Expectations for modern horror movies are pretty low, with too many of them being excuses for selling gore and gratuitous nudity, forgetting that a movie should have a strong plot. The Cabin in the Woods is not your typical modern horror flick. It has one of the best plots I have seen in a horror movie and an even better ending.
The Cabin in the Woods starts out like your every day horror movie (which in hindsight helped with contrast against the rest of the movie). Five friends, a nerd, a jock, a preppy girl, a stoner, and a good girl, go off to a cabin that belongs to a family member of one of the group for a vacation. The Cabin in the Woods is satire. While playing truth and dare, the group finds a basement cellar and they go in to explore. When one of the friends finds a girl’s old diary with demented stories in it and a bunch of words in Latin, the stoner, Marty (Fran Kranz), warns his friends not to read the Latin, poking fun at every horror movie that uses reading Latin as a way of awakening demons.
Thanks to the spooky Latin, the group is faced with a swarm of zombie foe. For once when you yell at the screen, “Just leave”, they can’t. They try to, but there is a force field around the area, not allowing anything to enter or leave, as we see when a bird crashes into the force field early on in the movie. The only way in or out is the tunnel they entered from, which is quickly taken care of by the team back at headquarters. The friends are forced to turn around and face the zombies with whatever strength and tools they can come across.
The last third is the best part — it will blow any viewer away. The most spoiling I’m going to do is this: Everything you don’t think is going to happen, happens. All hell literally breaks lose and I promise you, you will be on the edge of your seat.
The Cabin in the Woods has one of the best endings I have ever seen. Creepy, bizarre, and unexpected, it comes right out of left field and will leave you with an adrenaline rush. The Cabin in the Woods is one of the best horror movies, and movies in general, ever made.