The trouble of building cabins in the forest

I have watched fewer movies on theatre this year so I completely missed Cabin in the Woods when it came out. Before watching the movie in class, I only knew this movie was produced by the director of The Avengers. I guessed this would not be a normal slasher film because it was released at about the same time as the superhero movie and I think Joss Whedon would not be stupid enough link himself to a bad movie at the same time everybody was raving about The Avengers. But the title was totally misleading. Cabin in the Woods practically screams “teenagers go on a trip to cabin and gets massacred by unknown things”. I have this impression because this type of movie has been done to death this past decade and was abandoned a while back in favor of newer concepts. But at the get-go we see that the movie takes on the point of view of both the scientists/killers and the victims. I really like movies where the focus switches to different perspectives because this adds depth to the story and makes the viewer understand the motives of each character instead of just hearing the side of the main protagonist. As the story progressed, we see that the scientists are taking the situation lightly, almost procedural. From that point I thought the scientists were working for a rich sadist who paid for the whole thing for entertainment purposes but something was up when they wanted the victims to die in a specific order. When the would-be victims finally reached the laboratory area, the two sides come together and pandemonium ensures. We see hundreds of imprisoned monsters killing all the scientists. I liked the story up to this point but when the director of the whole program reveals the plot to save humanity by sacrificing people of specific qualities to please the ancient ones, the story becomes just too fantastic for me to stomach. That was when I realized the ancient ones were signifying something. Using common sense, would literal ancient gods even know the concept of a jock or scholar? It is true the scientists were the bigger monsters for imprisoning lesser beings and manipulating them to kill people but the greatest monster seems to be the ancient gods who require the yearly sacrifice. The ancient gods are in fact, us, the fans of the horror/slasher genre who needs their yearly dose of horror films to be satisfied. The scientists in real life are directors who work tirelessly to entertain us with movies of people being killed. Although the monsters and killing method may vary, viewers expect the good one to live or die last. Although there were no actual victims in real life, actors and actresses subjected to the manipulations of the script on how their characters are killed onscreen is pretty much like a sacrifice to please us. I think the writers of this film wanted to get this point across when they used the stereotypical characters and the ritual. So this movie is about the state of the horror genre today and the message is profound. In the end when Dana wonders about whether humanity deserves to exist if it means sacrificing people to do so, she is taking about the horror film industry. Should it continue to exist by killing people onscreen or should they suck it up and incur the wrath of the horror film fans?  


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