REVIEW: Seeing "Cabin in the Woods" is like immersing yourself in psychology and then wanting to diagnose all your friends accordingly. You'll walk out wanting to see another horror movie immediately so you can interpret it using what you learned from "Cabin."
It's really unfair to call "Cabin in the Woods" a horror movie. It's more like a movie about horror movies, that has the makings of a horror movie within it.
The film starts out following two separate plots. One's your standard horror-movie setup, five college kids at an isolated cabin who suddenly have to run for their lives.
But the other involves Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford leading a dweeby group of office workers who sit in a NASA-style mission control center, drinking bad coffee, setting up an office pool, and getting ready to control an unexplained project that's as ho-hum to them as filing a TPS report was in "Office Space,"
When the two plots connect, it's hilarious and ingenious, and you really don't want to know a lot more than that -- approach this film as unspoiled as you possibly can.
The parallel plots are both smartly cast and written, thanks to Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" fame. At first, the five kids seem like every horror cliche ever, blithely heading to the cabin despite an encounter with a creepy gas-station attendant and reading Latin out of a mysterious book.
But slowly and deliciously, the reasons for some of their decisions are made clear. And the smug office drones are about to have the worst day at work imaginable.