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June 04 2012

Sequential Tart discusses 'The Cabin in the Woods'. There's some interesting observations to be had. Spoilers if you haven't seen the movie.

I loved CitW even more the second time I saw it in the theater (when I could really relax and enjoy the structure of the story, instead of just being on the roller coaster), and now I'm reading the Visual Companion (which definitely adds a lot). In fact I think that this is rapidly becoming my favorite Joss Whedon project (okay, yeah, he collaborated w/Drew, but he collaborated on Doctor Horrible and I still count that as a huge fav).

There is a lot of commentary on humanity here, and a lot of texture/layers (not to mention a huge amount of silly fun). I definitely need the DVD.
I liked CitW a lot but was confused by everyone warning about spoilers. If something is established from the start of the film that's not spoilers, it's structure.
Best movie I've seen in a long while. I will buy the DVD for sure.
I liked CitW a lot but was confused by everyone warning about spoilers. If something is established from the start of the film that's not spoilers, it's structure.

I think the stuff about spoilers is more about giving away how the movie unfolds, i.e. (CITW SPOILERS) then the kids figure out they're being watched, then they go down into the basement and it's a big corporation, then they unleash the monsters etc.

It's not that any of these things on their own ruins the movie, but watching it without knowing just how far off the freakin' reservation this thing is gonna go makes for a much more thrilling ride than if you go in knowing that eventually they're going to encounter literally every horror movie.
Yeah, I'm glad I wasn't spoiled for CitW when I saw it the first time: I knew there was the underground lab, but I didn't know how or who or why they were there. And I didn't know if Joss was going to follow the horror movie genre template and kill off all of his young people.... I certainly didn't expect the finale we got! I was on the roller coaster and loving the ride, more than I would have if I'd been spoiled for everything that happens ahead of time.

But then I always hate spoilers.
But I got yelled at last night for 'spoiling' part of the Borgias (which I thought was kinda more like History...) *eyeroll*.
But I got yelled at last night for 'spoiling' part of the Borgias

Hee. I bet you went around spoiling Titanic, too. Scoundrel.
citw is a brilliant film and i'm just glad it did get released as there was a time i thought it wouldn't due to mgm's problems.

Also the discussions on this link are really good and made me think about some things i hadn't before, and in doing so adds to how good this film is.
I usually don't care one way or another about spoilers. If a movie is ruined for me by knowing what happens, it probably wasn't that good to begin with (I'm a big re-watcher/re-reader by nature). That said, I avoided the Cabin trailers, because I had already decided to see it. You could argue that the trailers were a little spoily not because they showed the concept of the movie, but because they did show charcters who were alive at the beginning of the third act.

Me, I loved it. Definitely my favorite movie of the year, with only really the Hobbit as possible competition! And this has been a GREAT year for movies!

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