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The Cabin In The Woods

by Louise Adams
Tuesday Sep 18, 2012
The Cabin In The Woods

"The Cabin in the Woods" is a Rick Baker wet dream, and Joss Whedon's terrifyingly hilarious homage to all things horror.

I would call Spoiler Alert, but almost every scary shtick makes it into this film. Starting with the standard "teens in trouble" device, Whedon and co-writer/director Drew "Cloverfield" Goddard layer a puppet master trope over the proceedings in order to justify cameos from a multitude of horror creatures, from werewolves to maniacs with saws in their heads to tooth-faced Degas ballerina-monsters, even to alien matriarch Sigourney Weaver.

The whore, the athlete, the scholar, the fool/pothead and the virgin predictably dismiss tobacco-stained hillbilly warnings and make their way to the remote cabin, under the auspices of a Big Brother grid. Manipulated by their watchers, the quartet descend into the creepy cellar to muse over a panoply of "objets du massacre incitement" - dolls, boxes, lockets, you name it - before choosing to read the Latin invocation in a diary, which rouses the zombies and we're off and, well, running. And screaming. And bleeding.

Much like the nightmare world fueled by fear in "Monsters, Inc.," this alternate universe maintains stasis via the blood of innocents, who must, Savior-style, lay down their lives to save humankind. White-collar corporate schlubs Bradley Whitford and Richard Jenkins run a NASA-light-like system to lure a steady stream of prerequisite nubile thangs to their grisly ends. But why? To entertain us, of course, and to placate the blood lust of the Ancients, "gods who used to rule the earth" who now lurk and seethe below the concrete bunkers that warehouse every creature with an IMDB credit, from the "It" Clown to a merman (the aquatic, not the Ethel, type).

"The Cabin in the Woods" is a whip smart genre reworking, delightfully gory, poignantly painful, and earns its laughs, from a unicorn stabbing spree to the stoner's marijuana deflecting outside chemical manipulation. This dose of Whedon weed is highly recommended.

"The Cabin in the Woods"

Louise Adams is a Chicago freelance writer at www.treefalls.com (and a nom de guerre).


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