A horror-comedy for the modern film audience Cabin In The Woods is parody, satire and fear all wrapped into a single plot.
Horror as genre sets itself up for parody. With it’s simple plots, costumed villains and depthless characters there is ample opportunity for filmmakers to make jokes. And over the years there have been many attempts to do this mixed results, from the meta and referenced filled Scream (1996) to the over-the-top stupid Scary Movie (2000) there is a huge want for films that turn the scary into the funny.
Cabin In The Woods is the latest attempt to do this, taking a generic story and characters and adding a unique twist. It is a fast-paced, action filled film that provides hilarity on a regular basis with one-liners, scenarios and referential humour used frequently.
It is the nature of this referential comedy in particular that makes the film work so well. Although there are many meta moments (its use of every horror villain ever for example) it doesn’t mention any actual films. Any audience member who is a horror fan will pick up on the many jokes that are created through the story and the visuals and will want to come back for more. There are just so many fantastic moments hidden throughout the film that it’s difficult not to enjoy.
It is a meta-filled film that acknowledges its own meta-ness with a wink. It is a strange experience as although it is more subtle in its referencing than say Scream the ending is arguably more ridiculous than anything that Scary Movie has thrown up – although the jokes are of a higher class.
The best thing about Cabin In the Woods though is that despite it’s comedic side it is still genuinely successful as a horror film.
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