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Friday, April 20, 2012

Sheep Movie Review: Cabin in the Woods

R, 1 hr. 35 min.
Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By: Drew Goddard
Written By: Joss Whedon, Drew Goddard
In Theaters: Apr 13, 2012 Wide

Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin in the woods, where they get more than they bargained for. Together, they must discover the truth behind the cabin in the woods.

Cast: Chris Hemsworth ,Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford, Brian White, Amy Acker

Spoiler free review
This is a very complicated movie to explain…it isn’t the actual movie that is what is great about this film, it's about the intentions behind its creation. You will walk out of the theater thinking that was entertaining as hell, but what is all the buzz about? Then you'll go home and read all those reviews, spoilers, and Easter egg posts you avoided so you wouldn’t spoil it and you will think, “Damn! How freaking clever!” Then lots of people are going to go see it again so they can catch all the things they missed or they are going to buy the DVD. Whedon has basically said, “I am going to make a cult film.” And he has succeeded. Did you know there is already a companion book out for this movie? Who does that only a week after a movie is out?
our smart, but unlucky youth

coffee mug/bong/weapon
The movie its self is a mix of 80’s slasher horror and Sci-fi. I was worried I would have to close my eyes, but all the gross stuff happens off camera for the most part so don’t let that keep you from going. And unlike the stereotype teens you get in slasher films, you are going to like these characters. They are smart, decent people who try to make the right choices, which feeds into the irony when they are forced into the stereotype. The horror clich├ęs are so thick you can cut them with a knife (see the funny I made?), but that is the point after all. You will recognize some of the cast from other Whedon productions and Chris Hemsworth proves he has always been Thoralicious <G>.

This is a new type of movie going experience because it continues long after the movie is over, providing fertile ground for those of us who love to dissect things and discuss like most Whedon fans do. I think everyone who sees this will be entertained, but you have to enjoy the dark humor of Buffy, Firefly and other Whedon creations to love the movie. Which makes this complicated to rate. I would say for Whedon fans (like me) this is a 5 sheeper, for non-fans 3.5 and for cool ass monster movie loving fans 4 Sheep.

How was that for vague? <G> Here are some links you can go visit after you see the movie to tell you all the things you missed!
the famous white board

3.5-5 “let’s get this party started” Sheep

SharonS (edited by BAK)


  1. For Thor alone I love this movie. It also sounds smart and very well thought out. love the easter eggs in the movie for folks who know what to look for. sounds like a good one!

  2. I am not a fan of slasher movies, but your review has me interested in seeing this since all the gross stuff is off screen. I will wait until the DVD comes out since my husband will want to see it to. Thanks for the review! And yay THOR!!!

  3. Cabin in the Woods was mind blowing.

    Check out my review!