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(photo from IMDb)
Time for another installment of Grownup Movie Night Reviews. This week I bring you The Cabin in the Woods (2011 rated R 95 minutes)
starring Chris Hemsworth (photo from IMDb)
known for Thor and The Avengers
and Jesse Williams (photo from IMDb)
from my favorite show, Grey’s Anatomy
I had heard such bad reviews of The Cabin in the Woods I had to watch it for myself. Sounds insane I know, but I just had to see for myself what it was like.
The movie starts with a random conversation of a couple “suits” talking about kids, wives, and life. Bam comes the title The Cabin in the Woods in big red menacing letters!
Curt’s (Chris Hemsworth from Thor and The Avengers) cousin has a cabin that he is taking his girlfriend and a few friends for a weekend getaway from college. We have a jock, a pretty girl, a smart girl, a smart guy (Jesse Williams from Grey’s Anatomy)and a stoner. Sounds like the perfect recipe for a horror flick. Off they head to their fun weekend, which will be most likely full of sex, drinking, and some drug use (at least the one guy).
We flash back and forth from the “suits” to the kids in their van. Then we see beautiful scenery with an eagle or hawk soaring. It dives, and buzz like a moth on a bug zapper it hits an invisible wall/shield! The van drove through no issue without noticing. Not a good sign for the kids…looks like there will be no easy escape from this once they figure out what’s going on.
Right off the bat there is a one way mirror in between the bedrooms. You know the kind like in police stations (not that I know from personal experience lol), but you can see yourself like a mirror and the other side is a window. There is also a basement full of odd artifacts. We find out that they are being watched all the time, and even more the environment is being controlled by the “suits”. They can change the temp, lighting, or add those lovely pheromones to get people in the “mood” (You know..wink wink..what I am talking about).
Things start moving quickly with people being attacked by zombies, which the “suits” have been betting on. It’s fairly messed up what is going on in this secret lair.
We start to figure out that each of these kids are part of a ritual to keep ”The Ancient Ones” from rising. I will stop there and let you see what happens.
The flow was weird. There were two times I thought the movie was over, but I would look at the time bar and see it still had a good 20 minutes left. It would then pick back up again. I liked the idea of the “suits” causing things to happen, but then this whole “Ancient Ones” business. It was like the movie couldn’t decide whether to be a modern horror flick or go old school supernatural.
It was not as horrible as I had heard others say, but it could’ve been better. I gave it 3 out of 5 stars on my Netflix queue.
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