The Cabin in the Woods (2012) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Cabin in the Woods (2012)



Critic Consensus: The Cabin in the Woods is an astonishing meta-feat, capable of being funny, strange, and scary -- frequently all at the same time.

Movie Info

Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods. Bad things happen. If you think you know this story, think again. From fan favorites Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard comes The Cabin in the Woods, a mind blowing horror film that turns the genre inside out. -- (C) Lionsgatemore
Rating: R (for strong bloody horror violence and gore, language, drug use and some sexuality/nudity)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Joss Whedon, Drew Goddard
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 18, 2012
Box Office: $42.0M
Lionsgate Films - Official Site


Tim De Zarn
as Mordecai
Tom Lenk
as Ronald the Intern
Dan Payne
as Matthew Buckner
Jodelle Ferland
as Patience Buckner
Danny Shea
as Father Buckner
Maya Massar
as Mother Buckner
Matt Drake
as Judah Buckner
Nels Lennarson
as Clean Man
Rukiya Bernard
as Labcoat Girl
Adrian Holmes
as Demo Guy
Terry Chen
as Operations Guy
Heather Doerksen
as Accountant
Patrick Sabongui
as Elevator Guard
Phillip Mitchell
as Lead Guard
Naomi Dane
as Japanese Floaty Girl
Ellie Harvie
as Military Liaison
Patrick Gilmore
as Werewolf Wrangler
Brad Dryborough
as Chem Department Guy
Emili Kawashima
as Japanese Frog Girl
Aya Furukawa
as Japanese School Girl
Maria Go
as Japanese School Girl
Serena Akane Chi
as Japanese School Girl
Abbey Imai
as Japanese School Girl
Marina Ishibashi
as Japanese School Girl
Miku Katsuura
as Japanese School Girl
Alicia Takase Lui
as Japanese School Girl
Jodi Tabuchi
as Japanese School Girl
Sara Taira
as Japanese School Girl
Alyssandra Yamamoto
as Japanese School Girl
Richard Cetrone
as Werewolf/Merman
Phoebe Galvan
as Sugarplum Fairy
Simon Pidgeon
as Dismemberment Goblin
Matt Phillips
as Dismemberment Goblin
Lori Stewar
as Floating Witch
Lori Stewart
as Floating Witch
Gregory Zach
as Fornicus, Lord of B...
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Critic Reviews for The Cabin in the Woods

All Critics (253) | Top Critics (47)

The filmmakers are less interested in providing a slow buildup to their frights than in splattering the clichés of the form in funny, spirited ways.

Full Review… | October 6, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

In order to subvert any popular form, entertainment first has to work on its own terms. Goddard and Whedon are too busy geeking out to bother with those requirements.

Full Review… | October 6, 2014
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

The setup is intriguing but the balance feels off. Goddard and Whedon overplay the winking postmodernism.

Full Review… | October 6, 2014
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
Top Critic

The target audience is clearly horror geeks with a clear knowledge of the genre and its cliches. But if you are one of those people, then you'll probably not enjoy a movie more this year.

Full Review… | September 27, 2015
The Playlist

Certainly one of my favourite films of the year so far and a must-see for anyone wanting to be genuinely shocked by the places a walk in a dark, dark wood can take you.

Full Review… | September 27, 2015

[Whedon finds] an inventive way to subvert the genre with a re-twist of the dreaded knife of horror, and a very acute Big Brother eye.

Full Review… | September 27, 2015
FILMINK (Australia)

Audience Reviews for The Cabin in the Woods


In times of reality shows, this type of meta-film is such a brilliant idea, an incredibly smart and thought-provoking commentary that plays with the conventions of the genre using plenty of humor, sharp irony and intelligence - and the last half-hour is especially amazing.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Very clever

Matt Goodman

Super Reviewer

This was quite a pleasant surprise. Loved the characters and the ending.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

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