The Cabin in the Woods Examiner.com Movie Review, Written by: Karen Benardello
Technology has often been used to help people improve their lives, but sometimes it can be used to horrifically end it. The new horror thriller ‘The Cabin in the Woods,’ which is now playing at area Long Island theaters, successfully revives the genre by featuring frightening and brutal killings. It also showcases the inequalities plaguing modern society, such as the intrusiveness of technology. Filmmaker Drew Goddard, who is making his feature film directorial debut, successfully incorporated the thrill and darkness of horror movies into the film, and helped revitalize the genre in the process.
‘The Cabin in the Woods’ follows five college friends-Dana (played by Kristen Connolly), Curt (portrayed by Chris Hemsworth), Jules (played by Anna Hutchison), Marty (portrayed by Fran Kranz) and Holden (played by Jesse Williams)-as they drive to a remote cabin in the woods for fun weekend. Little do the friends know that two technicians in a sophisticated industrial facility, Richard Sitterson (portrayed by Richard Jenkins) and Steve Hadley (played by Bradley Whitford), are watching their every move, as they prepare for an unknown operation, one of several to take place around the world.
While at the cabin, the friends are having fun until they find old artifacts in the cellar. Dana reads Latin from an old diary, causing zombies to rise from their nearby graves. As the zombies begin targeting the group, it’s revealed that Richard and Steve are leading a bet on what type of monster would be chosen, based on the friends’ actions, and how the friends would be killed. The two begin manipulating events at the cabin, in an effort to ensure the friends all die, one by one. Through hidden surveillance cameras, the events are all broadcast to a national audience.
‘The Cabin in the Woods,’ which was shot between March and May 2009, almost wasn’t released, due to its studio, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, filing for bankruptcy. Luckily, Lionsgate stepped in to distribute the film, as Goddard has previously proven his talent in the horror genre as a writer. While the horror thriller is the filmmaker’s directorial debut, he previously garnered fame for writing episodes of ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer,’ ‘Angel,’ ‘Lost’ and ‘Alias,’ as well as the hit horror movie ‘Cloverfield.’
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