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So like the title says, there are tons of spoilers so do not continue reading if you don't want the movie ruined for you.



Alrighty, Cabin in the Woods – lets discuss :D

For me it started off lame, cheesy, typical teen movie, bad acting, meet the creepy gas guy “don’t go there”…seen it all before ho hum. Meet the guys in the control room, ah ha, I see where this is going, very cool…go on I’m interested. Get into the cabin, silly hi-jinx, bad jokes…again same old same old typical teen set up. More plot thickening from the control room, I like it, funny, loving their interactions – LOVED the betting. Okay good this is shaping up quite nicely, I like where it’s going.

Back to the bad acting teens, they go into the cellar, each have a potential key to unlock the unholy beasts…and they go with zombies…the writers jumped on the good old dependable zombie bandwagon. Not that I mind, since I love zombies, but really? Anyways…chaos ensues, I love the fact the stoner dude is the smart one and figures it all out that they are being controlled.
Fast forward…Ding! Elevator doors open…holy shit!!! Seriously that must have been the best creative meeting to be involved in coming up with all the horror situations/people/animals/monsters and having a total free-for-all!! Loved the clown…loved the unicorn stabbing the guy. I just want to watch that part over and over - easily my favorite part of the whole movie.

After all that fun stuff is my problem. Back track a bit to when the first death was made and the 2 dudes say a chant and kiss their necklace. For me, I thought they were part of a satanic cult, a rich boys club and all this was an extravagant game for the rich people to bet against – like a horse race but playing with human lives. A worldwide kinda game that all countries were a part of, hence the Japanese rivalry. I would have loved to see it play out like that and not some crazy contrived ritual to stop the gods from killing the world. I found the whole ‘why it was happening’ to be fast and rushed and then the sudden appearance of Sigourney Weaver to wrap it all up into a pretty box I thought was lame. I think they could have added another 15, 20 mins and really polished the ending so it was a little more believable cause I left thinking wow, that ending sucked.

Also the more I think about it the more I realize we’ve seen this movie before but in a few different movies all compiled together. Evil Dead, Scream, and The Truman Show all have parts that built CITW.

But in the end it was a fun movie, definitely smarter than the average movie out there, I loved the control room story more so than the kids, I was wishing for their deaths :lol: I wonder if they will somehow make a sequel?

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I found myself reading the wikipedia and tvtropes pages for this last night, and it really made a lot of things clear.


The whole thing was intended to be a parody of the current horror culture, sort of a mix between a loving homage and a sendup of why it sucks, and I totally get that. There were sooooooo many references that clearly show how much the writers love horror, but they also show how utterly stupid the "torture porn" genre is, and use all of the cliches to really point it out. It really was a case of doing stupid things on purpose to make a point.



And again, I have to disagree on the ending. The whole thing was FULL of references to ritual human sacrifice, even before the first scene, and I thought the chanting with the pendant was clearly referencing that. I can't remember what they said exactly, but it was something like, "We give this to you in humility and fear, for your eternal slumber." That just screamed to me that they were trying to keep something at bay. And there was other stuff like the throwaway line of something like, "Remember when all you had to was throw a girl in a volcano?" or "How old do you think I am?" So it was being put out there way before it was said explicitly that there was something bigger than just betting going on.


I also knew Sigourney was going to show up, but I blame that on my crazy ability to identify voices. :lol:


I really disliked the ending, but only because I was hoping it to end with the kids sacrificing themselves for the good of the world, instead of being selfish and ruining EVERYTHING. But even that makes more sense after reading more about it. If they were trying to comment on the "kill 'em all" type of movie that comes out now, the best way to end it is to KILL THEM AAAAALLLLL instead of doing something satisfying. So it's upsetting in universe, but makes sense from their point of view. It's totally like Joss Whedon to make something brilliant and well thought out and edgy and then destroy it all before the credits roll and leave fans angry. :lol:


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GREAT MOVIE! I LOVE the elevator free for all scene. I really LOVED the monsters. I wanted more of them to get a turn at the kids. I left the movie thinking that was a pretty good movie. After I thought about it when leaving the theater it made me appreciate it more and think of it as a great movie. Definitely different.


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Oh! I forgot to ask, was there a specific reason you thought I wouldn't like it, or just a funny feeling? :lol:


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The whole thing was intended to be a parody of the current horror culture, sort of a mix between a loving homage and a sendup of why it sucks, and I totally get that.

I totally saw the parody of the current horror culture and reminded me a lot of Scream where they go through the rules of horror movie.

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And again, I have to disagree on the ending. The whole thing was FULL of references to ritual human sacrifice, even before the first scene, and I thought the chanting with the pendant was clearly referencing that. I can't remember what they said exactly, but it was something like, "We give this to you in humility and fear, for your eternal slumber." That just screamed to me that they were trying to keep something at bay. And there was other stuff like the throwaway line of something like, "Remember when all you had to was throw a girl in a volcano?" or "How old do you think I am?" So it was being put out there way before it was said explicitly that there was something bigger than just betting going on.

Oh no I totally knew it was a ritual ceremony going on, that was pretty obvious but I thought it would be more like man's sick and twisted game and believing in Satan and sacrificing in the name of the devil and not actual real life gods buried under the cabin that will destroy the world. I would have liked if it they didn't go that route, that was my only beef with it.

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I also knew Sigourney was going to show up, but I blame that on my crazy ability to identify voices. :lol:

Ha! My guy recognized her voice too and turned to me when she appeared and said "I knew it"! I just found using her was oddly out of place, like she was doing someone a favour and appeared in the movie lol.

