Quick Review: Cabin in the Woods (2011)

Yes, you did. Yes, you had zombies. But this is ‘Zombie Redneck Torture Family,’ see? They’re entirely separate species. Like the difference between an elephant and an elephant seal.

Some say that I can be somewhat of a film snob when it comes to certain movie genres, horror films being one of them, but I beg to differ. While I don’t necessarily tend to like a lot of horror films, specifically more modern ones (there are some that I really like like Hereditary, some of The Purge movies and Scream), I don’t necessarily agree with the characterization of my tastes lol. I appreciate horror films for what they are (morality plays/cautionary tales) and their role in movie history (starting with films like 1922’s Nosferatu to the B Movies of the 1950s to the blacksploitation horror films of the 1970s).

Throughout time as the genre has evolved or devolved, depending on your point of view, the genre has definitely changed. In my opinion, most of these films throw story and plot to the wind and just focus on gore, sex, violence and shock and awe (a la 2016’s Terrifier)…the more outlandish and implausible the better (I’m still wondering if Michael Myers is an alien or superhuman because, seriously, how may times can you die and keep coming back???). Most of the acting is usually mediocre or way over the top…but I’m not sure if that’s just playing into the genre or not.

But enough of my ranting about horror films lol…so Cabin in the Woods…I was not a fan of this one. It was so crazy and camp. Written in span of 3 days by Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard who also did the screenplay for The Martian, Bad Times at the El Royale and World War Z…three movies I DO like), this movie is supposedly a horror movie poking fun at horror movies, but it still wasn’t for me (I feel like Scream did a better job of that). With a pre-Thor Chris Hemsworth and a plot that pushes forward the same tropes/stereotypes…the virgin, the promiscuous one, the stoner, the nerd, the jock/stud, etc. If you want some good eye rolls watch this, otherwise steer clear.