52 Movies: Week 17
The Cabin In The Woods is a smart, funny deconstruction of the slasher movie genre.
This is the second movie I have seen in the last month that subverts expectations of the classic “teenagers in a cabin on the lake” slasher film plot. Tucker and Dale vs Evil was a much more good-spirited movie but, once the central premise was revealed, events unfolded in a fairly obvious direction. The Cabin In The Woods, by contrast, is a much more sophisticated deconstruction of the genre with a plot that unfolds like a puzzle box over the course of the movie’s hour and a half run time.
This sort of complex plot, featuring continuous reveals, is just what audiences would expect of writer director Drew Goddard who worked on the first four seasons of Lost, as well as Alias and Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Buffy The Vampire Slayer was, of course, the brainchild of Josh Whedon and his presence as a co-writer on Cabin In The Woods is felt in the subversive humor that pervades.
The Cabin In The Woods is a very funny movie and the excellent cast, featuring Bradley Whitford, Richard Jenkins, Kristen Connolly and Chris Hemsworth, among others, does a great job with the material. The less I say about the specific plot points the better. Suffice to say that I highly recommend Cabin In The Woods and suggest avoiding trailers or reviews until after you’ve seen the film.
The Cabin In The Woods continues the streak of excellent movies I’ve been seeing lately and I give it four stars out of five.