Things I Can Safely Tell You About The Cabin In The Woods Before You See It

  • You should see it as soon as conveniently possible. It’s the best film I’ve seen in years.
  • Don’t read reviews. I’ve read a bunch that pointlessly pre-empt some fun stuff.
  • If you haven’t seen the trailer, don’t.
  • If you have seen the trailer, don’t worry. The apparent twist it shows is also made clear right from the start of the film, it’s not much of a spoiler.
  • Bradley Whitford (Josh from the West Wing) doing Whedonesque dialogue is something that should have happened sooner.
  • I still really like Fran Kranz (Toph from Dollhouse).
  • Seriously, it’s almost perfect.


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6 Replies to “Things I Can Safely Tell You About The Cabin In The Woods Before You See It”

  1. So i’m not much of a one for murders with axes and such. I kinda want to know how much it’s the clever film it seems to be, and how much it’s the dumb film it seems to seem to be. Is there any way to ask how much it’s smart and psyche-y and how much it’s chopping without runing it?

  2. I wouldn’t say it’s ultra-intelligent, but it’s very knowingly not the dumb film it intentionally resembles at times. It’s satire with a hat on – there’s a reason for all the tropes and cliches.

  3. Here, here! I’ve been proselytizing this movie to my friends for the last week, which is tricky when you can’t tell them much about it at all.

    And honestly, I would have watched an entire movie of Bradley Whitform and Richard Jenkins shooting the shit together.

    Tom, have you seen Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon? It plays with genre conventions (Slasher movie ones, specifically), in a really fun, interesting and similar (if more wink-y than The Cabin in the Woods) way. Track it down if you can.

  4. Saw this article and my interest was piqued in a film I’d had no interest watching. Your advice is usually pretty solid so I hastened to the cinema at the first available opportunity.

    Thank you! Not much more I can say then that.

  5. Yeah, I needed to find out the thing from the first five minutes before I wanted to go.

    Well, okay. I was curious from the Whedon and Fran Kranz thing.

    The trailers looked generic dead teenager.

    Glad I went anyway.

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