History Film / TheCabinInTheWoods

14th Nov '17 4:41:30 PM KingClark
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* NeverTrustATrailer: [[spoiler:It's a DeconstructiveParody of horror films. It's advertised as a straight horror film.]] Ironically, this is one of the few films where it could be argued that this is ''exactly'' the mindset the viewer should have before watching the film.

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* NeverTrustATrailer: [[spoiler:It's It's a DeconstructiveParody of horror films. It's advertised as a straight horror film.]] Ironically, [[TopesAreTools Ironically]], this is one of the few films where it could be argued that this is ''exactly'' the mindset the viewer should have before watching the film.
31st Oct '17 12:21:39 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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-->'''Lin:''' Do we pipe it in, or do you want to do it orally?
-->'''Sitterson:''' Say that again, [[ArousedByTheirVoice only slower]].
-->'''Lin:''' You're a pig.

to:

-->'''Lin:''' --->'''Lin:''' Do we pipe it in, or do you want to do it orally?
-->'''Sitterson:'''
orally?\\
'''Sitterson:'''
Say that again, [[ArousedByTheirVoice only slower]].
-->'''Lin:'''
slower]].\\
'''Lin:'''
You're a pig.



** Nobody pays attention to Marty's warnings, because he's always smoking pot. [[spoiler: It's actually his pot - coupled with the Chem Department's failure to treat his current stash with intelligence-reducing drugs - that negates the effect of the chemicals the NebulousEvilOrganization is pumping in to alter their behavior, so that he's the only one able to notice that things aren't as they should be.]]
-->'''Marty:''' I've ''seen'' Curt drunk! Jules too!
-->'''Dana:''' Well, maybe it's something ''else''... ''*Glances at the joint Marty's holding*''

to:

** Nobody pays attention to Marty's warnings, because he's always smoking pot. [[spoiler: It's actually his pot - -- coupled with the Chem Department's failure to treat his current stash with intelligence-reducing drugs - -- that negates the effect of the chemicals the NebulousEvilOrganization is pumping in to alter their behavior, so that he's the only one able to notice that things aren't as they should be.]]
-->'''Marty:''' --->'''Marty:''' I've ''seen'' Curt drunk! Jules too!
-->'''Dana:'''
too!\\
'''Dana:'''
Well, maybe it's something ''else''... ''*Glances ''(glances at the joint Marty's holding*''holding)''



-->[[spoiler:'''Hadley''': It's so strange, I'm...rooting for this girl. She's got so much heart, when you think of all the pain...]]

to:

-->[[spoiler:'''Hadley''': --->[[spoiler:'''Hadley:''' It's so strange, I'm...rooting for this girl. She's got so much heart, when you think of all the pain...]]



-->'''Mordecai:''' "You sassin' me, boy?"
-->'''Marty:''' "You were rude to my friend."

to:

-->'''Mordecai:''' "You You sassin' me, boy?"
-->'''Marty:''' "You
boy?\\
'''Marty:''' You
were rude to my friend."



-->'''Whispering Voice:''' ''I'm gonna go for a walk...''
-->'''Marty:''' What are you saying? What do you want? You think I'm a puppet, huh? You think I'm going to do a little puppet dance? I'm the boss of my own brain so give it up! [[HypocriticalHumor I'm going to go for a walk]].

to:

-->'''Whispering Voice:''' ''I'm gonna go for a walk...''
-->'''Marty:'''
''\\
'''Marty:'''
What are you saying? What do you want? You think I'm a puppet, huh? You think I'm going to do a little puppet dance? I'm the boss of my own brain so give it up! [[HypocriticalHumor I'm going to go for a walk]].



-->'''''Curt:''' [[spoiler: "Let's get this party started!"]]''

to:

-->'''''Curt:''' [[spoiler: "Let's [[spoiler:Let's get this party started!"]]''started!]]''
29th Oct '17 5:26:32 AM jormis29
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* ReallyGetsAround: Subverted with Jules, who gets pushed into the role of "the whore" by the villains with drugs and pheromones. Apparently dyeing your hair blonde makes you a whore nowadays. And what's more, the only person she has sex with

