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Dec 30, 2004

Hey, you want a toothpick?

If youíre a fan of horror movies, skip this review and go see the movie. If not, let me sell it to you.

The movie is the brainchild of geek god Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard. While Goddard worked with Whedon on the popular TV shows, Buffy and Angel, he also penned nine episodes of LOST. This was his first time in the directorís chair.

ĎThe Cabin in the Woodsí features some good players with familiar faces. Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Richard Jenkins (Step Brothers), and Bradley Whitford (Billy Madison). Rounding out the heart of the cast are newcomers Kristen Connolly and Fran Kanz. Both deliver perfect performances for their roles.

Fans of horror movies will note that nearly all them try to inject some humor. This humor is often crass and ultimately apparent that the writer has no idea what constitutes humor. TCITW has wonderful dialogue that is not seemingly forced. Several visual gags add to the experience and are very well crafted.

I donít want to plant the idea that this film is a laugh riot. I laughed three times and snickered four or five more. Itís a horror film. Itís a horror film that youíve never seen before, despite what you may think from the trailer. Itís core is clichť. Five college kids take a vacation to a deserted cabin. One couple, one set of kids that eventually hooks up, and the fifth wheel, usually the pot head/ outcast. Yup, itís there. Overall, the movie takes horror clichťs and beats the crap out of them and forces them to do itís bidding.

Things get interesting. The plot unfolds at a very nice pace, not giving too much away. This is a plot I have never seen before and donít believe itís been done. I had heard that there was a huge twist ending. I was expecting to be Shyamalaned. I mostly figured it out around the halfway mark. I was still a little surprised.

I recommend this movie to anywone who likes movies and wants to see something new, but also something that they are used to. Iíll recommend it to anyone that is open minded. I think that the originality of this movie will be lost on the general public and it will be polarizing to the rest of us. I loved it.

Score: 4.5/5


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