Escape to the Movies: Cabin In The Woods

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IcyTicey:
Slight Spoiler:

*I'm curious, which one of the little Japanese girls was "The Whore"?*

Oh, and for the record, I agree with Bob, fantastic movie that is best seen totally unspoiled.

IcyTicey:

After the lottery scene, I was hoping to see some of the other options, either as bonus content on dvd release, or alternate versions of the movie. (Dragon Bat caught my eye; wonder what would summon it) The final act made me happy in that sense.

On a side note, did anyone else get the feeling that the puzzlebox/gearman was a nod to Pinhead?

I saw Thor pick up the puzzlebox and immediately thought of Hellraiser/Pinhead, was not disappointed.

I also loved the Evil Dead references, the door to the basement, how they summon the zombies, even the whiteboard with all the types of stuff they can do, had Deadites written in the bottom left hand corner.

OT:
I really freaking loved this movie, easily one of the best films this year and one of my favorite movies of all time. Literally the best horror film since Evil Dead.

As for the comparison to Tucker and Dale? I think this is better at deconstructing horror films, as in, the people in the control room were like directors of a horror film, emotionally manipulating the audeince. Tucker and Dale is a straight-up parody. Both films are great, but Cabin has a lot more to say, not just about horror cliches but about how horror films are made.

As for the ending: I liked how it didn't end predictably with the girl shooting the guy, I liked how they didn't give in to the obvious direction it was taking as soon as that was revealed.

SkullKing84:
*MASSIVE Spoilers Below*

MrDeckard:

*MASSIVE Spoilers Below*

In a virgin sacrifice the virgin can live? Since when?

3) Of all the awesome and terrifying monsters they could have sent..... We wound up with Redneck Zombies.

The "Virgin" can live cause in all generic horror movies the last survivor, usually the innocent good nature one is the one to kill/lock away the monster. In some movies they die.

That.... Actually makes perfect sense! Thank you!

SkullKing84:

And the dumb kids choose their death via... random item. Though that mermaid would of been interesting. I wonder what item they would of picked to summon the robot or the scarecrows or the eyeless doctors or whatever?

I understand that. I just wish that they had picked a more interesting random item.

MrDeckard:

I understand that. I just wish that they had picked a more interesting random item.

That would have ruined the fun part about the ending of the movie XD.

*Spoilers*

Unicorn.... 0_0 That was the "WTF" moment during the Mayhem. And, the whiteboard... anyone else noticed Sugar Plum Fairy or Angry molesting Tree or Kevin? Also under witches was Sexy witches... lol

IcyTicey:

On a side note, did anyone else get the feeling that the puzzlebox/gearman was a nod to Pinhead?

Totally.

So, many movie references...

And once again I'm screwed as a foreigner in Germany. Release date: 14th of June :\

If you absolutely MUST watch this... waste of time; Then I suggest that you see it on cheap night.

Wish I did.

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

Andrew from buffy as the intern and Dr. Volker just hanging out in the backgroud, Wearing what looks like the same outfit he did on Destiny no less (obscure refference for the win!). Gave me a great big geek hard-on. Also im pretty sure wheadon packed a few more minor familiar faces into this at well but im going to have to watch it again to pick them out.

Needless to say the film is one of the smartest things to come out of horror in years, it just keeps getting better. Stakes are raised, expectations are toyed with, met and dashed. As soon as you think the film is out of twists or really great moments it grabs you again and says not so much "Gotcha lol" but "Here, of course we have another free beer for you!" I LOVED it, my brain loved it, the horror fan in me loved it and the film buff in me loved it.

And when the awesome song came for the credits (**Spoiler**, 90s era NIN is still fucking epic) i starting doing a little dance, singing along then i played sweet, sweet air guitar. Needless to say the teen horror fans just sat there still blank and baffled by the peice of cinematic glory they had just seen. I think they didn't get the memo.

Somewhere Joss Whedon is laughing.

IcyTicey:

After the lottery scene, I was hoping to see some of the other options, either as bonus content on dvd release, or alternate versions of the movie. (Dragon Bat caught my eye; wonder what would summon it) The final act made me happy in that sense.

On a side note, did anyone else get the feeling that the puzzlebox/gearman was a nod to Pinhead?