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* ReallyGetsAround: Subverted with Jules, who gets pushed into the role of "the whore" by the villains with drugs and pheromones. Apparently dyeing your hair blonde makes you a whore nowadays. And what's more, the only person she has sex withwith in the film is her long term boyfriend.
%%* TheReveal: Several.
* RiseFromYourGrave: The undead Buckner family when Dana inadvertently summons them, and [[spoiler:the Ancient Ones at the end of the movie when a huge hand smashes through the eponymous cabin and comes down on the camera. SmashToBlack.]]
* RuleOfScary: critiqued by the film.
* ScaryScarecrows: one of the available monsters.
* SchmuckBait: The cellar isn't just this, it's ''filled'' with these.
* SealedEvilInACan: PlayedStraight, taken UpToEleven, then [[SubvertedTrope subverted]]. It's made clear early on that [[spoiler: the facility has a stockpile of NightmareFuel. Eventually, it is revealed that their stockpile is a well organized collection of ''every'' type of horror movie monster one can think of, including a few one would ''never'' have expected (e.g. unicorns, mermen, ''trees''[[note]]unless you've seen an ''Franchise/EvilDead'' film, of course[[/note]]). But it's then revealed that even this encyclopedia of terror is just a part of a [[AlwaysABiggerFish bigger can]] that holds back [[EldritchAbomination even bigger evils]].]]
* SeriesEstablishingMoment: For a while it plays out like a typical horror film except with a bunch weird scenes with two guys at some kind of workplace, [[spoiler:then the two guys get a call from the CreepyGasStationAttendant and start {{Corpsing}} at his corny way of speaking until he [[SophisticatedAsHell drops the accent and tells them to take him of speaker phone.]]]]
* ShapedLikeItself: "Streets, paved with actual street!"
* ShirtlessScene: Holden. Dana is impressed.
* ShoutOut: As a parody/satire/deconstruction of the horror genre itself, the movie has loads of these. Also see {{Expy}} above.
** The ''betting board''. There were a slew of them in that one scene.
** ''Series/{{Angel}}'': The symbol on the floor and the one on the controllers' talismans sure looks like the Circle of the Black Thorn...
** The entire controller's compound is reminiscent of The Initiative from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E21Primeval Which got wiped out when all the demons escaped from their cells]].
*** Not to mention that the whole facility (as well as what's happening to it) is ''very'' [[VideoGame/HalfLife Black Mesa-ish]].
** ''Film/TheEvilDead1981'': College friends, cabin in the woods, evil basement, ominous book with ancient chant, and evil molesting trees. "Deadites" also show up on the betting board. The cabin itself looks almost identical to the one from the movie.
*** The scene where the basement trapdoor swings open is ''nearly identical'' to the scene from the original ''Evil Dead''. Watch them back-to-back and the recreation is strikingly faithful.
*** Additionally, the exterior of the titular cabin in the woods looks exactly like the abandoned cabin from the first two ''Franchise/EvilDead'' films. WordOfGod says this was intentional. Rumor has it that the filmmakers actually painstakingly built it from scratch because they couldn't track down the original house.
** ''Franchise/{{Hellraiser}}'': The pale guy in black bondage gear, holding a puzzlebox, with sharp metal things embedded in his head. They even use the franchise's iconic music to show him and the other monsters.
** ''Film/{{Alien}}'': On a monitor during "The Carnage" you can see [[FeetFirstIntroduction the foot of a Xenomorph]] advance towards a cowering woman, the same way the shot happened in the first ''Alien'' film.
** ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'': A Boomer, a Hunter, a Tank and a Witch are seen among the various monsters. The production team even went so far as to use the in-game models in the film itself.
** The third act is full of shout outs to a bevy of horror films from recent years, among the more generic zombies and GiantSpiders are some doll-masked [[Film/TheStrangers strangers]], a torturer in a mask and leather apron straight from ''Film/{{Hostel}}'' and the scarecrows that tear apart [[spoiler: Truman]] are actually from the 80's B-movie [[Film/{{Scarecrows}} of the same name]], they even get taken out the same way.
** ''Film/{{Carrie|1976}}'': The very end, [[spoiler: with the hand coming out of the ground, might be a reference to the ending of ''Carrie''.]]
** The shifting square containment cells might be a shout out to ''Film/{{Cube}}''.
** On one of the television monitors, we can see a ''Film/KingKong'' expy lying on the ground dead.
** ''Film/TheRing'': The StringyHairedGhostGirl that attacks the Japanese class resembles Sadako.
** ''Film/TheShining'': The twin girls can be seen when all the containment cells are shown. Later a pair of elevator doors open to reveal a flood of blood.
** ''VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon'': A formerly heavily armed SWAT member crawls away from a CreepyChild.
** ''Film/TheStrangers'': some of the villains in the carnage are a group of silent, well-dressed men and women with white porcelain masks. They are later seen dousing some bound technicians with gasoline and lighting them offscreen.
** ''Film/FunnyGames'': The rather jarring title card at the beginning is the same effect (red block letters, sudden sound, quiet conversation leadup) in both films.
