The Gist: Five young people are spending the weekend at a remote, very isolated (The) Cabin in the Woods (yeah I said it) to help Mia go cold turkey and kick a drug habit. Withdrawal becomes the least of their problems as they discover hanged, decaying cat corpses and a strangely wrapped book and shotgun in the basement. Blood, fear, blood, death, blood and murder ensue.
Deadites: Jane Levy (Mia), Shiloh Fernandez (David), Lou Taylor Pucci (Eric), Jessica Lucas (Olivia), Elizabeth Blackmore (Natalie)
My Take: Well the first note on this movie is that the Hubby and I were the only people in the theatre…seriously, no one else in there. Kind of a weird experience. I recently tried to watch the original Evil Dead and turned it off after about 2 minutes as the group of characters sang on their journey to the cabin; I despise singing in movies except for Velvet Goldmine and Suck. The first one is not good but Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness were just good, cheesy fun. So how does this re-imagining? remake? reboot? compare… It was alright. The story is set-up not as group of people hanging out in the woods but a group of people trying to help one of their own. It’s a good set-up to help keep them from leaving when shit hits the fan and the lead chick Mia starts to go batty. It’s just withdrawal, nothing more. Oh wait, did the brainy guy read from the flesh bound book ignoring all warnings not to? Nah, it’s just withdrawals. They will get a doctor and all will Ok.
Nothing Ok about this
Nope, not this either
Final Thoughts: I kind of liked this movie. I wasn’t really sure about the cold turkey rehab thing and I didn’t really like the characters of David or Olivia. I did like the others character and I think Jane Levy was quite good as the possessed and demonic girl. The blood and gore was over the top and spectacular – why was it raining blood and why was Slayer not playing in the background? The scene where Mia slices through her tongue didn’t bother me (others didn’t like it) but the scene where the machete cuts her leg and arm did. I don’t know why, it just did. There were parts where you could almost sense the need to bust out an Ash one liner but that cheesy goodness was absent. There were also scenes that tried to be campy like Evil Dead 2 and Army Darkness but they couldn’t pull it off. All and all, it was good but not for anyone who is looking for real scares or any depth in their horror. This is just good old fashion blood and guts. Don’t expect much more.