Malaysia release date: 19 April 2012
Rated: presumably 18
Genre: Thriller, horror
Running Time: 105 mins (original)
Director: Drew Goddard
Cast: Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford, Chris Hemsworth, Kristen Connolly
Synopsis: “A group of friends at a cabin retreat scratch the surface of something so massive and horrific that they can only begin to fathom it as time quickly runs out” (Nusantara Edaran Filem).
Verdict: Common viewers may probably say that this movie is stupid. The trailer does suggest that it seems like yet another typical slasher film involving a bunch of teens getting slaughtered during their vacation in the outskirts. Well it is, but also more than just that. Cabin in the Woods is an amusing horror comedy with a good concept and a purpose to poke fun at, or pay tribute to classic horror movies. It’s Evil Dead 2 (1987) meets Cube Zero (2004) with plenty of its own twists and flavours. Horror films may never be seen the same again after this one.
Second opinion: “Disturbing and creative” (Iris Loong).
Malaysian censorship: Quite a few dialogue lines and gory scenes chopped.
Rating: 4 / 5
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Hilarious intro: Just a bunch of white collar operators in a control room chatting about non-relevant things and the title of the film just pops out to the screen to scare the viewers.
Favourite scene: Definitely the fourth quarter of the movie where all the iconic horror film creatures, undeads, ghosts and demons are unleashed into action. There are even a killer clown and Pinhead-like man to pay tribute to Stephen King’s IT and Clive Barker’s Hellbound Heart (Hellraiser) respectively. Sigourney Weaver, who plays the protagonist in the Alien film franchise appears at the very end as well. It is an awesome moment for all horror fans.
Surviving the horror – Asian level: In the movie, the Japanese are the only ones who survived a whole ritual set-up without a single casualty.
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