the most delightful slasher movie I’ve seen

cabininthewoods

Finally, I have found the answer to the age old question: Why do all those stupid college kids keep going into the deep woods, only to get slashed up and murdered by various and sundry killers? If you want to know, watch the Cabin in the Woods.

What you will learn, in addition to the answers to the above query, is why people like myself tend to obsess over Joss Whedon: even if you feel at home in a Whedon story, you never see what’s coming. No matter how much time one spends in Whedon’s universe, you will still be surprised over and over again. That Whedon has made himself a reputation of surprising his audience (as loyal an audience as any), is a testament to his boundless creativity. Whedon’s projects are never perfect but they are always surprising. Which in today’s film and television landscape should be prized as much as anything.

The Cabin in the Woods indulges in the strangeness of this creativity as much as any project, here combined with director and co-writer Drew Goddard. Goddard wrote for Whedon’s Buffy and Angel, as well as J.J. Abrams’ Lost and Alias. He’s no stranger to surprises of the best kind.

Anway. This isn’t a review. There’s nothing I have to say about the Cabin in the Woods other than it is the most delightful slasher movie I’ve ever seen. I purposefully avoided everything I could about the film until the opportunity arose to watch it, and that was the right call. If you’ve also managed to avoid learning about this movie, I promise you won’t see it coming.

(also, the performance by Bradely Whitford is simply tremendous. He alone is worth the experience).

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5 responses to “the most delightful slasher movie I’ve seen

  1. I agree that it’s one of the best slasher movies I have seen too. Even my husband liked it (which is saying a lot because he doesn’t tend to watch those types of movies). In your opinion, did you feel the movie could easily be an extension of the Buffyverse, in a way? Because that’s what it kinda felt like to me.

    (My most favourite part was when Chris Hemsworth’s character says, “Do you see that in the water?” and they all start to panic, wanting to know what he sees. He replies, deadpan, “My girlfriend” and pushes her into the water. Classic!)

    • yeah, i think it very easily extends from the Buffyverse-though most of Whedon seems to live in that same world.
      Placating the Powers that Be in Angel, or the other-dimensioned gods of later-season Buffy? They’re right at home in Cabin in the Woods.

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