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"The Cabin in the Woods" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

A rambunctious group of five college friends steal away for a weekend of debauchery in an isolated country cabin, only to be attacked by horrific supernatural creatures in a night of endless terror and bloodshed. Sound familiar? Just wait. As the teens begin to exhibit standard horror movie behavior, a group of technicians in a control room are scrutinizing, and sometimes even controlling every move the terrified kids make! With their efforts continually thwarted by the all powerful eye in the sky, do they have any chance of escape?

Specifications

  • Lions Gate Studios
  • 2012, Color, Rated R, 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Codec: MPEG4
  • 1080p, Dolby Digital 5.1 audio
  • Actors: Richard Jenkins, Jesse Williams, Chris Hemsworth
  • Directors: Drew Goddard
  • Writer: Joss Whedon
Rating
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  • Violence:Yes & lots of gore
  • Sex:Topless moment
  • Language:Yes

Commentary

Not your typical horror flick, even though it looks to be a rip-off of a Sam Raimi movie. Humor mixes with gore and sci-fi technology in this amalgam that includes zombies, assorted monsters and giant gods of the underworld. Right when you think you know what is going to happen next, the movie deftly turns on a dime and spins your head. Lots of blood, but also lots of humor here. I was so entertained that I wanted to watch it again the moment it was over. Who knew the end of the World could be so much fun? Highly recommend for horror buffs and people that like The Evil Dead films. See this for Halloween…while the wife takes the kids out trick-or-treating!

Technical

The picture exhibits a bit of fine film grain, but the colors and contrasts are very good. Even the dark scenes exhibit great depth and detail. Sound was DD 5.1, but it sounded very good with lots of surround usage and some very serious bass for the sub. Dialog was always clear and well tacked to the big screen. I saw no artifacts or banding.

Extras

Audio commentary with writer/director Drew Goddard and writer/producer Joss Whedon, We Are Not Who We Are: Making the Cabin in the Woods, The Secret Secret Stash: Marty's Stash, Hi, My name is Jossand I'll be your guide, Wonder-Con Q&A, An Army of Nightmares: Make-Up & Animatronic Effects, Primal Terror: Visual Effects, It's Not What You Think: The Cabin In The Woods Bonus View Mode.