** ''VideoGame/SilentHill1'': [[spoiler: The Vampire Bat bursting through the plate glass window toward the end is pretty much exactly how the first fight in the first ''Silent Hill'' game begins.]]
** ''ComicBook/SinCity'': The unseen but unspeakably horrible [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_%28Sin_City%29 Kevin]].
*** Or maybe [[Film/WeNeedToTalkAboutKevin this Kevin]].
*** It could even be [[Film/HomeAlone this Kevin]][[note]]The Wet/Sticky Bandits could tell you that he may ''look'' sweet and innocent, but....[[/note]]
** Dana and Marty sitting next to each other for OneLastSmoke after accepting their death is straight from ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead''.
** The Scarecrows attacking Truman may have been a reference to [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E9TheFamilyOfBlood Doctor Who]].
** Jules' dance may strike some viewers as familiar. [[spoiler: It's from the original ''Film/TheWickerMan1973''.]]
** Given TheReveal, Truman's name is likely a reference to ''Film/TheTrumanShow''.
** The Doctors are highly reminiscent of the Splicers from ''VideoGame/BioShock''.
** The amplified female voice attempting to reason with Marty and Dana as they enter the laboratory ([[spoiler:(even if it's merely a distraction]]) recalls the final level of ''VideoGames/{{Portal}}''
** The first kill [[spoiler:in the facility]] goes to [[Film/TheCrawlingHand a crawling hand.]]
** [[Recap/TheXFilesS01E08Ice "We are not who we are."]]
** The original ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968'' famously involved someone getting dismembered with a trowel, by a zombie.
** And of course, the true antagonists: [[spoiler:H.P Lovecraft's Ancient Ones]].
** One of the locations on the monitors that show the other [[spoiler:failed]] rituals around the world is Stockholm: a helicopter flies over ruined buildings in a snowy terrain. It's either a nod to the final minutes of ''Film/TheThing2011'' or a direct reference to ''Film/TheThing1982''.
* SideBet: The scientists bet on what horror the protagonists will select.
* SinisterScrapingSound: Matthew Buckner drags his bear-trap-thingy along the wooden dock as he goes to finish off Dana.
* SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer: [[spoiler:Sigourney Weaver as the head of the Organization.]]
* SlashersPreferBlondes: Enforced as Jules dyes her hair blonde just before the trip. Ironically Anna Hutchison is a natural blonde, while Kristen Connolly dyed her hair red to play Dana.
* SmartPeopleKnowLatin: Played ''very'' deliberately. There is literally nothing to establish Holden as the Smart Guy except that [[NerdGlasses glasses suddenly appear on his face]] in the basement and and he suddenly remembers enough high school Latin to decipher the incantation. The only reason he's The Scholar is because the controllers decided he is.
* SoundTrackDissonance: The big office party with cheerful music playing while Dana gets savaged by a zombie in the background.
* SpannerInTheWorks: After being designated as The Fool, [[spoiler:Marty]] became this.
* SpecialPersonNormalName: Obviously Kevin. Also qualifies as TomTheDarkLord.
* SpoofAesop: In the commentary, it is mentioned that "Pot saves lives."
* SpookyPainting: The hunting scene portrayed in Holden's room is kinda.... visceral.
* TheStarsAreGoingOut: Marty steps out for a leak and is surprised he can't see any stars, even though they should be miles from any light pollution source, a possible hint the cabin is in an EldritchLocation. [[spoiler:Given what happens at the end of the movie, the apocalyptic version of this trope also applies.]]
* StingyJack: One of the many monsters locked away is a tall figure with a jack o'lantern for a head that breathes fire.
%%* TheStoner: Marty.
* StringyHairedGhostGirl: What a classroom of Japanese students are shown contending with.
* StupidityInducingAttack: [[spoiler: The scientists spiked Jules's hair dye with toxins to gradually decrease her intelligence.]]
* SubvertedTrope: All five of the main protagonists are immediately introduced doing something that completely undoes their perceived "role" in the movie, to the point of requiring the organization to heavily alter and manipulate them in order to have them play it straight. The only one who seems to play [[spoiler:his]] role straight is [[TheStoner Marty]], [[spoiler: who is later revealed to be TheHero]].
** To whit: [[spoiler: Dana (the Virgin) is introduced dancing around in a T-shirt and panties, and is quickly revealed to have just gotten out of a torrid (or at least highly unethical) affair with one of her professors, Jules (the Whore) chastises her for it and is revealed to be a pre-med student, Curtis (the Warrior) actually recommends to Dana a better book to read for a specific class to impress that professor and is later revealed to be a sociology major, Holden (the Scholar) is the more stereotypically jock-type, and Marty (the Fool), while indeed a stoner, is shown to be rather intelligent and very philosophical in his initial appearance (and could be a downright genius if he built the massive collapsing coffee-mug bong himself).]]
* TakingYouWithMe: The new Security officer for the organization detonates a grenade to blow himself up along with a pack of zombies. In a less (or more?) heroic version, [[spoiler: Marty and Dana elect to survive the organization's attempts to kill them, thus dooming themselves and ''everyone on Earth'' to die when the Ancient Ones awaken.]]
