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  • For my sensibility that takes pleasure in art- house, the beginning resembled the thoughtless movies I avoid
  • The only interesting conceit was that the vacationers were watched by excitable technicians whose jobs, to put it more pointedly than the movie, was to manipulate their human subjects through fatal scares
  • The Cabin in the Woods exploits a lot of elements in the horror genre, complete with famous monsters and supernatural creatures (I thought I saw jeepers creepers) that populate horror movies
  • I think it does to the genre what Bertolucci has done to synthesize his passion for the art in cinema in the Dreamers, but in an unsophisticated, pulpy style


    • by jhunie

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      Just hours ago I watched The Cabin in the Woods with my sister who entreated for my company. I obliged to go see the movie because of the things I had read in highbrow film periodicals that made me curious. I probably would have viewed a different movie if she weren’t a horror movie junkie. However I was unexpectedly glad that I wasn’t myself, because the movie was so much more than just

      a tribute to the horror genre.

      Without so much mumbo jumbo to describe all the crazy stuff in the movie, let’s just say I initially reacted with a resounding ‘WTF!’ in my head. The movie follows a group of 5 stereotyped characters, 3 of whom play minor roles as plot later reveals, vacationing in the, well, Cabin. For my sensibility that takes pleasure in art- house, the beginning resembled the thoughtless movies I avoid. The only interesting conceit was that the vacationers were watched by excitable technicians whose jobs, to put it more pointedly than the movie, was to manipulate their human subjects through fatal scares. Sounds familiar? It’s gory Big Brother for real.

      The Cabin in the Woods exploits a lot of elements in the horror genre, complete with famous monsters and supernatural creatures (I thought I saw jeepers creepers) that populate horror movies. I think it does ...


      • The Cabin in the Woods (2012 film)
      to the genre what Bertolucci has done to synthesize his passion for the art in cinema in the Dreamers, but in an unsophisticated, pulpy style. I would go as far as saying it was gonzo.

      A twist in the end upends the whole plot and the movie reveals an underlying sense to an overly contrived story: okay I get it, we manufacture our own fears and we are terrorized by ourselves. I appreciate that they

      went an extra mile to go beyond the typical, although the overall effect seemed comic. I imagine horror movie fans were affronted as regards the way the movie seemed to poke fun at their favored genre.

      I liked it despite all. Not the same thing can be said for my sister, a traditional moviegoer, who thought the movie was utter rubbish. I recommend seeing it. Watch it with attentive suspicion that something crazy is about to happen.




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CJ McFarland says :

re : I think it does to the genre what Bertolucci has done to synthesize his passion for the art in cinema in the Dreamers, but in an unsophisticated, pulpy style
The house gave off the vibes that you should avoid it at all costs

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