All I knew about The Cabin in the Woods going in was what I learned from the poster. And I know people always say this — in fact, I myself always say this — but really. You do not want to read about this movie before you see it, and you definitely want to see it in a theater.
Audience is always important, but especially at a horror movie. We waited in line what might be considered a ridiculous amount of time so we could be sure to see it with a rowdy preview screening crowd full of horror fans, and that was absolutely the right decision.
Here are the only things I knew, and thus the only things you need to know:
- It’s a horror movie.
- It’s co-written by Joss Whedon & Drew Goddard, so obviously there will be more than a twist; there will be a deconstruction of the genre.
- The cast includes Richard Jenkins & Bradley Whitford, which is amazing.
That’s basically all you need to know. But one last thing I didn’t know going in: the third act is really loud. Really. Loud. So if that is a problem for you, and you know who you are, bring earplugs.
It’s funny. It’s scary. It has one greatest cameos of all time, which I will discuss with you after you see it. It has all the elements you expect in a horror movie. It turns them on their head. And did we mention Bradley Whitford? Bradley Whitford! In a horror movie! Hooray!
PS If you see this & enjoy it and have NOT seen Tucker & Dale Vs Evil, please fix that ASAP. Thank you.