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Directed By: Drew Goddrad
Written By: Drew Goddrad, Josh Whedon
Starring: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anne Hucthinson
Waiting so long to see this one for a long, i was so happy that it actually turned out to not only be good but extremely innovative as well. Oddly enough it was more of a comedy that it was horror. Walking out of the theater with a whole different movie than i thought walking in, this movie is a great watch that will blow many a mind.
The beginnings is two guys making their way up to a super sophisticated communication room with monitors and all sorts of colorful knobs. Then it switches to 5 college students meeting up to go to a cabin in the woods his brother just bought. On their way up they make a stop at an old abandoned gas station with the always stereotypical; crazy, redneck, tobacco chewing, creepy mother fucker. He gives em a little monologue like the one the Ralph gives the unfortunate campers in Friday the 13th (1980). THen they are off to the camp. They enjoy a few days of marijuana induced, heavily drinking, and sex crazed partying they eventually stumble upon the cellar. Where there are many little trinkets and oddities that they play with. They stick with a journal that reads of horrible murders that happened there. They read a creepy latin phrase that brings a crazy family of rednecks back from the grave. They are soon attacked by these creatures, all while being under the sly eye and manipulation of this super company that is hell bent on killing these five in a specific manor.
So I could continue any of that without giving away the actual and extremely extravagant plot that the film really does have. The real plot and the twisting are so ridiculous and so much more than you (and I) wil expect after watching the loads of commercials about it. It was really fun to watch this secret unfold. That being said the pacing is very good in this film. It flows along nicely and reveals significant plot moments in an appropriate fashion. Alot of people (including me) will think that the gore factor was pretty slow and even at one point think :wow i guess this movie wont have much gore". But in one big HOLY SHIT moment the gore factor goes through the roof with gallons of gore, bodyparts, and extreme violence. Your bloodthirst will be quenched with this one and will be both laughing and screaming at the ridiculous shit your seeing. Along with unparralled gags it has an interesting tone and well done cinematography. But there is one thing i didnt like and another thing that some people will not like.
One thing that i certainly enjoyed was the large amount of humor in this film. For me there were many hilarious bits and it seemed with the other people sitting around me (not a single person, other than me, under at 26 years old) thought it was pretty hilarious. I personally enjoyed the humor because of how (mostly) clever and well thought out. But i know there are a lot of hard asses out there that wont like it. Just giving ou the information. Lastly what was bad was how terrible the actors acted. But isnt that true with all slasher movies? Well no, actually its imperative to the story of a good horror film to you have you somewhat identify with the characters and want the characters to live. But the acting in this was just so damn bad it took away from the film. Chris Hemsworths character as the conflicted jock was un-impressive and boring. Anna Hutchison was stiff and rather lame character. The only people i actually liked were the two dudes in the control room.
THis was a great and fun watch. I was surprised how much i truly enjoyed viewing it. With humor and knockout ending that blows my mind.
8.5 OUT OF 10