Casabloga: The Cabin in the Woods

I just realized it’s been a week since I posted one of these. It honestly feels like it’s only been a couple days since I did the Pursuit of Happyness review. I bought a Playstation 3 and have been playing Skyrim and Fallout 3 the past week, so I’ve been a little…..preoccupied.

Now most people I talked to about The Cabin in the Woods tells me it’s a cliched crappy horror movie. To those people, I have to ask if you even watched more than half an hour of it. The film starts off as a stereotypical horror film,  specifically The Evil Dead.

But this movie is anything but cliched. If anything, the first half of the film satires traditional horror films, then in the second half turns them on it’s head. When you start it, you go in thinking, “I know where this is going”. But you will never guess what is really going on.

When a film labeled a horror film has humor throughout it’s run time, most people automatically assume that the movie is so bad it’s funny, That’s not the case here. It’s intentionally funny, such as the “Where did you get this?!” line and the “I’m on speaker!” scene.

Though the film is relatively short, being only 95 minutes, you get a good sense of the characters and that they’ve known each other a long time. These aren’t cardboard cutouts thrown into an easily avoidable death. The story is much larger than “young people go camping, one survives”.

If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it. It’s on Netflix.

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About Trevor Boot

I’ve been officially writing since 2004, when I was 15, but I started writing for fun now and then in 2001, when I was 12. I mostly wrote short stories and poems, but then in 2008, I wrote my first novel, titled Xangsburgh. Before this, my writing never really had any direction. I would just write independent stories that had no connection with each other, so I always had to start over from scratch. With Xangsburgh, I had a fictional city I could base all my stories in, with the stories building on each other. For me, that made writing easier, because now I don’t have to start from scratch every time. I could use Sheriff Brock without having to introduce him every time. In 2011, I realized I really enjoyed taking pictures. Several of my friends would comment that my pictures were near-professional quality. So on top of my writing, I’m also an amateur photographer. In 2014, I published Xangsburgh, as well as a photo book with some of my favourite photos I have taken, and a book of poems I’ve written between 2001 and 2013.
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