Cabin in the Woods
Iím always worried when people start saying that a
movie is a ďGame changerĒ because what that means is that it will prompt
a flurry of movies in a similar style but by people who completely
missed the point about what made it a game changer. Take Hostel
and then all the other installments of Hostel by Eli Roth who
somehow seemed to miss the point of his own film. So Iíll start by
dispelling a myth; Cabin in the woods is not a game changer, itís
moved on from the game, itís finished the game, has packed all the
pieces away and is checking the fridge to see if there is any pizza
left. It does however make the upcoming remake of Evil Dead look
unnecessary and misguided.
I will tell you now that Cabin in the woods is
my top film of 2012 so far, I will admit that itís been a pretty
disappointing year really with only one film meeting my expectations and
this was it. For a long time I was really worried that we were never
going to get to see Cabin in the woods, it was made and then as
Joss Whedon so eloquently said in 2010 ďItís currently languishing in a
new circle of development hell, post development hellĒ. It wasnít well
understood by a studio that didnít have the money to release it when MGM
filed for bankruptcy the same set of circumstances that shut down the new
So instead of releasing it and cutting their losses
MGM announced that it would be converted to 3D and then released, when
it became clear that it wasnít any more executive friendly in 3D they
dropped it altogether.
It got shopped around by the new owners of the studio
for a full year before Lions Gate picked it up and it somewhat had a
release, to see it at all I had to go to one of the small independent
cinemas we have in Melbourne, at 10:30, (the Nova, the one that has
giant gold egg speakers dotted around the room).
So why is this film so challenging?
Well for one thing itís not safe, I donít mean that
the DVD has sharp edges. It doesnít play by the rules that we know and
love, it is truly a sheep in wolves clothing. It pretends to be a
traditional horror film with all the well worn tropes that horror
aficionados know and love and then it proceeds to try and eat your face.
Normally I go through the plot of a filmÖso here it
Some school friends pack up during spring break and
head to a cabin in the woods. Whilst there they get drunk, and
experiment with sex.
Telling you any more will be doing this amazing film
Oh ok a little more.
Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard have done an amazing job
compressing the feeling of around 30 horror film into this one whilst
mixing genuine horror, comedy, tender moments and a scenario where
no-one is actually a bad guy. Except perhaps the clown. God I hate the
clown. The thing that cabin in the woods does that so many horror films
forget to do is to make you care about the characters so when it all
goes wrong youíre not rooting for the monsters. Great performances all
round make this a must see.
It is good that the Avengers was such a huge
hit because without it there would almost be no chance we would get to
see the best horror film Iíve ever seen.
Audio: Audio quality is
fine for a DVD the run-of Ėthe-mill Dolby 5.1 Iím hoping for something
more exciting for the Blu-ray release
Video: Is a little dark
in places it has to be said, and slightly grainy. Once again hoping the
Blu-ray will fix this.
Special Features: A
fairly good making of andÖÖthatís it. DisappointingÖfrankly, wait for
the Blu-ray Director's Edition.