Entertaining Platt: The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
April 30, 2012 § Leave a comment
Okay, this is the funniest scary movie I think I’ve ever watched.
From the mind of Joss Whedon, The Cabin in the Woods tells the story of five college kids who pack up in a Winnebago (why not a car? I mean, they’re going to a *cabin* not a *campground*, but whatever) for a weekend getaway in the wilderness, only to find themselves stuck inside the equivalent of a horrifying rat maze that has no cheese, only death, waiting at the end.
Well. Maybe a little cheese. This IS Joss Whedon’s writing. But it’s good cheese, people. Not gouda, mind you. Just good.
Actually, it’s not fair to say this movie tells the story of five college kids. It’s not that simple. What it really does is tells the story of a secretive organization with tendrils all over the world whose sole purpose is to offer up ritual sacrifices to keep a bunch of vicious ancient gods bound within the depths of the planet. I really enjoyed watching what transpired with the “puppeteers” in their bunker more than I did the usual sampling of horror movie tropes unspooling with the kids in the cabin.
The movie worked for me not just because it was well made, well written, tightly plotted, and fun, but also because the guys pulling the strings behind the scenes reminded me a lot of people who run events on MUSHes like OtherSpace – except when role-playing events on OtherSpace don’t go the way we planned, it doesn’t mean the end of the world as we know it.
Considering how much I enjoyed this movie, I’m now especially psyched to check out Whedon’s Avengers later this week.