Our resident film critic Chad Ackerman — a member of the bands Chapter 14 and Austrian Death Machine — has returned and offers his thoughts on Joss Whedon’s “The Cabin In The Woods”
I had no intention of seeing this movie until it made its way to DVD (yes, I am still a caveman and I have not upgraded to Blu-ray), but after a very strong recommendation from a friend, I decided to give it a go.
I am glad that I did. Joss Whedon, who is a comic book writer, screen writer, and director, wrote this nifty horror flick. His pal Drew Goddard, who is known for his writing on the movie “Cloverfield” (2008), directed the film as a noob.
I think Goddard and Whedon make a good duo for this movie. Honestly, I don’t really want to give too much away, but I will tell you that it has elements of every horror movie in it.
With that said, both Whedon and Goddard’s own new ideas make a great twist to what the audience might expect to be generic. There is definitely some comedy, blood, gore, and a clown. Again, I don’t want to give too much away.
“The Cabin in the Woods” was shot three years ago and then shelved until now. It was originally going to be released through MGM, but due to financial issues they had to team up with Lionsgate to distribute the movie.
Chris Hemsworth (“Thor”) plays one of the main characters as a borderline jock/bro. Although Hemsworth is really well-known from playing Thor, I think Fran Kranz really steals the show in this one.
Kranz has played smaller parts in movies like Donnie Darko, the Village, and Training Day. In “The Cabin in the Woods,” he is a stoner with conspiracy theories and for being the comic relief, he was on point.
“The Cabin in the Woods” is definitely worth checking out if you are a horror movie fan.