‘The Cabin in the Woods’: 4 out of 5 stars

By Megan Suddarth

Published April 17, 2012

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Attention horror movie buffs: Looking for originality? I know it’s hard to find this day in age, but behold! “The Cabin in the Woods” has it all: zombies, redneck torture-loving zombie families, ghosts, dragons, masked murderers, clowns, demon ballerina girls, Japanese spirits, werewolves, unicorns, mermen, snakes, spiders, vampire bats, yeah, you heard me … ALL OF THAT.

This movie seems like your regular-dumb-teenagers-in-an-abandoned-cabin-looking-for-some-fun-type horror flick. But, that’s not the case at all. No, even from the get-go this movie has you wondering, “What the crap is going on?” From super secret agent guys to underground laboratories, you’ll be confused out of your mind at the start. Never fear! You catch on throughout and realize this movie is unlike any before its time.

Five young college friends seek a good time at a cabin in the woods (clever, huh?) and soon find out they’re in for a ride. After about 10 minutes, it’s pretty obvious that everything that the kids are going through is being controlled; but, the question is: Why? Puppets in a game, they seek to find the answer to all the pain they’ve been experiencing.

Dana, the innocent, Jules, the promiscuous, Curt, the jock, Holden, the intellect and Marty, the stoner. The group is brought in and made to participate in an evil act. The plot unfolds and the group slowly decreases its number until you think it’s all over for everyone. But, this horror takes a turn that most won’t see coming. Don’t count them out yet, not until you’ve seen guts spewing or heads ripped off (yeah, it gets pretty gory).

Now, like I said, this movie is pretty original. You don’t usually see every monster that you’ve imagined hiding under your bed combine forces to kill you, but “The Cabin in the Woods” does just that. That being said, the originality is the most enticing part of the movie. If you’re a horror buff like myself, you won’t be very impressed by the “scary parts.” I mean, yeah, it’s scary, but for those immune to the horror genre such as myself, there isn’t much that will make you go home afraid to turn the lights off.

The entire film is made up of an idea that hasn’t been done in Hollywood before and it’s pretty exciting to watch what unfolds in front of your eyes. Just don’t get your hopes up too much if you want to be scared out of your wits.

Published by MeganSuddarth

"Not all those who wander are lost." -Tolkien

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