A rambunctious group of five college friends take away for a weekend of debauchery in an isolated nation cabin, only to be assaulted by horrific supernatural animals in a night of limitless horror and bloodshed. Sound familiar? Just wait. As the teenagers start to exhibit standard horror movie behavior, a group of specialists in a control living room are scrutinizing, and sometimes even managing, every step the horrified children make! With their efforts continuously warded off by the all powerful eye in the sky, do they have any chance of escape?
An affectionate, extremely knowing satire that also handles to be a full-blooded, rip-snorting frightening movie, this Joss Whedon production need to have horror fans levitating off of their seats with bliss. Beginning with the very best title card of the year, the film follows a conventional selection of college children (jock, stoner, cheerleader, bookish Final Girl, and so on) as they go to the weird, cobwebby location of the title. At the same time, a pair of blasé white-collar drones (the remarkable Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford) trek through what appears to be simply another day in the office. These plotlines are not entirely unrelated. Those averse to spoilers can be forgiven for using earmuffs from right here on out, however among the beauties of Whedon and Drew Goddard's script is how it handles to continuously up the ante, revealing the basics of its plot in the primary scene and then proceeding to run amuck within the boundaries it so happily establishes. (If you think you've got it found out, simply wait five minutes.) Scoring major points for ambition, debuting director Goddard does sometimes struggle with the film's swings in between laughs and screams, with a couple of promisingly frightening scenes blunted by badly cued punch lines. In addition, just like many Whedon jobs, some viewers may discover this teetering on the edge of glibness, with every character sporting a full toolbox of virtually too-clever wisecracks ready. Any such nitpicking, however, need to be wiped out by Cabin's totally hellzapoppin' last act, which mashes-up seemingly every supernatural trope out there into a meaningful, insanely plasma-soaked validation of the category. In conclusion, if you have any interest in horror motion pictures at all, you got ta see this.--Andrew Wright
Run Time: 94
Release Date: 2/18/2014