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Last Friday I went to the cinema to see the Cabin in the Woods. Thanks to Film 2012 and the lovely Claudia Winkleman, I decided this would be a good use of my free cinema voucher.
I'm still not 100% sure what I made of it. Was it clever, original, stupid, hilarious? This film isn't your typical horror film. I think it's referred to as meta-horror, but I'm not very clued up on what that actually means. Basically, it doesn't take itself too seriously. It kinda takes the piss out of the stereotypical slasher, horror movies - and not on a Scary Movie level.
The basic plot is that 4 attractive students are going to a 'cabin in the woods' for a vacation. You quickly learn that the whole thing has been fixed up by some unknown operation and the entire vacation is being controlled by technicians in some industrial control centre. The same thing is happening in different countries across the world.
The technicians control everything - the mood of the students, their intelligence levels, the 'monsters' that come to get them.
I didn't find it scary. I don't get easily scared, but there are some rather creepy bits. Some parts are very funny. I love dry wit and there was plenty of that. I don't really know what to compare this movie to. Perhaps Shaun of the Dead - but slightly more serious. It's definitely original, as far as I'm concerned I've never seen anything like it.
You're probably wondering how on earth unicorns are involved. I couldn't possibly tell you, but it turns out, they ain't so nice after all.
My rating ~ 3.5/5 (extra half point purely for having Chris Hemsworth in it)