Escape to the Movies: Cabin In The Woods

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Moriarty70:
Honestly, as great as this is going to be, I can't get the opening number from "Evil Dead The Musical" out of my head everytime I see/hear the name of this movie. Not complaining, just saying.

Also, doesn't the cabin look like a nail for nail recreation of the Evil Dead one?

I was totally going to post that video. Watching the review, 90% of my thoughts were "I'm SO going to link to that song in the discussion thread!

So yeah, ninja'd, much anguish. Cabin in the woods ooh, cabin in the woods yeah.

On topic, I really don't like horror films, and most of my thought process while watching them is trying to justify to myself why I wouldn't be in the same situation, because I wouldn't do stupid thing XYZ. I don't gain any pleasure from watching horror films. So now I'm uncertain as to whether this apparently very good film is something I should watch.

First of all, the opening shot with nothing but M Night Shamalayan movies was funny.

Second: I think I know what the twist you're talking about is... I saw a glimpse of it in the trailer, but nonetheless, I stopped watching the review at the 1:46 mark.

Third: Gotta go see this.

I've been waiting so long for this movie, I cannot wait!

thejackyl:

Frankfurter4444:
I guess the only question I would have is "What if I hate horror movies?"

I'd like to know this too

Frankfurter4444:

MovieBob:
If you like horror movies, do not miss Cabin in the Woods.

I guess the only question I would have is "What if I hate horror movies?"

This isn't a horror movie. This is more than that.

It's not shock horror or torture porn. It's not just blood and guts and shit like that.

Go see it, seriously, I don't think you'll regret it.

I just came from the cinema where I saw it, and I got to say - Definetly reccomend it to anyone :)
It was loads of fun.

Movie Bob likes this movie alot which means i'll think it sucked, since EVERY MOVIE he liked I have hated. So thanks for saving me money again this week Bob.

Abandon4093:
Also yea, how exactly did Chriss look so much younger in this

Well firstly, because he is. As Bob said, Cabin was actually shot a few years ago, before Thor. Not 5-10 years admittedly, but since 10 years younger would make him 17 I suspect there may be a bit of exaggeration there.

Secondly, makeup. Hollywood hasn't spent decades dressing middle-aged women up as teenagers without learning a thing or two about making people look younger.

Not reading the comments, since I know the average forum-goer is usually not as good as Bob at not spoiling movies, so I apologize if this has been said already:

I really don't think the big spoiler warning is all that necessary up front. As Bob mentioned, the only thing he really mentions was already in the trailer.

I'm gonna roll with Lockout tonight. cabin in the woods later.

Bob, it is great seeing you so stoked about a movie.
I am going to drop everything I am doing and go wa...

Baresark:

Facial hair is the answer. I grow facial hair, I look 35 (I'm 31). I cut it off, I look 25. Facial hair always and forever makes people look older. He had a beard in Thor, and he is clean shaven with short hair in this one. Thor you have a man, Cabin you have a young man who eats steroids for breakfast. :-P

He looked a lot slimmer to though.

Kahani:

Well firstly, because he is. As Bob said, Cabin was actually shot a few years ago, before Thor. Not 5-10 years admittedly, but since 10 years younger would make him 17 I suspect there may be a bit of exaggeration there.

Secondly, makeup. Hollywood hasn't spent decades dressing middle-aged women up as teenagers without learning a thing or two about making people look younger.

That's it then, it's probably before he beefed up for Thor.

Gxas:

This isn't a horror movie. This is more than that.

It's not shock horror or torture porn. It's not just blood and guts and shit like that.

Go see it, seriously, I don't think you'll regret it.

Is it like the 'House of Leaves' of the film world?

That presented itself as a horror but was actually more of a satire of the academic world and how worthlessly annoying it is.

OK, I'm intrigued. I'm not going to watch the review before seeing this movie.

Moviebob, lease make those messages after the video stay on screen a little longer. I like to read them, but pausing the video with tablet controls is awkward and frustrating.

There's no shakey-cam is there?

Abandon4093:

Gxas:

This isn't a horror movie. This is more than that.

It's not shock horror or torture porn. It's not just blood and guts and shit like that.

Go see it, seriously, I don't think you'll regret it.

Is it like the 'House of Leaves' of the film world?

That presented itself as a horror but was actually more of a satire of the academic world and how worthlessly annoying it is.

In a sense. It pokes fun at the horror genre, but it doesn't really say, "This shit is retarded, just look at it" like other satire movies have tried to do.

It takes itself seriously, while still satirizing. It's a brilliant combination of the two.

