Friday, April 13, 2012

The Cabin In The Woods

One, I'll start out saying this is one of the best horror movies I've seen in years.  Two, I'll add that the less you know about it going in, the better.  Three, I'll temper that just a bit by saying that if you're expecting a typical slasher film, you might end up disappointed, and we wouldn't want that.

I won't spoil anything serious here, but I still have to say that I recommend against reading further if you haven't seen the movie and plan to.

As the crowd were leaving the theater--and the crowd was definitely sizable--we heard one man laugh sadly, saying this was the worst movie he'd ever paid money to see in theaters.  I didn't say anything to him, but had to laugh because the words about to come out of my own mouth were "That may be the best horror movie I've ever seen."  I'm not sure what caused disappointed patron to hate the movie so much.  Perhaps it defied his expectations.  Perhaps he was looking more for straight horror than horror-comedy.  Perhaps it got too weird for him.  Whatever it was, I'm both sorry and flabbergasted that he had such a bad experience.  I mean, the movie isn't for everyone--what movie is?--but to say it's the worst he's seen in theaters?  What could possibly have set him off like that?

I digress.  Unfortunately, unless I address some elements of the film head-on, it's rather hard not to digress.  I suppose I'll just have to touch lightly.  I love when genre films acknowledge the tropes and archetypes that form them.  I love even more when those tropes and archetypes are subverted.  Though I'm not a horror fan, this movie could have been made just for me.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and I recommend it especially to fans of horror, but also to fans of movies in general.

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