* TargetedHumanSacrifice: The sacrifices have to fit certain archetypes for the ritual to work.
* TaxidermyTerror: Beautifully played with. The cabin that the college kids go to has a mounted wolf's head on one of the walls, which creeps them out. In the evening, when they're playing "truth or dare", Jules has to make out with it on her dare. She does so, and then [[spoiler:nothing happens. It was never alive.]]
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Hadley and Sitterson.
* ThrowAwayGuns: After Dana stabs a zombie, Sitterson pulls a switch, and a charge of static electricity causes her to drop the knife.
* TooDumbToLive:
** EnforcedTrope; the organization pipes what amounts to stupefying gas into the areas where the sacrifices are if they show signs of making sensible decisions (like not splitting up, not investigating the weird noise, not hitting Mr. Terrifying Thing more than once to make him stop moving, not making sure they're actually dead afterward, etc.).
** The organization also has a BigRedButton, located in the lobby of all places, that releases all the monsters at once. There's a lot of debate as to why they would need this.
* TortureCellar: The Black Room.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: Played straight with [[spoiler:Marty's apparent "death"]]. The [[spoiler:double-bluff]] structure of the film averts this trope; the trailers spoil that there's science behind the magic, but not [[spoiler:the magic behind the science]].
** Some characters (be monsters or troops) in the last half are also shown in brief glimpses.
* TrappedInTVLand: Borderline example. It's implied that [[spoiler: the monsters that appear in the last third are inspired by movie monsters. . . or inspired movie monsters.]]
* {{Troperiffic}}: The entire point of the film.
* TrumanShowPlot: Albeit the thing staged is not a reality show, but a slasher movie.
* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters: "The Carnage"
* UnexplainedRecovery: [[spoiler: Marty is stabbed in the back and dragged off-screen by a monster. He shows up later, and except for being rather roughed up by the zombie, he is perfectly fine.]]
* UnusualEuphemism: "Husband bulge".
** A possible reference to Whedon show ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}'' in which Topher Brink, also played by Fran Kranz, is uncomfortable with the word "erection" and prefers the term "man reaction".
* VerticalKidnapping: When Holden is in the Black Room, he gets yanked up to the trapdoor by Matthew Buckner's bear-trap thingy.
** Lin is snatched up and hauled out of view by tentacles dangling from the ceiling.
* VirginSacrifice: The controllers regret that they can no longer just [[AppeaseTheVolcanoGod toss a girl into a volcano]] as a sacrifice, referencing this trope. They now have to go by stock horror film cliches, which ironically often leaves the virgin FinalGirl alive. There's also the problem of [[SubvertedTrope getting an actual virgin]]; they just work with what they can get.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler: The scientists controlling everything are doing so as part of a ritual that prevents the "Ancient Ones" from rising and destroying the world.]]
* WhiteMaskOfDoom: Briefly seen in the [[CreepyBasement basement]], then again on some of the participants in "The Carnage".
* WolverinePublicity: The cabin is referred to as "the old Buckner place" and they seem to have the greatest amount of history with the area as well as a portrait hanging in a bedroom. [[spoiler:That said, it was only blind luck that Dana triggered the Buckner zombies before any of the others could activate their objects.]]
* WouldHurtAChild: [[spoiler: Not even kids are exempt from these rituals as one scene shows that the staffers in Japan summon a wraith-like entity to kill a room full of Japanese grades-schoolers. Surprisingly, these nine-year-olds manage to defeat it with ThePowerOfFriendship, with zero fatalities. At least until the world ends.]] Sitterson drives this trope home with his line "How hard is it to kill nine-year-olds?"
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: Curt clotheslines one of the zombies.
* YouBastard: [[spoiler:The Ancient Ones are basically horror movie viewers. They watch people die in horrific, troperiffic ways, and, when their world does not go as they wanted it to, want to make it go away. And it's hard to not see the scientists/puppeteers as a metaphor for Hollywood's current horror output, repeating the same formula ad infinitum to appease its target audience's appetite for sex and gore as religiously as any ancient ritual. And you can see the two main scientists as a metaphor for a writer and a director, forced to keep putting out the same dross and lamenting their inability to try anything creative. 'I'll never see a merman,' indeed.]]
* YouthIsWastedOnTheDumb: According to the Director, all the victims have to be young and be punished for various transgressions.
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28th Oct '17 5:06:31 PM Tidal_Wave_17
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** Dana is cast by the Controllers as the FinalGirl and Jules as [[DeathBySex The Whore]]. At the beginning of the film, Dana has just gotten out of an affair with her professor while Jules is the TeamMom in a stable, loving relationship with her boyfriend.



