Drew Goddard’s “Cabin in the Woods” is a new take in the horror genre’ that mixes classic occult witchcraft and modern-day cutting-edge technology. It explores the possibility when science finally catches up with myths, legends and superstitions and attempts to bring the uncontrollable under control. The result of course was disastrous, the Mayans beliefs seem to come true because they believe that time is cyclical and therefore history is bound to repeat itself no matter the choices we make.
The story begins with five friends Marty (Fran Kranz), Jules (Anna Hutchison), Curt (Chris Hemsworth), Dana (Kristen Connolly) and Holden (Jesse Williams) preparing to visit Curt’s cousin’s cabin in the woods, where supposedly he got an invitation from him a few weeks ago to go there on a weekend retreat. But while it was never mentioned in the movie, some of the scenes suggest that it was a fake call from a secret yet powerful organization experimenting on people randomly worldwide on how they will go through their maze of horror. The cabin along with a portion of the forest surrounding it is probably just one of the many elaborate observation platform designed by this shadow organization. It has hidden cameras, chemical gases that can trigger a specific emotional response making the subject extremely irrational even though he or she may think and feel like they are in absolute control of the situation until it’s too late. Secret crevices and artificial graves that houses monsters, zombies, ghosts and other creatures of unspeakable horror. Invisible plasma shield that will not allow even air to pass through, high explosives embedded in key areas that can be set to explode to block the way out on any possible exits that the victims may find.
The victims almost have no way of escaping the trap that they were led into, but every once in a while fate intervenes and shatters everything in a foolproof plan, and this time it did. It chose Dana to change the course of history and cause everything to crumble down including probably the unprepared societies of mankind that will awaken to a different kind of apocalypse. Marty became her consort to help her get through the dangers that lie ahead until inevitably they’ve reached the lair of the so called “ancient gods” who demanded human blood sacrifice and in exchange they will spare the human race from an ill fate that had befallen other creatures that walked the Earth millions of years before man did.
Basically 5 types of humans were needed to be sacrificed to the ancient ones in order to prevent them from waking up and consuming the human race instead. A warrior who was Curt, the whore who was Jules, the wise who was Holden, the fool who was Marty and the virgin - Dana; the images carved on a solid granite slab depicts each of the five characters in the film. This was according to “The Director” played by actress Sigourney Weaver, where in a last desperate hope she tries to finish the job that her two subordinate technicians, Sitterson (Richard Jenkins) and Hadley (Bradley Whitford), failed to do. But her efforts proved to be useless as apparently fate decided for the ancient ones to awaken after their long slumber, although we will have to wait and see if that’s going to happen because the movie did not fare well in the box office also.
It’s up to Lionsgate to decide if they want a sequel for this film; however, in its defense it is a good scary movie. Only there were times when all the blood and guts that’s spilling is not as impressive because there was too much high-tech stuff in the movie that would more or less break my concentration. I don’t know about you but it did that to me. In any case I’ll give this film a 3.5 over 5 star rating for being an almost nice film, but not close enough.