CABIN IN THE WOODS
Compared to the previous film Triangle, the movie Cabin in The Woods introduced the usual stereotypical characters in a horror film. There were the victims, the spectators, and the “horror,” a.k.a. the monsters. The film started out with the usual teenager adventure horror film vibe, continued on to have the what-makes-this-movie-different-from-every-other-horror-film factors, and lastly, quite the magnified and very disappointing end.
From the beginning, there was no doubt that the film was indeed made to scare the viewers. However, with numerous films about teenage adventures gone bad, most scenes in the film were very predictable. Where the pretty girl is with the handsome boy and they get in trouble, the conservative gets her fair share of moments, and finally, the not-so-smart friend ends up being of great help to the survival of the group, or at least some of its members. Amidst this predictability quotient, the factor that sets this movie apart from others is the existence of the laboratory. This laboratory that to put it simply, guides the path of the subjects does not usually exist. Unlike the usual scary movies that unfold on their own, the laboratory in the film plays a huge part in how the story will continue. Although the scientists responsible for operating the facility assures the viewers that they are present to merely facilitate the procedures of the plan, it gave me a sense of fakeness. The presence of “controllers” made me feel that the fear the movie was trying to impart on the viewers was merely superficial, and that it wasn’t real emotions that I was feeling, but just a product of the imagination of these scientists. Another thing that I didn’t like about the movie was the lack of a proper bridge between the light and easy feeling it had at the beginning, and the heavy- end of the world- life and death situation it had at the end. I expected a trip gone bad, and I am fine with adjustments and surprises, but to just let all hell break loose by releasing all the monsters at the same time, killing the people responsible for the set-up, and in the end introduce a ritual that would save the entire planet, well that was just too much in five minutes for me to appreciate. I thought that a better transition, and at least 10 more lines from the movie to connect two widely different scenes could have helped the movie flow smoother.
After the movie, Cabin in The Woods would be an important movie to watch when studying horror film. It shows a more familiar side to horror with monsters, the reality of actual human beings aware of their surroundings and in control as seen initially with the lab technicians, and the great twist of impossibility with the entire plot of the movie. But besides the monsters and the deaths, what really struck me was the fact that a simple idea as a trip with friends could turn out to be something so tragic. Monsters and laboratories aside, this movie happened to give me a sense of realization of the mortality of men, especially when we are in an excited state of either happiness or the opposite. It is during times like these that we are most vulnerable, and this is what has caught my attention. Young as we are, wanting to experience the most out of life, we tend to be vulnerable when in the state we most desire, so we ask ourselves is it worth the risk? Again, the uncertainty is what haunts us in the end.