With all the fawning over the THE AVENGERS (and considering both Joss Whedon and Chris Hemsworth are both here on this adventure as well), I really can't understand why they didn't push this to greater heights. The casting was great, the dialogue was nothing short of perfection and the concept was money in the bank. It's a clever process, adding so many familiar elements to a familiar looking story that goes the other way fast, leaving you speechless and impressed at the same time. I don't want to give away any secrets so I'll work with what the trailers already show us. Surprisingly enough, for a flick in this genre, these characters act and react to their situation and surroundings rather well, again, without spoiling anything I can throw around a few ideas.
One, these are supposedly smart people, with only one stoner dude amongst them (his retractable bong is something every pot head on the planet will strive to build upon seeing it). One of the girl's is pre-med and the others aren't far behind her. So my question is, did you fools ever watch a horror movie in your life? You're off the grid, coming up on a rundown shack of a gas station that looks like it's been pulled from THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE equipped with a redneck from hell and yet...nobody bats an eyelash when this guy and his shack are without a doubt the biggest red flag imaginable. Add to that this cabin wreaks of "Jason Voorhees is gonna be here any minute" with a cellar that screams "where's the Necronomicon at". The first room they go in has the creepiest painting known to man and a mirror that lets you see into the next room...red flag, red flag, RED FLAG PEOPLE! What makes these things awesome though is the fact that the stoner guy gets it, sees it and calls them out on it (something that's far more awesome than I can describe at this point, but you'll understand when you see it). And Curt, seriously bro, why in God's name would your cousin buy this house?
CABIN IN THE WOODS is shrouded in secrecy for good reason, one wrong word or description here and the cat's out of the bag. One thing I will say, this is THE movie to sit down and discuss over drinks afterword because it will definitely blow you away. The monster aspect is phenomenal, almost as phenomenal as the premise and explanation of why and how they're actually there (two thumbs waaay up for the creative team), I found myself praying as the third act came around "please let this have a cool ending, please let this have a cool ending," and I have to say it did considering where the whole thing goes. There was loads of well timed humor mixed with plenty of thinking outside the box (pun intended), I'm truly impressed and can't recommend this one more. I know I've done nothing but beat around the bush here but trust me, if this sounds like you're bag of tricks, you'll love it and absolutely must see it. You won't regret it...unless of course you always wanted to see a merman.
We Are Not Who We Are: Making The Cabin In The Woods: Again, if you dug the flick, you'll love digging a little deeper in the roots. This was a good watch.
The Secret Secret Stash: Not much to these two pieces, but then again they can't all be gold. Or mermen.
An Army of Nightmares: Makeup and Animatronic Effects: Without ruining much of the story (which I shouldn't be if you've read this far) the monsters and explanation behind them are one of, if not the, coolest aspects of the film. Loved this one
Primal Terror: Visual Effects: More cool peaks at the monsters and baddies featured in the film.
Wonder-Con Q&A: Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard hook the fan boys (and girls) up with some one on one time and is pretty much on par with any other Q&A session out there.
Previews: There are some trailers to enjoy as well as a Digital and Ultraviolet Copy of the film.