Can you believe that Halloween is almost here? The month of September will be over soon and October will be upon us. Where did this summer go? Well one thing I can say is there were plenty of must see films from this past year and The Cabin in the Woods is on the top of that list. Most of you may have seen Cabin by now and if not what are you waiting for? Cabin is one of the few films thats brings a little bit of everything from the horror culture and packs it into a thriller that only Joss Whedon could create. So this will not be a tell all review just an updated review including whats extra for you Blu-ray honks.
The look of the film is the main reason behind blu-rays success and Cabin doesn’t disappoint. Already a very vivid setting deep in the forest Woods couldn’t have looked any better on blu ray and here are the extra goodies available with this weeks release:
Audio commentary with Writer/Director Drew Goddard and Writer/Producer Joss Whedon
“We Are Not Who We Are: Making The Cabin in the Woods” featurette
“The Secret Secret Stash” featurette – Marty’s Stash & Hi, My name is Joss and I’ll be your guide
Wonder-Con Q&A with Joss and Drew
“An Army of Nightmares: Make-Up & Animatronic Effects” featurette
“Primal Terror: Visual Effects” featurette
“It’s Not What You Think: The Cabin in the Woods” Bonus View Mode (Blu-ray Exclusive)
Though I didn’t watch all the featurettes the ones that I did were pretty cool. The Q&A with Joss is particularly good as you get a nice telling of his vision of The Cabin in the Woods. Also the exclusive “It’s Not What You Think: The Cabin in the Woods” gives you a little more to think of after seeing the film.
The plot is pretty basic when a group visiting a family member’s lake house for some R&R becomes pawns in a game of survival. Followed closely by govt. looking agencies Woods pays homage to a well done show by Whedon Dollhouse that was a fantastic show by many critics but hated by the general public who thought it was too close to Buffy.
Woods stands out as film able to blend the technology of today with scare tactics of the past as you find out the Cabin houses creatures set to kill for sacrifices to a high power. That is the problem most have with this film, the ending. Almost turning into an animated feature Cabin failed at keeping the audience once it was revealed there were gods that needed to be kept at bay by human sacrifices of particular character types. If they were just feeding the legion of monsters in the cabin I think it would have been fine, but going from zombies, to hordes of monsters, to a giant demon arm really doesn’t cut it. I wonder if Whedon had it all over to do would he and how would it affect the overall tone of the film. Regardless the acting is fine and there is enough story and comedy to keep the casual fan amused as well.
Cabin wins by taking a normal horror storyline and giving it an up to date feel, but also loses by coming up short in the end. I still think this is a must have film to have in your collection and who knows after watching it for the umpteenth time it may grow on you. The Cabin in The Woods stars Kristen Connolly (The Happening), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Anna Hutchison (Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior), Fran Kranz (The Village), Jesse Williams (Grey’s Anatomy), Richard Jenkins (The Visitor), and Bradley Whitford (Billy Madison). Pick it up today!