The Cabin in the Woods: Movie Review by a Mississauga Chiropractor

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I just watched The Cabin in the Woods (2011) starring, Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Jesse Williams (Grey’s Anatomy) & Richard Jenkins (Six Feet Under)

In a hidden underground industrial facility, two technicians Sitherson (Richard Jenkins) & Hadley (Bradley Whitford) are preparing for their day on a secret operation.  They are spying on five unsuspecting teenagers: Dana (Kristen Connolly), Jules (Anna Hutchison), Curt (Chris Hemsworth), Holden (Jesse Williams) & Marty (Fran Kranz), watching them prepare for their trip to a remote cabin owned by Curt’s cousin.  While drinking and relaxing at the cabin, the five friends discover a hidden basement filled with interesting artifacts; from an old 1900s diary, an unique puzzle ball, a wedding necklace, a conch shell and a box with a dancing ballerina.  Once Dana reads an old latin phrase from the diary, the Buckner Family from the diary returns from their graves in a zombie-fied state.  One-by-one, each of the friends are ambushed and killed by the Buckner zombies until only Dana and Marty were left.  While running for their lives, Dana & Marty stumbled upon one of the Buckner graves and discover that it led to an elevator that went down into the ground, and into the hidden facility.

At the facility they uncover hundreds of caged monsters such as a Merman, Sugar Plum Fair, Clown, Fornicus, Floating Witch, Dismembered Goblin, Guy with a Puzzle ball, Killer Bride, Werewolf, etc. who were being prepped for future operations.  Marty and Dana discover that they have been setup and unleash the monsters on the guards of the hidden facility.  At the end, they are approached by The Director the of Facility (Sigourney Weaver) who explains the background of the industrial facility and the secret operations.

I really liked this Joss Whedon creation.  He borrowed a lot of themes and actors from his past Buffy and Angel creations. The first half of the movie played out like a typical horror flick.  There was the beauty, the jock, the nerd, the funny pot-head and the goody-goody virgin.  Each one, in typical fashion was murdered in order of who was most naughty.  The excitement started once the roles reversed and the hunters became the hunted.  Joss got pretty creative with his choice of monsters in this movie.  It had a kind of Men in Black feel to it.

Overall, it would give this film a 9/10 stars.  Definitely check it out.  Happy Viewing!




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