I have a bit of a complicated relationship with Halloween when it comes to movies. I’m not big on “scary” movies, where things are designed to jump out and get the audience to scream. However I do love suspenseful movies that create a sense of dread that hangs with you for days afterwards. I love the films of Hitchcock, the classic monster movies of the 30s, and other films that set out to create more of an atmosphere than to get simple scares. I’m also a fan of “spooky” settings and the macabre in film, but I don’t watch movies to be spooked. Slasher movies have no interest to me, I don’t want to see creepy children climbing out of TV sets, and the trick of loud bangs and things jumping out is just annoying to me.
It seems a bit silly for me to review a film that came out over a year ago, just because I finally got around to watching it. So instead of a traditional review, I’m instead going to offer up some disorganized thoughts about The Cabin in the Woods. (For the record, I give the film an A.) I didn’t see it in the theaters mostly because we generally don’t go see horror films, both out of personal taste and a general lack of quality. I’ve never been one for the sort of “jump out and get you” scares, but prefer more cerebral horror. Give me Hitchcock or The Exorcist over Saw any day. (We also don’t see a lot of comedy in the theater, but that’s a story for another time.)
Obviously I should have known better, considering the script was by Joss Whedon and one of his frequent collaborators, but the trailers didn’t help the situation. They presented it as a standard “cabin in the woods” type thriller with a sci-fi/conspiracy twist. That sort of thing has been done before. So after it was released I read the plot on wikipedia and it seemed more creative than I had originally supposed, but still not enough to get me to go see it. However, I recently read the script online out of curiosity which changed my mind, and I finally rented The Cabin in the Woods. Here are my thoughts: Continue reading →