Thursday, August 16, 2012


Next on the plate is the dark horror comedy from the man himself Joss Whedon who is one of the writers of the screenplay and the producer.  The main part of the story is a group of friends go on a trip to this cabin that one of their cousins bought for a vacation.  While they are there they start to find out hidden mysteries that surround the cabin.  There is a linking story that is also part of the main story but I won't get into that because I want to save that part for you the audience to watch unfold.

I had my reservations about this movie when it was out in theatres.  I'm a big Whedon fan and he really knows how to spin a good yarn and make likable and believable characters.  After watching this movie I was kind of sad I didn't get to see it on the big screen.  I think it was the marketing that really didn't appeal to me and made the movie look just like a generic group horror film.  After watching this movie I had huge smile on my face, it was such a satisfying movie and hit almost every note perfectly.

Directed and also written by Drew Goddard, who has worked on Buffy, Angel, LOST, and also wrote Cloverfield.  This is Drew's directorial debut and what a debut it is.  He keeps the pace going and make great use of the camera.  He knows his craft and is very able to handle what ever is thrown at him.  There was never a time I felt bored or got lost in the action on the screen.  Drew bult up tension well and the cutting of the film paced it beautifully.  Watch this guy, I'm sure his next feature will be just as entertaining.

Joss Whedon, really what needs to be said about him.  Such a talented scribe.  Joss really knows how to write characters and dialogue that just works.  The characters interact so well together and everything just fits.  Whedon really brought a new fan base with The Avengers, and anyone who now supports him and hasn't seen this film should get out and give it a go.  One thing a film like this needs is strong writing and strong characters and Whedon gives us both.  Each character has a right amount of screen time and you are right there rooting for the ones you like and loathing the ones you hate.  You get to now these characters which usually in movies like these you don't have time to, or the writer just doesn't feel the need for you to get to really know them.  Whedon and Goddard have taken that time and given us characters that make us laugh, make us smile, and make us shake our fists.  Hats off to you Joss for crafting such an entertaining story.

The cast was top notch, from Chris Hemsworth, to Amy Acker, Richard Jenkins Fran Kranz.  They were all in top form.  It was joy to see everyone on screen.  I had a blast with Richard Jenkins character.  Richard played the father on Six Feet Under, and does a top notch job in whatever role he is given.  The Mighty Thor(Hemsworth) plays Curt, whose cousin bought this cabin in the woods that the friends group together and head out to for the small vacation.  He hides his Australian accent well in this film and plays the lovable jock character perfectly.  There is something you don't see too often in a movie like this, a lovable jock.

This movie had a great director, great screenplay, and great performances, not to mention the wonderful special effects.  Some digital blood was used but in most cases it wasn't noticeable or distracting.  I am actually getting ready to sit down and give it a go again.  This is a movie I think will bring smiles to a lot of horror movie fans faces.  It has sarcastic dark humor, pleanty of frightening action sequences, buckets of blood and a sinister story.

I give this movie 4.5 stars out of 5.  I know some people had problems with the ending and I was getting nervous that the ending was going to bottom out.  For me, I loved the ending, it fit the movie perfectly and in my eyes it ended the way the movie should have.  Get out and see this movie.  I can recommend this movie with open arms.  Till next time my friends.

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