I must admit that I went into 'The Cabin in the Woods' pretty skeptical. I was concerned that the film would be too witty or self-indulgent for its own good, forgetting that it's
still a horror film. Fortunately, Drew Goddard's The Cabin in the Woods succeeds a lot more than it fails in delivering a funny, scary genre film that twists conventions and supplies us with something
relatively unique. Dabin in the Woods doesn't hold back on the gore and besides a few sketchy CGI effects, it has some of the better practical monster effects I have seen in awhile. I would even say that one or two of designs beckoned to some of Clive Barker's imagination and ingenuity with creature effects. The 'reveal' being the centerpiece of the film is solid, if not spectacular, but you have to appreciate the film for going balls out in every way for the finale. The highlights for me were Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford, who supply a great amount of tongue and cheek humor to the film. Their liveliness pays major dividends in keeping the film engaging and entertaining. Drew Goddard's film is hard to review without giving away the finale but it's definitely a film that is best to walk into knowing nothing.
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