Gxas:

Abandon4093:

Gxas:

This isn't a horror movie. This is more than that.

It's not shock horror or torture porn. It's not just blood and guts and shit like that.

Go see it, seriously, I don't think you'll regret it.

Is it like the 'House of Leaves' of the film world?

That presented itself as a horror but was actually more of a satire of the academic world and how worthlessly annoying it is.

In a sense. It pokes fun at the horror genre, but it doesn't really say, "This shit is retarded, just look at it" like other satire movies have tried to do.

It takes itself seriously, while still satirizing. It's a brilliant combination of the two.

That sounds just like 'House of Leaves'.

I was about half way through that before I realised what it was doing. And the core horror story within, is actually one of the best I've ever read.

I'm just going to say it: I don't like Joss Whedon. I don't like the way he writes characters, I don't like how insufferably smug his "wit" is, I don't like how interchangeable any characters from any of his works are with any characters from any of his other works and I especially don't like how, rather than having actual relationships, all his characters ever seem to do is posture with each other.
Case in point, Captain America's line in the Avengers trailer: "Big man in a suit. Take that away and what are you?" Now, I'm not big on the comic history, so I can't comment on that, but based on what I've seen of the movies, I can understand Cap not liking to Tony Stark much. Cap is a responsible, properly morally aligned relic from an age when politeness was much more strongly expected of people, while Tony is a smug, self-satisfying businessman whose attempts to learn genuine responsibility haven't quite taken effect yet. Yes, I can see the two not quite getting on well at first, but based on the way he was portrayed in his movie, I cannot see Steve Rogers saying something so fratboy douchebaggy as "Big man in a suit. Take that away, what are you?" As if he need to prove something to himself by demeaning Stark.
That is, however, the only way that Joss Whedon knows how to write character interactions.

*Spoiler Warning*

A modern high budget horror movie that doesn't suck?

I need to see this.

RJ Dalton:
I'm just going to say it: I don't like Joss Whedon.

[snip]

It's the same problem with the "You're a dick" line from X-Men. He substitutes a marginally clever (at best) witticism where actions would work much, much better.

What I hate about Whedon is that I never really feel suspension of disbelief in his writing because there's self-referential, and then there's being self-referential while at the same time pointing out "oh, look at how CLEVER this is". That's how I feel constantly when I watch anything that Whedon has anything to do with, that people who find it amusing, entertaining, whatever "get it" and the rest of us, well, it's like getting told "you had to be there" as if referring to something that happened at a party the "cool" kids said you weren't "cool" enough to be invited to anyway.

(Not that I think there's anything particularly wrong with you if you like it...I know really cool Buffy fans, and I know really douchey Buffy fans. More power to you for liking what you like. Just don't be down on me for not liking what you like. It's just a turn-off to me when writers do that sort of thing and don't find it "mind-blowing" that Whedon thinks he's making soup just because he puts a bunch of stuff in a pot and starts stirring.)

As for this movie? I've read the spoilers, and frankly it strikes me as a

**SPOILER**
Rube Goldberg plot device. It's an awfully complicated setup to do an awfully simple thing. I have a word for that. And that word is "contrived".
**END SPOILER**

shadowstriker86:
*Spoiler Warning*

Gah! Beat me to it!

Varya:
I'm sorry Bob, but I don't trust you since Sucker Punch... ;) just kidding

And since Red Tails. And i'm not kidding, i find Bobs movie tastes to be quite questionable at times.

Frankfurter4444:

MovieBob:
If you like horror movies, do not miss Cabin in the Woods.

I guess the only question I would have is "What if I hate horror movies?"

I'll note that Ebert's review says Whedon calls this movie "a loving hate-letter to horror movies." It's quite possible you'll appreciate this movie more for disliking horror movies, depending on your reasons for feeling that way.

Without giving anything away, let me just say there's a certain underlying theme of revulsion with the kind of people who cheer for horror movie victims to die. Parts of it definitely work as conventional horror, but that's just the veneer.

It really is a very enjoyable movie, and I agree that it's well worth seeing.

Gekidami:

Varya:
I'm sorry Bob, but I don't trust you since Sucker Punch... ;) just kidding

And since Red Tails. And i'm not kidding, i find Bobs movie tastes to be quite questionable at times.

