The Cabin in the Woods is not your run-of-the-mill horror movie. It has elements of the horror genre, but there’s a lot more to this film.
It has the usual type of youths often found in such films. The jock, the blond hottie, the sensitive guy, the female nerd (who is always still actually a hottie in slight disguise, and becomes ever more attractive as the film progresses) and the jokey male nerd. The male nerd is often the group’s idiot-savant character and the chap in this movie fulfils this role well. He’s also reminiscent of ‘Shaggy’ (from Scooby Doo, not the Singer/Rapper).
The film begins with the red-headed female nerd having a care-free conversation with her room-mate in her panties, as appears to be customary in horror movies. However, it soon becomes clear that the film’s stereotypical horror movie line-up is no accident.
I think it would be very difficult to review this film without potentially spoiling it, I prefer a policy of suggesting what types of people may enjoy it. So, with this in mind, if you enjoy horror movies, but also like to have something to think about (and possibly discuss with friends) once the credits have rolled, you should enjoy The Cabin in the Woods. You will of course, need to partake in some suspension of disbelief, but I see little point in criticising horror movies for being unrealistic, that’s what documentaries are for isn’t it?
So I’d recommend seeing The Cabin in the Woods. It has an ambitious story-line, is also very funny in places and has some amazing scenes that look great on a big screen.