31 Days of Terror - 'The Cabin in the Woods' (2012)
31 Days of Terror will cover a wide array of horror films leading up to Halloween. We'll be posting our thoughts and feelings on some of our favorites every day for the next 31 days. If your favorite doesn't make it, it doesn't mean we don't like it, so speak up in the comments below!
Dana: I'm so sorry I almost shot you. I probably wouldn't have.
Marty: Hey, shh, no. I totally get it. I'm sorry I let you get attacked by a werewolf and then ended the world.
The Cabin in the Woods is one of the best meta horror comedies I've ever seen. I'm aware that that sounds like very high praise, but if you've had the privilege of watching this movie you're probably already nodding your head vigorously in agreement. If for some reason you haven't got around to seeing this flick, stop reading this, watch it, and come back.
Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon crafted one of the most insanely brilliant premises for a film and somehow got the studio to agree to fund and promote it. The film follows a group of teens that get lured to a cabin in the woods. They are under heavy surveillance by a clandestine organization that through the ages has made sacrifices to appease the gods living deep within the earth so that they don't rise up and bring about the end of the world. What makes this even more fun, though, is the manner in which this organization lightens up the act of sacrificing teens by waging bets on which monsters they've created will end up getting to kill the victims.
The film starts off as a pretty standard horror film with intentionally obvious cliches that typically permeate a vast majority of horror films. My favorite of these is the harbinger that works a rundown gas station whose every word is a warning of impending doom. The movie stays somewhat within the mold of a standard horror film for about half of its run-time. Up until that point you've seen a few oddities that you might have raised an eyebrow to and then you slowly begin to suspect that something's up that they're not telling you. At this very moment, Goddard drops a huge plot revelation and everything is full-tilt glorious madness all the way to the end. There were numerous times I thought this film had reached its peak level of absurdity but it just keeps skipping further and further into the void of insanity. Perfect insanity.
There's so much that can be said about this film that it's almost daunting to think about. I would like to do a full-on review at some point but it might just end up being me gushing about how much I love this movie. For now, I think I'm just going to go watch it again.