“Cabin in the Woods,” which was released last Friday, is not your typical horror film. It mixes science fiction, slasher themes and ancient mythology into one film to create horror.
Directed by “Lost” scriptwriter Drew Goddard and co-written and produced by Joss Whedon, who is most famous for creating the TV series, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Cabin in the Woods” has all the main ingredients to create a modern-day scary movie. But there are multiple twists and turns to keep the viewer interested in the storyline and to focus less on the blood and gore.
The first scene of the film introduces two government scientists, played by Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford, discussing America’s position in some sort of global competition, hinting that more is going on than what meets the eye.
The next scene shows five college kids driving out to a relative’s cabin located deep in the woods of Deliverance Country.
Along with this typical scenario are the typical characters: Holden (Jesse Williams), the nerdy black guy; Jules (Anna Hutchison), the easy sorority girl; Marty (Fran Kranz), the pothead; Curt (Chris Hemsworth), the alpha-male football jock; and Dana (Kristen Connolly), the virgin.
After the group gets settled into an outdated, creepy cabin, they soon find the cellar and its strange contents.
Meanwhile, the government agents are back at their headquarters somehow controlling different scenarios happening in the cabin.
In the cellar, Dana finds a ragged diary dated in the 1900s that has a perturbing passage in it that she reads aloud, which then leads to the villains: redneck zombies.
The blood and gore come shortly thereafter. The body count rises, and each character dies some gruesome death by sharp objects and relentless zombies.
The film flashes back and forth between the government bureaucrats and the unlucky college kids getting slaughtered. The connection between the two groups becomes clearer as the officials push buttons and move levers that control the woods that the victims are in.
Soon, there are two characters left, the virgin and the pothead, who seem to figure out that they are in what they think is some sort of disturbing game.
They find an escape and end up in the government headquarters, where all hell breaks out. What they thought was a game is actually not.
The plot gives way to another twist, more villains, and ancient mythology.
“Cabin” isn’t going to scare you out of your seat, but it has a good number of horrifying surprises and underlying humor to make this movie something familiar, yet