com Katy Kern

      Yes, I liked and so wish I could tell you why…Thanks, Cher. This was a fun one even though I was completely terrified beforehand…:-)

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  • http://sipsofjenandtonic.com Jen and Tonic

    Okay, I’m actually sort of intrigued by this movie now. Dare I say I may actually SEE it?

    That’s saying a lot, Kern.

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    • http://www.tiredofpreviews.com Katy Kern

      Haha…That HUGE!! Then go see it this weekend or ASAP! If I can handle it -- anyone can. Trust me -- I think you will really like it. Oh, so wish I could say more but can’t. :-)

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  • http://sci-fi-gene.blogspot.com Sci-Fi Gene

    I’ve never come across reviewers deliberately spoiling films for others the way you describe and I agree it’s absolutely unforgivable.

    I’ve also never come across D-BOX, as far as I know there aren’t any D-BOX cinemas in the UK. I guess we’re a pretty backward, tribal people who still get excited about IMAX. It sounds a little gimmicky but for the right film I think it might add a lot to the experience. (It should be obvious that the right film is “Tremors”).

    On the topic of spoilers have you seen the new cut of Titanic? They’ve made a few minor changes based on feedback from test audiences. There’s a great new scene near the end where they almost hit an iceberg but swerve to the right just in time…

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  • http://www.tiredofpreviews.com Katy Kern

    Gene: I didn’t read any of the reviews regarding Cabin in the Woods that Indiewire talked about but I have seen a few reviews that share too much. Oh well…I hope the UK gets DBOX soon. I’ve seen three movies now in it and it’s worth it.
    Really, it misses the iceberg? ;-)

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  • http://castlehearttimes.blogspot.com/ Dani Heart

    See, by your review I still know nothing about the movie and am not necessarily inclined to see it. I am a horror fan, but I don’t like stupid horror, or gory horror, like Friday the 13th, and Nightmare on Elm St. I guess I will have to look up other reviews to see if it is something I am interested in. sighs..

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    • http://www.tiredofpreviews.com Katy Kern

      Dani: I, personally, don’t care for horrors in general -- especially the gory ones. But found Cabin in the Woods to be a bit different and a surprise. Sorry my review didn’t reveal what type of horror or other details. It is not norm to give away too many details but on this one I remained even more vague because this film was purposely made to be a surprise for the audience and I am honoring the filmmakers’s request (and all the other reviewers who asked to NOT spoil the film)to keep quiet.

      Might I recommend Rotten Tomatoes -- there are a lot of small snippets from reviewers. :-)

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