CABIN IN THE WOODS discussion thread (spoilers!)

If you have NOT seen Cabin in the Woods, DON’T read any further — it’s one of the best horror movies I’ve ever seen, and you’ll ruin the experience if you know much about it.

It’s a movie that any Lovecraft fan will absolutely love.  So stop reading this, go see the movie, then come back here to discuss.

Seriously.  If you haven’t seen it, stop reading.  This is NOT a spoiler-free thread!

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DUDE.  Really.  Stop reading this if you have not seen the movie!

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OK, you’ve been warned!

If you HAVE seen Cabin in the Woods, then you know just how Lovecraftian it is.  Lovecraft eZine readers kept emailing me to tell me that I needed to see it, so I went yesterday.

Well, I haven’t been this happy with a horror movie in years.  After seeing the sacrifice pictures in the opening credits, and then the first scene with the bureaucrats, I had some idea of what was coming.  So at that point I kept thinking, “I hope they do this right!”, and man, did they ever.

I’ll have more to say, but the bottom line is that this was a Lovecraftian movie, through and through, and DAMN, did they ever do it right.  I loved how the world ended because the “nerd” didn’t feel that humanity was worth saving.

I’ll have more to say, but first, tell me what you thought of the movie.  Comment below!

37 responses to “CABIN IN THE WOODS discussion thread (spoilers!)

  1. Ha ha. I just saw it last night and I couldn’t agree more! I just can’t wait for the (never to happen) sequel of us all living as slaves/food for the ones below!

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  2. What is implied, is that the ancient ones thrived on the psychic energy of fear released by the victims as well as their demise, and that the gods enjoyed slumbering while having nightmares WITHIN nightmares.

    Another premise of this movie, is that if we all too often fit stereotypical molds, it would raise our odds of being sacrificial fodder for mass consumption.

    Another view of the movie could be that society, especially now, participates in mechanical sacrifices of lives (war, etc..) in order to “maintain our way of life as we know it.” So mechanical and contrived, that it seems ritualistic.

    Also, if we are driven by fear induced by outside forces that show us “what nightmares are made of” we eventually get on the conveyor belt of worldly doom faster than anyone else. And if we look beyond the artificially induced fear that society constantly shows us, if we transcend that knee-jerk reaction of fear through “thinking outside the box” or being counter culture (as represented by pot and the pothead immune to outside manipulation, we might stand a chance. Awesome movie. Lovecraftian.

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  3. I followed the advice to know as little as possible about this movie before going to see it. I avoided reviews (except to see that the consensus was positive) and wouldn’t even read articles about it that promised “no spoilers.” And what did I get in return? One of the most enjoyable, surprising, and yes, Lovecraftian experiences a moviegoer could have. Just A+ on everything with this movie. I also thought a tentacle would have been better at the end, but actually, that might have been too specific — the hand stood in for any (or all) of the Old Ones, and got the Lovecraftian point across perfectly.

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  4. At the end when Sigourney Weaver’s character falls in the pit I thought that she would’ve replaced the “fool” to be sacrificed, and that the ending would’ve shown the last 2 survivors realizing that they didn’t want the world to end and somehow continuing the rituals a year later. Or somehow that the film would’ve gone ultra-meta. Could’ve left room for a sequel.

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  5. Does anyone know what the symbol on the floor of the platform in the Ancient Ones crypt was? Was it an original made-up symbol, or does it actually exist? I feel like I have seen it before, but can’t quite place my finger on it.

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  6. I think the reason they went with a hand at the end instead of a tentacle was to recapitulate the zombie hands that came up out of the ground earlier. Sort of a visual callback gag. Also a subtle put-down of horror movie tropes and cliches — “This is seriously the most original thing we could think of for the end of the world: giant zombies!”

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