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The Cabin in the Woods (2012)



Average Rating: 7.8/10
Reviews Counted: 230
Fresh: 211 | Rotten: 19

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


Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 44
Fresh: 39 | Rotten: 5

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



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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) Lionsgate


Mystery & Suspense, Horror

Joss Whedon, Drew Goddard

Sep 18, 2012


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One of the best movies of 2012 so far, in any genre.

January 4, 2013 Full Review Source:
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By the time the ride is over, director Drew Goddard and co-writers Goddard and Joss Whedon will change course three or four times, nodding and winking but never losing momentum.

January 4, 2013 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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And you thought you were just headed for a weekend getaway.

April 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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A horror movie embedded in a conspiracy flick embedded in another horror movie-the most inventive cabin-in-the-woods picture since The Evil Dead and the canniest genre deconstruction since Scream.

April 13, 2012 Full Review Source: The Atlantic | Comments (9)
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The climactic one-two punch of special-effects chaos and meta-movie chin stroking should have the fanboys trembling with delight.

April 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (6)
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"The Cabin in the Woods" gets at the story underneath the story, and the reason behind the clichés.

April 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Comments (2)
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Taking its cue from Michael Haneke's deeper, crueler Funny Games, The Cabin in the Woods explores why we-sicko viewers-take pleasure in the suffering of others.

November 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
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One hottie, one cutie, one stoner, one jock and one intellectual go to a remote cabin in the woods. If this sounds like a setup for a joke, well, it kind of is.

July 31, 2013 Full Review Source:

An original and audacious horror-comedy that oftentimes works better than it should.

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: John Hanlon Reviews
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This is a movie that knows it is capitalizing on the clichés and stupidity of its genre, but refuses to bow to the same simple-minded standards to achieve something more

June 29, 2013 Full Review Source:

The Cabin in the Woods is crammed with so many twists and turns that the mere thought of reviewing it and ruining the fun for others is scary in and of itself.

January 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

The Cabin in the Woods manages to throw the horror and comedy genres into a blender, and the result is a delicious product that's ridiculously fun and warrants watching at least once.

January 8, 2013 Full Review Source: UGO

The best movie of the year so far.

January 8, 2013 Full Review Source:

Would you like your head thoroughly messed with? Then check straight into The Cabin in the Woods.

January 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Independent

The pleasure in The Cabin in the Woods comes from its audacious tuggings-away of the dramatic rug under your feet.

January 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Independent

Taking a leaf out of Scream director Wes Craven's book, Joss Whedon both uses and skewers horror film clichés for this enjoyable tongue-in-cheek slasher.

January 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Star
Daily Star

The Cabin in the Woods is a horror movie about horror movies. Except not really. It's a horror movie about what horror movies do for us, about why narratives of horror mean something to us.

January 8, 2013 Full Review Source: PopMatters

A fiendishly clever genre Rubik's Cube that demonstrates, if nothing else, how much Fangoria fare benefits from the wicked wit of a real writer.

January 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago
Time Out Chicago

Like Scream before it, the film is a simultaneous dissection and celebration of all the tropes to which it pays homage, while also managing to be a superb example of the genre in its own right.

January 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

The Cabin in the Woods is a quick-witted, mind-bending fright fest. A truly rare and original horror film.

January 8, 2013 Full Review Source:

In a year that's looking to have a very strong lineup of horror and genre movies, it's very likely that The Cabin in the Woods will come out the king of the hill.

January 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

The result is a film that might be too smart for its own good, a piece of meta-fiction that's all meta. The Cabin in the Woods isn't trying to scare us as much as it's trying to enlighten us about being scared, then settles for amusing us about it.

January 8, 2013 Full Review Source:

It's not often you can really get a new twist in genre, but this horror movie actually managed to rewrite its own rules thanks to an underlying nihilist sensibility and a fearless approach to formula.

January 8, 2013
Montreal Gazette

Whedon's and Goddard's screenplay reads like both a love letter to horror movies and a good-natured treatise on what's wrong with them.

January 8, 2013 Full Review Source:

While this film is not for everyone -- those who like their slasher film cliches without irony shouldn't bother -- anyone who likes brains to go with their blood are bound to appreciate what Whedon and Goddard have conjured.

January 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Toledo Blade
Toledo Blade

Audience Reviews for The Cabin in the Woods

This was quite a pleasant surprise. Loved the characters and the ending.
March 1, 2014

Super Reviewer

FIve college kids go to a remote cabin to party but find themselves the rats in a maze constructed by a mysterious group intent on their gruesome demises. The Cabin In The Woods is very much in Joss Whedon's familiar territory of ironic pastiche, featuring the usual gang of jocks, hotties and the gratuitous wise-cracking nerd going into the woods that hillbillies forgot to get murdered in various stereotypical ways. The big difference is in the way that the perpetrators are not the rent-a-zombies, but a kind of "Evil Incorporated" who are just a bunch of white collar, clock-punching schmos. The scenes below ground are by far the best with Bradley Whitford commenting on the proceedings like a kind of parody of Mystery Theatre 3000 as they crack wise while admiring their handiwork. I suspect that the film would have benefited from a more hands on approach by Joss Whedon's keener sense of the post modern and lighter comic touch, Goddard's punch line in particular felt weak compared to the very amusing build up. But as a whole, it's just the right side of self deprecating and much, much better than the hugely over-rated Scream.
December 27, 2013
xGary Xx

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You think its one particular genre and then bam hits you with stuff you weren't expecting!
I love Joss Whedon and you definitely know its Whedon, it is amusing so it is a dark comedy and it takes the traditional and predictable horror genre and twists it on its back. Entertaining and original so gets points for that!
August 24, 2013
Film Crazy

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This movie was perfect. Such a creative story! Every time something awesome was happening, I kept hoping against hope it was going where I wanted it to. And it did. I was continually and joyously surprised by how fun this film was.
August 20, 2013
Curtis Lilly

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    1. Marty: Yeah... I had to dismember that guy with a trowel.
    – Submitted by David P (4 months ago)
    1. Dana: It's time to give someone else a chance.
    – Submitted by Noah A (9 months ago)
    1. Marty: And that makes what kind of sense?
    – Submitted by Dakota O (11 months ago)
    1. Curt: Don't wait up for us.
    – Submitted by Adam P (13 months ago)
    1. Curt: Also your not wearing any pants.
    – Submitted by Adam P (13 months ago)
    1. Marty: I dare you all to go upstairs.
    – Submitted by Rawballs B (16 months ago)
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