Honestly, I haven't even seen Sucker Punch, I'm just tired of that being brought up as some sort of "proof" of Bob's bad taste. I can't say I know a single person who dosen't love a movie I hate and vice verca. If Bob gives me one bad recomendation a year I can live with that. And he's usually good at explaining why he loves/hates something so if he loves a movie because it has boobs and pirahnas, I know we're on the same level, whilst if he loves it because he likes Beavis and Butthead I know it's not for me. So far, Bob's taste is very close to mine, even if I tend to enjoy things he is "jaded" against. But as I said, even if there once in a while is a miss, I can live with that, it doesn't mean he looses all credibility as a critic, he's here to give his oppinions after all, not mine.

Yeah, that's a lot of hyperbole. Tucker and Dale vs Evil was better. So was the first Scream movie.

Written by Joss Whedon. I'll catch it on DVD in 3 months time.

Whedon is a fine director. He is not great, but competent and knows how to working within budgets. I do not mind some of his characters, but I would have trouble picking out what character said which line.

I hate his self aware dialog, some of which feels better said on the Satellite of Love and not in a space western.

I hate his fanbase in general. Not all of them. I know a lot of diehard whedonites that I get along with great, as long as we are not discussing Whedon, but I rarely meet those on the Internet. I hate the ones that think its some package deal, that if I like one of his projects, I must like them all. I hate those that think he is some delicate flower that needs to be shielded from criticism at all times. I especially hate all of those people that still blame Fox for Firefly getting cancelled. The show was cancelled because no one watched it and spare me that correct order bullshit. Leading up to the Serenity movie, SciFi channel had the show airing every Sunday. The network marketed it correctly, and showed it in the correct order. No one watched it then.

I'm fairly certain this movie would still be on the shelves if it weren't for the Avengets movie coming out next month. This movie will not appeal to many horror fans, but more to Whedonites, which is a loud group, but not a big one.

Speaking as a horror fan this film was pretty fucking great.

Kuth:
I may just see it now, but on an off topic... Bob talked about the Matrix Reloaded and the Rouge AI programs. I thought about it and I have no I idea what he was talking about. The several times I have watched that movie I never got much hint to Vampires and werewolves at all, I got a horror movie/ Dracula theme going down, but I did not expect vampires or anything to pop in later into the movie. Am I the only one who missed this or is Bob just reading into movies too deeply?

No you aren't only one who missed it (someone in the comments above already asked that) and no Bob isn't reading into it too deeply I remember it too. There was some talk about how the next group of henchmen could only be killed with silver bullets and it was obvious where they were going with that. That said it's not a big part of the movie and they quickly move on never to mention it again.

Edit: Oh yeah, this movie is now definitely a must-see even though I wasn't even aware it was coming out.

Aptspire:
All you need to know: Written by Joss Whedon

Reminded me A LOT of the last episode of Angel! It was very good. So far this year, I like Chronicle a bit more, but this was just really, really worth seeing in the theatre.

BUT IT WON'T BE OUT HERE FOR (probably) THREE MONTHS!!!! (here = New Zealand) I'll be able to get it on DVD before then, but everyone on the interwebs for the sites I read will have revealed everything about it.

(If only there were some not entirely legal way I might be able to see it...)

Man, that movie sure was original. Not at all a rip-off of a freaking John Ritter movie made literally 20 years ago called Stay Tuned (1992): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0105466/ Just original as original can be. Cough*f-ingsarcasm*cough. Oh dear, I must be coming down with something.

Not since Fellini have I ever seen a movie maker so proud of such minor intellectual accomplishments as Joss Whedon and his live-action adaptation of tvtropes.org. Really? Movies are formulaic and designed that way to evoke a particular response from the audience? No way! Next you'll be telling me the only reason they make these movies is to get my money.

In short: it wasn't bad. Some of it was even entertaining. But it was difficult to make out even the brightest of gems of insight within the nearly opaque haze and fetid stench of undeserved smugness surrounding every scene.

Gxas:
Caught the midnight showing of this last night.

Absolutely loved it and went in completely blind, save for the first trailer.

Was upset when the rest of the theater thought that the ending was bad, because I don't think that you could have ended the movie any other way without veering from the commentary that the movie is giving right from the start.

Excellent film. Will see again.

I've got a question for you. How scary is this?
'Cos I do not deal well with horror (of the psychological variety in particular), but this movie otherwise sounds really interesting!

So give it to me honest, am I gonna be checking behind me for days?

Well, I didn't watch the entire review. And seeing as I haven't seen the trailer, I'm not spoiled! However, I've been hearing multiple people saying that it's a good movie, so I am tempted to watch it.

Aureliano:
Man, that movie sure was original. Not at all a rip-off of a freaking John Ritter movie made literally 20 years ago called Stay Tuned (1992)...

Alright, I'm not going to touch the rest of your post but that...that's a bit of a stretch.

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