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The Cabin

TV movie . Comedy

A pair of single parents, who have each brought their children to a remote Scottish resort for an annual family-and-games event, are accidentally booked into the same cabin. Naturally, they can't stand each first.

Actors: Niamh Shaw , Bel Powley , Alice Felgate , Steven Brand , Lea Thompson
Directors: Brian Trenchard-Smith
Country: USA
Release: 2011-07-30
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  • Peter Hartlaub

    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.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    The Cabin in the Woods isn't merely another "Scream" exercise in self-awareness, or a "Scary Movie" spoof of the same. It's a wickedly smart hybrid mutation, biting the severed hand feeding the genre.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    It's an exercise in metafiction that, while providing grisly fun, never distances viewers. And it's entertaining, while asking the same question of viewers and characters alike: Why come to a place you knew all along was going to be so dark and dangerous?

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Ian Buckwalter

    A horror-movie attic sale is, in essence, exactly what Cabin in the Woods is, an attempt to exorcise the genre of its formulaic possession by stuffing the movie full of its most overused and predictable elements - and then dumping them through clever skewering.

    NPR Full Review
  • Alison Willmore

    Cabin in the Woods does what "Scream" only halfway managed, which was to find something new by looking back at the familiar - and at least in Whedon's world, the geeky ones are never first on the chopping block.

    Movieline Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    The Cabin in the Woods is a fantastic poke in the eye of our horror-movie expectations.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    Not since "Scream" has a horror movie subverted the expectations that accompany the genre to such wicked effect as The Cabin in the Woods, a sly, self-conscious twist on one of slasher films' ugliest stepchildren: the coed campsite massacre.

    Variety Full Review
  • David Ehrlich

    Drew Goddard's giddily brilliant The Cabin in the Woods has a lot on its twisted mind.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    The horror-movie clichés form the backbone from which the film's humor and creativity emerge. This Cabin may not be the Parthenon, but it's definitely a place to worship the gods of horror.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Cabin is a deliciously devious scare dance that keeps changing the steps until you lose your shit and fall helplessly into its demonic traps.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    The film's main virtue, a large virtue indeed, is that it does not give anything away before its shockingly apt time.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    It showcases one of Whedon's greatest strengths: his ability to take previously disrespected genres - in this case the slasher film - and turn them inside-out and upside-down and every which way but loose.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    It's a film full of clever moments that may at first seem cheeky but come to feel inspired, with a third act (which only a churl would describe) that rises to a dizzyingly heightened level of metaphysics and mayhem.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    Because the first narrative is so crushingly generic (which turns out to be the point), most of the amusement derives from trying to figure out what the second one is all about. I'm not sure I ever did, but the climactic one-two punch of special-effects chaos and meta-movie chin stroking should have the fanboys trembling with delight.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    I'm recommending that you rush out and see it, but not altogether because I think it's so totally great and completely works. Quite a bit of it is great, and most of it works, and the stuff that clicks is outrageously entertaining and funny, sometimes with surprising depth. But I also want you to see it so we can argue about what works and what doesn't. Full Review
  • Mary Pols

    At the very least, it's awfully entertaining and for "Buffy" fans, reason to put down the boxed sets and run off to the cinema.

    Time Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Not all of the twists work, but most are self-knowing enough to keep you guessing until its (literally) groundbreaking conclusion.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    Charmingly, like a throwback to the pre-Twitter age, here's a horror film that's been made with no reasonable way to discuss it beforehand.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Jamie Graham

    A super-entertaining, super-slick love/hate letter to horror with a final 20 minutes that's stunningly bonkers.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Staff (Not credited)

    Cabin is a meta-horror-comedy mash-up that, at least for two-thirds of its running time, holds together smartly.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    A pulpy, deceivingly insightful send-up of horror movies that elicits just as many knowing chuckles as horrified gasps.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Kevin C. Johnson

    Moviegoers looking for a thrill should go into The Cabin in the Woods knowing as little as possible about the film.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford are particularly funny in their middle-management roles.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    The movie balances nicely on the edge of meta-horror, with characters breaking free of their assigned roles (in more ways than one) and monkey-wrenching the very urban legend they're dying to get out of.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    This is not a perfect movie; it's so ragged, it's practically constructed of loose ends. But it's exciting because it ventures so far off the map.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    The devilishly clever script tries a lot of things. Not all of them work, but it's hard not to admire Whedon and Goddard for the attempts. This is definitely not your standard kids-get-slaughtered-by-zombies motion picture.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    It's often funny and smart, but seldom deeply involving, and practically never scary.

    Slate Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    The initial brilliance of the premise is eventually dulled by illogic, the whole thing proves unmanageable and the filmmakers unmanage their climactic revelation with far more zest than finesse. Still, zest counts for a lot, and resonance carries the day.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Is it scary? Not especially. But there are enough gory surprises around every bend to keep you laughing/screaming/cringing.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The movie's biggest surprise may be that the story we think we know from modern scary cinema - that horror is a fun, cosmic game, not much else - here turns out to be pretty much the whole enchilada.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    The Cabin in the Woods is pure mechanics, as if the shadowy Dharma Initiative of "Lost" switched agents and found itself at the center of a brain-bending ensemble drama.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Jaime N. Christley

    The Cabin in the Woods, regardless of its many genealogical links to prior Whedon creations, is an ideal Hollywood film in the Age of Pixar: spectacle for spectacle's sake, but infiltrated by intelligent commentary and an atmosphere of generosity and inclusion.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Peter Bradshaw

    However smart and sophisticated this film is, it may disappoint those who, in their hearts, would still like to be genuinely scared.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Dan Jolin

    Part "Evil Dead," part "The Truman Show," part "Arthur Christmas"... For horror hounds who love a larf, and those of us who always wondered exactly what that dry-ice stuff that rises out of the forest-floor moss is. A fun ride - but not quite a "Scream."

    Empire Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    The laughs come easily, the screams not so much. It's as if the filmmakers got so wrapped up in the satire they forgot to include the intense sensation of rising dread that creates all the thrills and chills that are part of the attraction.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    Novelty and genre traditionalism often fight to a draw. Too much overt cleverness has a way of spoiling dumb, reliable thrills. And despite the evident ingenuity and strenuous labor that went into it, The Cabin in the Woods does not quite work.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Mark Olsen

    A horror comedy with a structural twist intended to emit an air of being something more, Cabin has an off-putting vibe of cocky self-confidence, a "don't you get it" conviction that it's something special. As with people, it's not a charming quality in a movie.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • David Rooney

    Effects work is slick, and Goddard keeps his foot on the accelerator with help from David Julyan's suspense-building score. It's just too bad the movie is never much more than a hollow exercise in self-reflexive cleverness that's not nearly as ingenious as it seems to think.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    I've seen a lot of rip-offs of "The Truman Show" and a lot of rip-offs of "Scream." I guess I have to give credit to The Cabin in the Woods for ripping off both at once.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    A creepfest so stupid it makes trashy slash-and-burn epics like "Humans Versus Zombies" and "I Spit on Your Grave" seem like Molière and Proust.

    New York Observer Full Review
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