Come for the slaughter, stay for the laughterCollege students being violently slaughtered while on vacation is a concept that has been seen far too many times. The latest horror flick to hit theaters, “The Cabin in the Woods,” destroys all preconceptions of naive college students spending the weekend in a creepy cabin with new plot twists and morbid humor.
Similar to other horror movies, this one follows five friends off to spend a weekend in an isolated cabin to get away from it all. But unlike the typical horror movie, the friends are unaware that they are being watched by an unknown group of people observing and manipulating everything in and around the cabin.
From the unknown group’s control room, they direct every aspect of the environment, slowly leading each student to their demise.
Even though “The Cabin in the Woods” is a horror film, moviegoers can’t help but laugh during much of the movie. Hearing a character explain that there’s a difference between zombies and pain-loving redneck zombies is just one bit of dialogue in the movie that makes the theater burst into laughter.
Visually, the film has a perfect mix of computer-generated effects, makeup and scenery that makes everything look very realistic. “The Cabin in the Woods” looks how “Evil Dead” would if Sam Raimi decided to do a remake.
Although the movie is littered with hilarious moments and clever dialogue, by no means would I recommend letting impressionable children see it. The movie has graphic scenes of people being killed in horrible ways by nightmarish creatures while other people watch the violence apathetically.
Granted, the scenes look amazing, but I wouldn’t want my kid seeing it until he or she is old enough to have a part-time job.
With a creative plot, believable visuals and its mix of bloodshed and laughter, the movie satisfies every moviegoer’s cravings, making this film well worth seeing.
Runtime 105 min