Oh God. I just got the joke. He's not pinhead. He's GearHead. Get it? gearhead? **Groan** What magnificent bastard put that visual pun in there?

They really pulled out the monster mash, when they revealed the whole 'options' thing i was kind of dissapoited with the results but then they made me VERY happy by having all the monsters have at least one good peice of screentime. No cock-teasing here.

SkullKing84:
*Spoilers*

Unicorn.... 0_0 That was the "WTF" moment during the Mayhem. And, the whiteboard... anyone else noticed Sugar Plum Fairy or Angry molesting Tree or Kevin? Also under witches was Sexy witches... lol

I too noticed the Sexy Witches.

The two people i was with sat there laughing their asses of during that whole sequence. All i could think was that Ponies had invaded another thing. Fuck yeah, angry Rarity!

One of the commercials said, "You'll never guess the secret beneath the cabin."

Well I did, about twenty minutes into the film. I had a "The Village" moment, that being a moment where the movie gives it's secrets away like a crack whore gives away it's body.

So if you too suffer from Village moments on a regular basis don't go see this movie. You'll spend most of the movie waiting for it to catch up to where you are in the plot.

I liked the movie. It was pretty corny all in all, but fun either way.

concerning the matrix:

they go into the older program monster thing way more in the video game.

concerning cabin in the woods:

i walked into this movie having not even seen the trailer. it was baffling, insane, and hilarious from minute one.

the last act was probably the best thing ive seen in years.

SPOILER!!:

this is the 'portal' of movies. with a little cube and evil dead thrown in. and also ten tons of magical originality.

....elevators....

Daria.Morgendorffer:

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

[snip]

*snip

Im not a big whedon fan either. Buffy never caught my attention.

@ RL Dalton, Regarding that spoiler you put at the end, I agree, i ahve not seen it yet the curiosity got to me, and I agree with you 100%. Tbh after reading though, I found myself completely not very surprised.

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.

This.

Actually, I didn't see the trailer - I just saw Movie Bob's review and said "okay, time to go see this".

I don't like horror movies. I never watch them (unless they're scifi/horror like Alien). So for me to go see this movie was mostly to do with Movie Bob's review, and the name Joss Whedon. Seriously, whatever you think of the man, Joss never fails to deliver something interesting.

Edit:
Oh, and for any Buffy/Angel fans who've seen the movie, I have another thread about Cabin in the Woods over here:

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/18.369601-Cabin-in-the-Woods-Angel-connection-SPOILERS#14332065

Someone come discuss the movie with me (and it's ramifications). Please? Pretty please?

MrDeckard:
*MASSIVE Spoilers Below*
2) Lack of explanations. Energy shields? Ghosts? Supernatural crap? Where did all that come from? From the "Ancient Ones"? What kind of sense does THAT make? They send up monsters so that they can be kept chained in the abyss? And even if they DID do it, where did the stuff like the killer robot come from?

**MASSIVE SPOILERS Continued**

I even have a thread where I wanted to discuss this possibility in greater detail. Here:

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/18.369601-Cabin-in-the-Woods-Angel-connection-SPOILERS

So yeah, that would explain where all the stuff came from.

Bara_no_Hime:

MrDeckard:
*MASSIVE Spoilers Below*
2) Lack of explanations. Energy shields? Ghosts? Supernatural crap? Where did all that come from? From the "Ancient Ones"? What kind of sense does THAT make? They send up monsters so that they can be kept chained in the abyss? And even if they DID do it, where did the stuff like the killer robot come from?

**MASSIVE SPOILERS Continued**

I even have a thread where I wanted to discuss this possibility in greater detail. Here:

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/18.369601-Cabin-in-the-Woods-Angel-connection-SPOILERS

So yeah, that would explain where all the stuff came from.

........Yeah, I've never seen Buffy/Angel.

However, if it really is part of some greater movie-verse, that makes many things make much more sense

MrDeckard:
........Yeah, I've never seen Buffy/Angel.

However, if it really is part of some greater movie-verse, that makes many things make much more sense

Well, Buffy/Angel included vampires, werewolves, demons, dark gods, robots, and sexy witches... and those are just the "good" guys.

