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'Cabin in the Woods' redefines perception of horror films

By Kyle Ogden
On April 26, 2012

Five college friends go out for a fun weekend to a remote cabin out in the middle of nowhere.

The friends include the slutty one, the jock (Chris Hemsworth) the stoner, the intellectual and the reserved virgin (Kristen Connolly).

Upon arriving, they come to find out that this cabin may not be what they were expecting. It is up to them to figure out what secrets lie within this cabin and, hopefully, how find a way out.

Meanwhile in a secret office, two employees, Sitterson (Richard Jenkins) and Hadly (Bradley Whitford), are in charge of making sure everything goes according to plan. The question is what plan exactly?

"The Cabin in the Woods" starts out almost exactly like every horror movie since the '80s.

Everything leading up to the friends arrival at the cabin in the movie comes from several key scenes from other horror films, one being a sketchy gas station scene, which can be compared to the ones from "The Hills Have Eyes" and "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre."

The movie mostly mirrors "Evil Dead" for the first 45 minutes. After that, the movie begins to take a turn in a direction that no horror film has ever taken.

The best part about the whole film is the last half hour, where everything comes to light and leads to a very different surprise ending that no one sees coming.

Any horror fan will love and have immense appreciation for how this film changes the way in which people will come to view horror films.

The downside to "Cabin in the Woods" is that it is simply not very scary, which is why I would recommend this movie to non-horror fans. It is more of a bloody thriller about horror.

Another thing is that when all hell starts to break loose in and around the cabin, the group of friends is not that surprised that their friends are being killed by what's out in the woods.

I am hardly ever this impressed with horror films, and this was a nice change of pace from "Paranormal Activity," "Saw" and the other horror remakes that keep coming out. "Cabin in the Woods", while starting out like every other horror movie, has its own originality and goes well off the map as an intense horror thriller.

This film was most definitely worth watching and seeing again. I give "Cabin in the Woods" a well deserving 4-½ out of 5 stars.


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