Next on Netflix: Not your typical horror flick
As Halloween draws closer, maybe you find yourself bored. Horror movies are so cliché these days — there’s always the sex scene shoehorned in, the teenagers getting stabbed in the dark, the cursed artifacts, the Final Girl who gets away so that there can be a sequel.
It’s been like this for the last 10 forevers, but luckily, there’s a movie that takes that formula and forces it in on itself in the most gratifying, creepy, hilarious way. That movie is “The Cabin in the Woods.”
The setup seems ripped from the tired old slasher textbook.
Five teenagers are on their way to stay at a cabin in the woods, where none of them have ever been, and things get spooky right off the bat.
An old man at the gas station warns them of the evil ahead, and the basement is full of bizarre objects.
But what the teens don’t know is that they are pawns in a massive game, and the workers of the mysterious facility want to make sure everything goes according to plan—even if they need to force the teens to play.
It gives all the tropes of the slasher film a purpose while simultaneously making fun of them.
When the survivors figure out what’s going on, they have to defy every horror movie convention and find a way to escape the game.
The banter of the facility’s workers as they horribly murder teenagers is both sick and hilarious, and the humor that the survivors manage to maintain even as they live out a nightmare keeps the movie from taking itself too seriously.
But the intelligence and sarcasm of the plot are evident and “The Cabin in the Woods” is just as scary as it is snappy.
See how many monsters you can recognize in the film’s climax — you’ll spot the villains from “The Strangers,” “Hellraiser” and monsters from “Firefly,” another project of Joss Whedon’s.
And if you’re wondering whether to look out for “The Cabin in the Woods 2,” don’t bother. Plenty of horror movies have gotten sequels, even with definitive endings, but this one has the most definitive ending of all.