Bad news: I live in the middle of nowhere, so I can't go see The Raid anytime soon.

Good news: I live in the middle of nowhere, so when I watch a movie like Cabin in the Woods on a matinee showing I pretty much own the theater.

Thank you, MovieBob, for the best Tuesday afternoon in quite some time.

Aiddon:
meh, in all honesty I can't stand Whedon as a writer. Not because he's incompetent, but because he lacks professionalism and has a bad history of pointing fingers at everyone ELSE whenever something he was involved in goes wrong. It strikes of a man who has a thin skin and is severely insecure about his own abilities.

But...He was screwed over by TV studios. Twice. There was no reason to Cancel Buffy or Angel except that it didnt fit their scheme for what the Studio wanted. Plus, Firefly was aired out of order. These are not him blaming so much as pointing out an unfortunate reality about the world of television production.

And, Out of curiosity, How is he unprofessional? I have heard that his writers are frequently surprised when they work for people who arent him because they are spoiled in the amount of freedom Whedon gave them, but thats not unprofessional in a bad way.

That being said, I don't love Whedon overall. I do Love Buffy, Cabin in the woods (Bob is right, very likely best film this year so far), and Dr. Horrible. I couldnt get into Firefly or Dollhouse (though Im going to give dollhouse another shot) and havent seen Angel

Holy hell this movie is awesome!

I'm incredibly glad for his first section of the review as it just confirmed my own intetest; now after seeing it with my partner I have to say that this film was one of the best and most enjoyably entertaining things I have ever seen. Good review and recommendation!

Ok, I just saw this and trust the person who dislikes horror movies- this movie is awesome
It isn't typical horror movie, so yeah, like Bob said- go see it!

I hate horror movies. I've missed out on what I hear are really good movies because I can't stomach gore- I won't watch Repo: The Genetic Opera for that reason. I also hate formula movies, which is why I don't see too many action flicks these days either. But on Bob's recommendation, I saw Cabin in the Woods.

I fell in love. Oh my GOD when I was told this movie went off the rails, I wasn't expecting anything CLOSE to what happens near the end. It was beautiful.

I despise horror movies. They themselves aren't too bad, but I have absolutely no control over my imagination, so the next few days (especially if spent alone) are miserable from the experience.

So in that end, I didn't really like cabin. BUT I didn't dislike it, which alone puts it way ahead of any other horror movie I've seen.

well, it was the first half that I really hated, Once they got underground and all sorts of shit was coming up, it became more or less a standard action movie to me and I began to be entertained.

oh yeah, I didn't actually recognize thor till I read about it here *blush*

I'm surprised you didn't mention the ending, because that was the equivalent of Mass Effect 3's ending to me (though I haven't really seen the ME3 ending but saw Angry Joe's review of it).

I'll try my best not to spoil anything (don't know how to do the whole spoiler thing warning box thing) but from just the ending, I want more, not just of the movie but of certain "things" in the movie, I want a movie for every one of these "certain things" i want more of them

How about this: when you can't talk about the movie, talk, more generally, about what it is. I don't want to be a hypocrite but since I actually don't know anything about the theory of movies, I'll use examples to explain what I mean.
For this review I would have enjoyed listening to a more thorough explanation of what plot twists are. What is a plot twist? (The closer to a definition the better.) What other things do movies with plot twists have in common? Why do they have these things in common?
Other general questions could be: how long is the movie? Is there any particula- NO, I don't what a particular reason, I want the general idea. When we have that, you could explain how that idea is implemented in this particular movie. Maybe it's not properly implemented, the explanation for that would also be interesting.
Basically, examples are not enough, examples are used to help people understand things but I barely know what there is to understand here.

I want the foundations, I think they are important and interesting. But if I care about the fundamentals then why do I post something that is fundamentally wrong? - This isn't M.I.T. open course ware, this is entertainment! The reason is that I think it would be more entertaining if I, and a great part of the rest of the audience, had some understanding.

If this isn't an option, please explain why it isn't an option :) I'll probably keep watching anyways.

Just saw it tonight and I loved how nuts the ending went! :D

Also, this article by Moviebob helped me appreciate it even more.

