The horror movie event of the year is finally here! Written, directed and produced by the famed Joss Whedon and his partner Drew Goddard, ‘The Cabin in the Woods’ is the latest horror movie from Lionsgate to add more to the horror genre. The film stars Chris Hemsworth as Curt and Anna Hutchinson as Jules, plus three other young actors as a group of college students taking a road trip to a secluded cabin deep in the woods. The audience watching the film is clued in on the fact that scientists are manipulating the area by introducing odd creatures and sealing the students within a force field away from civilization.
‘The Cabin in the Woods’ has been critically acclaimed, with a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics question the films motives and whether or not it is an attempt to blast other horror films of recent times for being too conventional and formulaic. While there are some areas in the film that seem like other horror films, there are also comedic parts to the film. The writers of the film claim that it wasn’t their intention for the film to mock other films, because they wanted it to seem as organic as possible.
The film is rated ‘R,’ for adult audiences, though it’s likely that teenagers younger than 18 will sneak in to the see the film. Hailed as a ‘game changer’ by recent reviews, the trailers for the film show more scenes and twists than it should. The marketing team at Lionsgate understood that for a film like this to do well, without being compared to other horror films, some extra details needed to be divulged to the general public. While this is a smart tactic for a broad audience, horror movie buffs have complained that they’ve seen it all in the trailers. Drew Goddard insists that the film wasn’t created to surprise the audience with every twist and turn, but telling a cohesive story from start to finish. By the end of the weekend, we will know if their efforts to distinguish the horror film from others was successful or not.
Created on a $30 million dollar budget, ‘The Cabin in the Woods’ suffered a major setback in 2010 when MGM was preparing to file for bankruptcy and tried to sell the film. Luckily, Lionsgate was willing to purchase the film in its completed form. Unlike other purchases in Hollywood history, they decided against cutting parts from the film out of respect for the movie and its writers. The film is expected to reach somewhere in the teens over the weekend, with an estimated $13 million – $18 million in Box Office revenues. Whether or not you’re a fan of horror films, ‘The Cabin in the Woods’ sounds like a genuinely well constructed film with a possibility of becoming the next big cult hit. ‘The Cabin in the Woods’ is out in theaters now.