Movie Review: The Cabin in the Woods (2011)

For a film that has good pedigree, I felt The Cabin in the Woods was a lost opportunity.

Helmed by Drew Goddard (Cloverfield) and penned by Joss Whedon (the upcoming Avengers movie), the movie is high on concept, but utterly low on scares and suspense. I'd describe the film as smart and an attempt to deconstruct the horror film genre, but it got caught up with the meta and references to other films.

Horror fans will find the film endearing as it one big hat tip, but casual film fans will find it frustrating. I felt that there was a point that the movie took too much time to tie the loose ends in the story.

The Cabin in the Woods is a smart and solid addition to the horror film canon, but it's several notches below Drag Me to Hell and the Scream franchise.

Rating: 3/5

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