The Cabin in the Woods (2011)

The Cabin in the Woods is a popular horror film that was released in 2012. It was directed by Drew Goddard, making his film directing debut, and produced by Joss Whedon. Both Goddard and Whedon wrote the film together. The movie stars Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams, and more. It was widely praised, receiving a 91% score on Rotten Tomatoes and winning 20 different awards and 34 nominations. Eric Kohn from indieWire stated that The Cabin in the Woods “ranks among one of the most wryly self-aware works of American pop culture entertainment in years”.

When you first look at The Cabin the Woods, you may think you’re in for a typical horror movie ride but think again. The beginning of the movie seems to start out pretty archetypal. Dana (Kristen Connolly), Curt (Chris Hemsworth), Jules (Anna Hutchison), Marty (Fran Kranz), and Holden (Jesse Williams) are a group of friends looking to get away for a relaxing vacation. They decide to pack up an RV and head to a remote cabin located in the forest for the weekend. Of course, it’s a horror movie, so bad things happen, right? Yes, but not quite how you think.

Before we meet the five teenagers in the film, we’re greeted by two scientists, Gary Sitterson (Richard Jenkins) and Steve Hadley (Bradley Whitford), getting coffee and chatting in a breakroom. A technician, Wendy Lin (Amy Acker) enters the room to inform the men that Stockholm had failed and it was now just them and Japan left to do the job. This intentionally vague introduction will come back to play an important part later in the film.

Once the group of friends arrives at the cabin the begin to realize they are quite isolated and there is no way to communicate with the outside world. As they are playing a game of Truth or Dare inside, the cellar door suddenly flies open. In typical horror movie fashion, they all go down to investigate. However, what happens from here on out is far from typical. It turns out that far away, in an underground lab, Sitterson and Hadley, who are engineers, are able to remotely control the cabin. They are the ones that caused the door to open and entice the teenagers down into the cellar where they find many strange and curious artifacts.

What follows are intense scenes with various monsters, rituals, and the use of mind-altering drugs to control the five friends. What happens in this isolated and engineered cabin? Will the group of friends make it out alive? Who are these engineers and why are they doing this? To find out more, you’ll have to watch The Cabin in the Woods. You’re sure to enjoy this unique horror movie that attempts to turn the genre upside down.