Saturday, October 13, 2012

Some thoughts about "The Cabin in the Woods" (2012)

This isn't something that grinds my gears, but hey, it's a blog...

Major spoilers ahead, so if you haven't seen the movie and want to see it, don't read this.

Just saw the movie The Cabin in the Woods, and immediately after, I thought to myself: "This would have actually been a lot better if they had removed all the scenes of the control room up to the point when the stonehead discovers the camera hidden in the lamp. After that it could have been almost exactly as it was (perhaps with a few added control room scenes.) It would have been a great twist that so far the movie seems like a regular horror/slasher, which suddenly turns into something else entirely, that there's more going on than first met the eye."

That would indeed have been a great twist... but then I thought: Maybe it would have actually been too cliché of a twist? I mean, it would have been a subversion of the "traditional" horror/slasher, but in the end, perhaps it would have felt way too artificial of an attempt to subvert it. Perhaps, after all, showing the control room right from the beginning was possibly the better idea. No twist that feels forced and artificial...

I don't know. It would be interesting to compare public reactions to two versions of the movie.

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