I agree this time 100% with bob

thanks for spoiler warning... i came back to this review after i saw the movie myself

top notch.. one of my fav films.. the more i think about it.

Coreless:

FallenTraveler:
I saw this yesterday after hearing the first thirty seconds of bobs review and looking up a little bit about who was at the helm... God damn. Joss Whedon as writer, Cloverfield Director as Director.

Walking in I wasn't sure, but I quickly found myself loving the movie, and Bob is correct, the last 20 minutes or so is mindblowing.

Anywho, just like bob said, go see this, go see this now.

This is my new favorite film.

Mindblowing? I just got back from watching the movie about 20 minutes ago and I have to say going in completely blind with only the same 30 secs of Moviebobs review that it was...kinda mediocre to say the least. I am sorry but if you couldn't see how this story was going to play out within the first 20 mins with all the information given you have absolutely no imagination whatsoever. Sure the cast was good, the idea behind the movie overall was solid enough but I have seen (heard) better, crazier concepts in black metal songs that were more enjoyable and ominous.

I have been taking Moviebobs advice on a few movies and seen some of the ones he recommended but this time I felt he really blew this one out of proportion, it just felt way too predictable. I am pretty sure most horror movie fans will see the movie no matter what but I don't think any of them will be taken by surprise with the outcome, its all given away way too fast. I personally feel they should have just let the answers come out from the main characters exploration and not given away within the first 20 mins. I consider myself a fan of Whedons past work and think he definitely makes some interesting shows but this movie just didn't do much for me.

I'm not saying I couldn't see what was going to happen, I called it too, what I was most impressed with and was most "omfg mind blown" about was the execution, they melded everything really well and with the final moments of the film (I'm talking last five minutes or so) I was especially impressed by the creativity. The entire third act with all of its nonsense (including unicorns) was very fun and completely changes the feel of the movie, which was great for me.

I think I may have appreciated on some other levels for being a film student and a massive (and I do mean massive!) fan of horror, and I can see how one may think it was mediocre, but I'll have to personally, respectfully, disagree.

just saw the movie today, since it came out last week in hong kong.
it was really good. it sure reminded me of the "evil dead" series but it changed quickly to a totally different story line.
the last 20min were really gory as hell and surely creative with all the creatures they throw at you. reminded me a tiny bit of "13 ghosts".
also the ending is something you dont expect either. so yeah, i had a good time watching it :)

Inception is a fair comparison. It blows past the "twist" and becomes a ride enjoying the concept. Of course you see it coming, the twist is shown in the first scene, it is seeing the concept and implications unfold.

I do not like horror films.

I had a great time watching "Cabin in the Woods", the most I've been pleasantly surprised by a film in a long time.

Who else is going to get the DVD and do hundreds of freeze frames on the cellar objects and their links?

I never was a fan of horror movies, but after seeing Fran Kranz in Dollhouse and then watching Tucker & Dale Vs Evil (because of Alan Tudyk) I think I'll be watching Cabin in the Woods real soon lol

This movie was obsessively over the top, corney and full of cliche...
...and is epically hilarious. The mockery it shows is amazing! I went in expecting another lame, low budget horror and laughed like mad with the rest of the viewers. Even people I know who don't like horror had so much fun.

If your looking for a good movie to watch with friends, it's a great one to go see.

Late review but... meh. Just seen it, I didn't love it. I don't really know why. Was it because I expected so much from it? Was it because I've seen a few GREAT Korean movies lately? Was it because Marijuana is again shown in a favorable way? Was it because I'm sooo tired of zombies and vampires? No idea. It's done nicely, with solid acting, a few twists here and there, a lot of satisfyingly predictable moments and many wink-wink-nudge-nudge moments. But it's not memorable. And it ought to have been, judging by how many correct buttons it has managed to push. At some points it reminded me about District 9 (in the "let's do the same story but waaaay differently" department). But even Troll Hunter was done better.

Since a few talked about "The Village", yeah, that was a memorable movie. The last Hollywood movie I actually give a damn about is "Rise of the Planet of the Apes", while the last awesome movie,for me, was "Shutter Island". What's wrong with you Hollywood? What happened to good old film-making? From the looks of it, it has moved to South Korea lately, after taking a long detour through the UK.

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