Monday, April 16, 2012
Cine Beaverhausen: The Cabin in the Woods
The cabin of this film's title is, of course, set out where no one can hear you scream. (Sometimes, I could use a place like that.) The movie is, in essence, of the haunted house sub-genre and it certainly gets around to hauling out plenty of scary monsters to do the haunting. Very deadly and violent ones at that.
The Cabin in the Woods deconstructs the slasher film's blueprint, though the themes and Jungian archetypes for this type of horror movie are as old as our dark fairy tales from the Middle Ages and equally as moralistic.
This film is directed by Goddard. Not Jean Luc (Breathless, Alphaville). Drew (Buffy the Vampire Killer, Cloverfield). Goddard One was of the New Wave; Goddard Two's of the New Flave (of the Month, I mean).
Five young people enter the Dark Forest after getting a bad vibe en route by -- who else? -- the creepy gas station attendant. It doesn't take long before they arrive at ye olde log cabin and it's "Don't go in the cellar!" followed by "Don't read that incantation!" followed by "Don't stand in front of that window!" ad nauseum.
The Cabin in the Woods is post-modernly, painfully aware of these cliches and sends them up with scares. It also sends in the clowns -- in the form of killer zombies. In fact, there's also a killer clown on hand! No monster-movie detail too remote for this movie it would seem.
The film begins with two male co-workers at the office coffee machine, shooting the breeze. But the mundane normalcy of this scene gives way to the increasingly bizarre. Ultimately, this storyline and that of the five young people in the cabin merge. What starts as a surreal concept ends as an excruciatingly ridiculous one, however.
By climax, I didn't care what happened because... well, it was all so stupid! To top it off, a famous screen actress, who seems to have seen better days vis-a-vis her participation in this mess, is dragged in, to make it all the more ridiculous and absurd. All I wanted, at this point, was that the film end and put me out of my misery. Is this a whole new type of horror? Fear that the film could drag on forever?
It's amazing how much mutilation and torture movie slasher-victims can endure and still carry on. They needn't bother, I tell you. And, hey, you know what would be really scary? Having to sit through this creature-feature a second time.