The Cabin in the Woods (2011)

The Cabin in the Woods follows five friends as they travel off the grid for a vacation at an isolated cabin; what could go wrong? Perhaps a premeditated scientific plot causing everything to go wrong. Upon their arrival at the cabin, the friends, unbeknownst to them, are thrown into a meticulously calculated simulation. Certain members of the group become more skeptical of the strange occurrences happening in the cabin, and a much darker plot begins to reveal itself; leaving them in a fight for survival on par with the bloodiest slasher film.

The movie takes a satirical look at the typical horror movie character tropes: The jock, the dumb blonde, the stoner, the brain, and the innocent but strong-willed “final girl.” The film doesn’t take itself too seriously, leaning heavily on the typical progression of horror tropes. What makes this movie exceptionally enjoyable is that it lets the audience in on exactly what is transpiring behind the scenes as the five friends remain unknowing.

Shot in British Columbia, many of the province’s sights are the backdrop to multiple set pieces in the film. Notably, these locations include The British Colombia Institute of Technology, Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park, and Secret Cove Cottage located in Half Moon Bay.

The Cabin in the Woods a new horror classic that compels its audience to yell at the screen in typical horror movie fashion, but this time for different reasons.

Review by Rebeca MacKinnon

Canadian connection

British Columbia