The Cabin In The Woods movie review - Aussieboyreviews


This film is extremely messy, stupidly silly and isn’t even enjoyable as a horror-comedy. The Cabin in the Woods is absolutely pathetic, and not even in a way that’s laughable or it’s-so-bad-it’s-so-good.


When five college friends travel out to a remote cabin in the woods, they unknowingly awaken several zombies and discover the truth behind the cabin in the woods.

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Movie details

Director: Drew Goddard
Cast: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford
Writer: Joss Whedon, Drew Goddard
Release Date (Australia): 14 June 2012
Runtime: 95 minutes/1h 35m
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Comedy
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (MA15+)

The film includes horror themes and depictions of zombie and monster attacks.

Violence (MA15+)

The film includes depictions blood sprays as a result of stabbings, impalement and people being attacked by zombies and monsters.

Coarse Language (M)

The film features coarse language, including use of words such as “f**k”, “s**t” and “ass”.

Drug Use (M)

The film contains multiple scenes that feature depictions of a character smoking marijuana.

Nudity (M)

The film contains a scene in which a woman’s breasts are viewed.

Sex (M)

The film includes moderate verbal references to sex and a scene of sexual activity.

mpaa rating

R (for strong bloody horror violence and gore, language, drug use and some sexuality/nudity)

Aussie boy's thoughts

The Cabin in the Woods makes the horror genre look like a dumb, unfunny and dull mess of monster gore and cheap thrills. This movie alone will leave you with more questions than the typical amount of plot holes or big clichés than the typical low-budget horror movie. It’s weird, convoluted and it shouldn’t have existed until it knew what it was and what it was trying to be.

The real plot holes, clichés or big flaws in each horror movie always starts in the script. This film’s screenplay, written by Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard, is just completely messy and ridiculously-praised confusion. It would be best if The Cabin in the Woods knew what it was doing, but it happily moves forward without any scares, laughs or creativity. It’s like they had a group of over 100 people who would write each paragraph based on the storyline, but without knowledge of what had been previously written.

Other than that, this film could at least try to be entertaining or somewhat alluring, which it never is. It begins like the familiar Evil Dead and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but only goes downhill. The performances make the well-selected cast look bad, the CGI work is horrible and the direction only further contributes to the giant mess that is The Cabin in the Woods.

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