Let me begin by saying that I am not much of a horror fan. The reasons are many. The main reason being, I am unable to suspend my disbelief enough to take the on-screen happenings (You may kick me in the ass and ask me how I watch desi movies) with a fistful of salt. And the fact is, for some reason, other than The Omen (1976), which had me so frightened as a 16 year old that I couldn’t sleep for 2 nights (Thanks to Jerry Goldsmith’s genius soundtrack) and to an extent The Evil Dead (In my defence, I was 11), Most horror movies haven’t provided me with anything more than a momentary fright. But yeah, they do prove to be quite entertaining, especially after downing a few beers.
Therefore, I was quite sceptical while entering the theatre to watch Cabin in the Woods. The critic gang on Twitter had been raving about the movie ever since it released and they made a really big deal about it releasing in India with only a few minor cuts and all. But then, I was bored and given that my only other option was Rowdy Rathore, I figured, Chalo, Dekh lete hai. And to make it better, there were hardly 15 people in the entire hall (Made me wish I’d taken a girl along).
So, the movie pretty much runs with 2 plots in the beginning, One being that of 2 technicians (Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford) in a research facility about to start work on a new operation and the other being that of 5 friends headed to a cabin owned by Curt (Chris Hemsworth)’s cousin. As the story progresses, we realize that the 2 plots are connected and that nothing is what it seems (as it always is in a horror movie). One by one, the friends start getting killed off, all leading up to a rather surprising end.
Now, it is quite evident from the get go that this movie is NOT just another run of the mill horror movie. The director, Drew Goddard who’s a frequent collaborator of Joss Whedon and has directed quite a few episodes of Lost, Alias, and Buffy and has also written Cloverfield is a pucca horror fanboy and it shows in every scene. Drew and Joss Whedon pay rich tributes to almost every horror movie that has come out over the past 30-40 years with the enthusiasm of fanboys.
The movie plays with your mind quite well. It indulges you by letting you predict what happens next till it suddenly wallops you with one hell of a twist. I gotta admit, the last 30 minutes of the movie is a much deserved reward for EVERY horror movie buff out there. The movie has been intelligently written and paced quite well with not even one dull moment. The performances are decent with the stand out performance being by Fran Kranz playing the stoner, Marty.
A fun movie folks! Go watch and enjoy. Not great cinema, but good enough.
The movie has been released in very limited screens across India on 1st June 2012. Watch the trailer below: