Over the years, the horror genre, particular the 'slasher films', have slowly deteriorated, with the odd shining star now and again. Needless to say, many of the films placed into the horror category follow virtually identical plots, only differing in location and characters. The reason 'The Cabin in the Woods' succeeds therefore, is because it recognises this cloning of horror films and turns it on its head.
The writers of the film took the cliché genre and made into something very clever and unique, taking many viewers by surprise and giving me hope for the future of the horror genre.
The film wasn't riddled with scares and I won't be losing any sleep because of it, but 'The Cabin in the Woods', despite all its twist, is still a horror. It has blood, tension, killers and a nice dark, clever plot to glue it all together.
To begin with, I found the film's concept quite confusing and, before realising what the writers had done, found it rather far-fetched. If anyone is unsure of what goes on in the film, watch it first and then look it up if you still aren't sure as it may change your opinion of it.
Nowadays the movie industry has became a stagnant pool of mindless repetitions, ripping offs of earlier ideas and ultra-conservative risk aversions. It felt almost refreshing when once in a while, a movie like Cabin in the Woods, a movie with some creativity, finally surfaced.
I don't wish to ruin any of the story, so I shall finish by saying 'The Cabin in the Woods' was a refreshing experience, written by creative minds and featuring a well-formed cast, supported by well-made special effects. If any of you are tired of watching the same old slasher-horror movies, you will certainly appreciate this film.