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The Cabin in the Woods (Blu-Ray) Review
Posted by Tony Farinella on 09.26.2012

The Cabin in the Woods has been on the shelf for over three years, due to various issues, none of which are at all related to the quality of the film. Usually when a film is on the shelf for three years, itís a very bad sign. Itís because the movie is terrible, and they are trying to figure out how to market it and release it to an audience. With The Cabin in the Woods, I have to ask everyone, what took you so long? This is a film that needs to be seen.

I remember seeing the poster for this film at my local cinema one Friday night, and I didnít really give it a lot of thought. I saw the simple title of The Cabin in the Woodsand dismissed it as another crappy, predictable, and lifeless horror flick. When Silent House was released earlier this year and disappointed me greatly, I was just about ready to give up on horror movies all together. That was until I viewed The Cabin in the Woods.

Of course I did my research before checking out the film and once I saw the 92 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and the talent behind the film, I was sold. Expectations, of course, were high, but The Cabin in the Woods met all of them with flying colors. The story is one you have heard before: five good-looking teens go to a cabin looking to party and have sex. The teenagers are played by Chris Hemsworth, Jesse Williams, Kristen Connolly, Fran Kranz, and Anna Hutchison. Williams is familiar to audiences from Greyís Anatomy and Hemsworth, of course, has played Thor.

Once they are in the woods, some clichés are turned upside down, including the horny teenagers who canít control their hormones, the ever popular hillbilly gas station owner, and the pot-headed buffoon with random moments of intelligence. We also have two men in a control tower, played by Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford, and as far as their role in this film, well, you will have to see this film to know that.

Once you think you have the answers, The Cabin in the Woods changes the question. This is the kind of movie that is best to see cold turkey, which means itís best to know as little about it as possible. Some of my fellow reviewers have suggested possibly reading their reviews after seeing the film, although I donít believe any of their reviews, or mine for that matter, give that much away. I would recommend that you read other reviews with great caution, though.

The horror genre has been sort of floundering around with limited results lately. A lot of people say the horror genre is ďdead,Ē but the genre will never be dead. It goes in cycles, just like most things in life. This is exactly the kind of film that is going to take a stale genre and make it fresh, exciting, and fun again. This is the Friday night horror flick I have been craving for the longest time. You go on a date, laugh, get scared, but most of all, you enjoy yourself.

Director James Gunn summed it up well on his Facebook when he said that you need to go out and support this movie. Hollywood is only going to make the kind of horror movies that make money. If you support a bad horror movie, they think thatís what you want. Horror fans need to stand up and say, ďThis is what I want to see and this is what I deserveĒ by going out and buying the DVD or Blu-Ray.

You might have a lot of questions when itís all said and done, and I know a lot of people are maybe expecting a traditional horror film. Personally, I had my questions, but the journey was fun, so some of the plot holes or confusion didnít totally bother me. As far as those expecting a traditional horror film, this is not that type of movie. Thatís a good thing. This is an original and exciting horror flick.

Blu-Ray Info: The Cabin in the Woods is released on Blu-Ray from Lions Gate Home Entertainment on 1080p high definition. Wow. This is a fantastic looking Blu-Ray, dark and gloomy when the scene calls for it but also colorful and vivid when the action picks up. The experience of this film really holds up well on Blu-Ray, as I saw this movie in April when it came out in theaters. This is the perfect indoor date night horror film and all of that is transferred well on this DVD. Subtitles in English and Spanish are also included along with a powerful English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. This is a great soundtrack that is powerful without banging you over the head with a jackhammer. You can also download the film for ITunes or on Ultraviolet Blu-Ray.

Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Drew Goddard and Writer/Producer Joss Whedon: This is a fantastic commentary track by the two of them and their joy for the film is evident by listening to this track. They also share some interesting tidbits about the film itself and the story.

We Are Not Who We Are: Making The Cabin in the Woods: This is your standard behind the scenes special feature which includes the thoughts of Whedon and Goddard on the film and putting it together. I found this very interesting as the film has such a backstory behind it.

An Army of Nightmares: On this feature, they go into detail about the effects and makeup used in the film, which is quite impressive to say the least, especially with so many unique creatures in the film.

Primal Terror: The visuals effects are described here with this special feature, and they are eye opening, for sure.

The Secret Secret Stash: Martyís Stash and Hi, My Name is Joss and Iíll Be Your Guide: Fran Kranz talks about playing one of the funniest characters in the film, Marty, and Joss, as you would expect, is your tour guide through the cabin with this special feature.

Wondercon Q&A: In case some of your questions werenít discussed during the commentary track, they answer them on this insightful Q and A.

Itís Not What You Think: The Cab in the Woods Bonusview Mode: This can be used while watching the film, which includes tidbits about the film as itís happening.

The 411The Cabin in the Woods is one of the top ten films of the year with its inspired screenplay and sharp performances. Hollywood these days is all about finding something that works and doing it over and over and over again. Itís great to see a film that aspires to be something different and keep an audience guessing. The Blu-Ray looks tremendous and is loaded with informative special features that describe all aspects of the film. Highly recommended.
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Final Score:  8.5   [ Very Good ]  legend


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