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It's totally like Joss Whedon to make something brilliant and well thought out and edgy and then destroy it all before the credits roll and leave fans angry. :lol:

I actually live under a rock because I had no idea who Joss Whedon is and why this guy was hyped up to be a god and then why a lot of people hate him (going by rotten tomatoes fan reviews). Since I've never watched Buffy, Angel or the Dollhouse I have no idea of his writing style. Although googling him I came across someone saying he's the king of ripping off styles which I can see with this movie since it borrows a lot of ideas from a wide range of films. He just managed to put them all together in an interesting way.

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:lol: I didn't even notice that, too funny!!

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That is so great that you posted this!!!! I was trying to read everything as fast as I could!! I was thinking I cant wait til this comes on blu ray so I can pause it and read it all!!!

And on a side note the movie to me would have failed completely if they had not shown the MER MAN!!!! I love that part!! A MER MAN!!!! COME ON!!!! Good stuff!!!

Just a fun movie overall!! I give it a A+

Btw Lisa... I will get a horror list for you soon!!! I need to dig up a few hidden gems!!!


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EASheartsVinyl wrote:
Oh! I forgot to ask, was there a specific reason you thought I wouldn't like it, or just a funny feeling? :lol:

Now that I know you are a Whedon fan I wouldn't have said that :lol: No specific reason really, I just thought you'd see through all the BS...and maybe because you like movies like The Kings Speech :P

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And on a side note the movie to me would have failed completely if they had not shown the MER MAN!!!! I love that part!! A MER MAN!!!! COME ON!!!! Good stuff!!!

I totally laughed at that part, how fitting. :lol:

One thing that was bothering me was the zone had cameras everywhere, they had their heartbeats monitored why didn't they know stoner boy wasn't dead?? They should have known right away given all their high tech gadgets.



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Btw Lisa... I will get a horror list for you soon!!! I need to dig up a few hidden gems!!!

Sounds good! Hopefully not too hidden that I can't find them to watch :lol:

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Moloko Plus wrote:
And on a side note the movie to me would have failed completely if they had not shown the MER MAN!!!! I love that part!! A MER MAN!!!! COME ON!!!! Good stuff!!!

I totally laughed at that part, how fitting. :lol:

One thing that was bothering me was the zone had cameras everywhere, they had their heartbeats monitored why didn't they know stoner boy wasn't dead?? They should have known right away given all their high tech gadgets.



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Btw Lisa... I will get a horror list for you soon!!! I need to dig up a few hidden gems!!!

Sounds good! Hopefully not too hidden that I can't find them to watch :lol:



Your absolutely right on that.. But I have to tell ya... I was knee deep in Popcorn with a TON of Carmel powder i had on it at that exact moment to think of anything other than if my heart could handle the beatin I was putting on it!!!! SWEET BABY!!!! I was grossing myself out!! :puke: On a side note... Never skip dinner before you go to the movies.. That never ends well...

And I will try and make my horror list obtainable.. I do have one or two that might be hard to find and if you can't I may just have to let ya borrow them!! I have a list written down somewhere.., I'll look tonight... I love talkin Movies!!! Especially scary ones!!! I loved your collection BTW!!! And what I loved the most besides The Exorcist being in there was you added Clockwork Orange in there as well!!! My copy is in Horror as well!!! One of my all time favs!!!

I'm in the process of buying a new home and I can not wait to set up my new bsmt and show you all my huge collection of everything I have accumulated over 30 years of collecting!!! I have quite a collection Of way to much odd stuff to mention!!!!!!


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yerflap wrote:
EASheartsVinyl wrote:
Oh! I forgot to ask, was there a specific reason you thought I wouldn't like it, or just a funny feeling? :lol:

Now that I know you are a Whedon fan I wouldn't have said that :lol: No specific reason really, I just thought you'd see through all the BS...and maybe because you like movies like The Kings Speech :P



Bwahahaha! These are not mutually exclusive! :lol:



Normally you'd be right, but I loved how smart this one was. I can't stand the way most people act in horror movies, so the way this one handled it really grabbed me. I loved how they wrote it in that no one would ever act like that, so they have to be fiddled with chemically. I'd like to see these people make a movie that is totally their own and avoids these cliches entirely.


I also love how so many people are totally missing the point of the movie, and don't realize they're the butt of the joke. :lol:


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Here's an interesting article about some of the references and easter eggs: http://www.viewerdiscretionadvised.net/ ... -have.html


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EASheartsVinyl wrote:
Here's an interesting article about some of the references and easter eggs: http://www.viewerdiscretionadvised.net/ ... -have.html


awesome read!!! I'm gonna see this again!!


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yerflap wrote:
EASheartsVinyl wrote:
Oh! I forgot to ask, was there a specific reason you thought I wouldn't like it, or just a funny feeling? :lol:

Now that I know you are a Whedon fan I wouldn't have said that :lol: No specific reason really, I just thought you'd see through all the BS...and maybe because you like movies like The Kings Speech :P



Bwahahaha! These are not mutually exclusive! :lol:



Normally you'd be right, but I loved how smart this one was. I can't stand the way most people act in horror movies, so the way this one handled it really grabbed me. I loved how they wrote it in that no one would ever act like that, so they have to be fiddled with chemically. I'd like to see these people make a movie that is totally their own and avoids these cliches entirely.


I also love how so many people are totally missing the point of the movie, and don't realize they're the butt of the joke. :lol:


This, I really felt like the audience was made out to be the Gods.

Really enjoyed this flick. Best horror movie since Spiderman 3.



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