I have seen Cabin in the Woods before. Based on the tittle, Cabin in the Woods, I was expecting the typical horror film which included ghosts or devils that haunts a secluded place in the middle of the forest. I was really disappointed how the movie turned out; however, watching it for the second time helped me realize that it is actually a good movie.
The movie seemed to be the stereotypical horror movie. It had many horror elements, such as monsters, killers, zombies, isolation, entrapment and eeriness. However it was like the reality TV show Big Brother because they were observed via hidden cameras by office workers. In addition, it was a comedic horror film. For me, comedy in horror is just plain awkward and weird. The creepy gas station guy became the laughing stock of the laboratory technicians. Also, the stoner guy is really funny. I don’t really like the movie because it is comedic at some scenes which actually subvert the horror element.
There are many monsters in this movie, depending on one’s point-of-view. The monsters in the movie were natural and supernatural. Firstly, there are the evil, blood thirsty and scary monsters which include natural creatures (humans, clown, spider, bat, and robots) and the supernatural creatures (unicorn, merman, vampire, and werewolf). Secondly, the humans seemed to be the real monsters in the movie because they were able to tame and domesticate the scary monsters. Humans were able to contain the horror. Also, they actually enjoyed the brutal deaths of the human offerings to the point that they bet and celebrate the deaths. They also manipulated events for their favour (e.g. pheromone mist). Thirdly, the ultimate monsters are the Ancient Ones who live beneath the cabin and appeased through an annual, ritual human sacrifice.
I was actually confused in determining who the real evil is in the movie. The scary creatures (zombies, merman and etc.) were evil since they just wanted to kill. Yet, they are scary for those who are not familiar with them (the five college students). On the other hand, the laboratory technicians are not that afraid to these creatures because they already know about it. Another point of view is that the laboratory technicians can be viewed as the heroes to some extent since they prevent the destruction of the planet. On the other hand, they are sick human beings who enjoy the suffering of others. Hence, the state of knowing and not knowing depends on the point-of view.
The movie concerns an enlargement of the world to the point of view of the college students because they knew something which was forbidden. Only the director and the laboratory people know about the sacrificial ritual for the ancient monster to prevent the destruction of the planet. In this movie, the nature of horror or the source of treat was discovered. It is like opening Pandora’s Box. The more they wanted to know, the more they realized that the world is unpleasant. As the movie progresses, Dana, Marty and the audience are introduced to a world full of monsters.