* ReallyGetsAround: Subverted with Jules, who gets pushed into the role of "the whore" by the villains with drugs and pheromones. Apparently dyeing your hair blonde makes you a whore nowadays. And what's more, the only person she has sex with in the film is her long term boyfriend.
%%* TheReveal: Several.
* RiseFromYourGrave: The undead Buckner family when Dana inadvertently summons them, and [[spoiler:the Ancient Ones at the end of the movie when a huge hand smashes through the eponymous cabin and comes down on the camera. SmashToBlack.]]
* RuleOfScary: critiqued by the film.
* ScaryScarecrows: one of the available monsters.
* SchmuckBait: The cellar isn't just this, it's ''filled'' with these.
* SealedEvilInACan: PlayedStraight, taken UpToEleven, then [[SubvertedTrope subverted]]. It's made clear early on that [[spoiler: the facility has a stockpile of NightmareFuel. Eventually, it is revealed that their stockpile is a well organized collection of ''every'' type of horror movie monster one can think of, including a few one would ''never'' have expected (e.g. unicorns, mermen, ''trees''[[note]]unless you've seen an ''Franchise/EvilDead'' film, of course[[/note]]). But it's then revealed that even this encyclopedia of terror is just a part of a [[AlwaysABiggerFish bigger can]] that holds back [[EldritchAbomination even bigger evils]].]]
* SeriesEstablishingMoment: For a while it plays out like a typical horror film except with a bunch weird scenes with two guys at some kind of workplace, [[spoiler:then the two guys get a call from the CreepyGasStationAttendant and start {{Corpsing}} at his corny way of speaking until he [[SophisticatedAsHell drops the accent and tells them to take him of speaker phone.]]]]
* ShapedLikeItself: "Streets, paved with actual street!"
* ShirtlessScene: Holden. Dana is impressed.
* ShoutOut: As a parody/satire/deconstruction of the horror genre itself, the movie has loads of these. Also see {{Expy}} above.
** The ''betting board''. There were a slew of them in that one scene.
** ''Series/{{Angel}}'': The symbol on the floor and the one on the controllers' talismans sure looks like the Circle of the Black Thorn...
** The entire controller's compound is reminiscent of The Initiative from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E21Primeval Which got wiped out when all the demons escaped from their cells]].
*** Not to mention that the whole facility (as well as what's happening to it) is ''very'' [[VideoGame/HalfLife Black Mesa-ish]].
** ''Film/TheEvilDead1981'': College friends, cabin in the woods, evil basement, ominous book with ancient chant, and evil molesting trees. "Deadites" also show up on the betting board. The cabin itself looks almost identical to the one from the movie.
*** The scene where the basement trapdoor swings open is ''nearly identical'' to the scene from the original ''Evil Dead''. Watch them back-to-back and the recreation is strikingly faithful.
*** Additionally, the exterior of the titular cabin in the woods looks exactly like the abandoned cabin from the first two ''Franchise/EvilDead'' films. WordOfGod says this was intentional. Rumor has it that the filmmakers actually painstakingly built it from scratch because they couldn't track down the original house.
** ''Franchise/{{Hellraiser}}'': The pale guy in black bondage gear, holding a puzzlebox, with sharp metal things embedded in his head. They even use the franchise's iconic music to show him and the other monsters.
** ''Film/{{Alien}}'': On a monitor during "The Carnage" you can see [[FeetFirstIntroduction the foot of a Xenomorph]] advance towards a cowering woman, the same way the shot happened in the first ''Alien'' film.
** ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'': A Boomer, a Hunter, a Tank and a Witch are seen among the various monsters. The production team even went so far as to use the in-game models in the film itself.
** The third act is full of shout outs to a bevy of horror films from recent years, among the more generic zombies and GiantSpiders are some doll-masked [[Film/TheStrangers strangers]], a torturer in a mask and leather apron straight from ''Film/{{Hostel}}'' and the scarecrows that tear apart [[spoiler: Truman]] are actually from the 80's B-movie [[Film/{{Scarecrows}} of the same name]], they even get taken out the same way.
** ''Film/{{Carrie|1976}}'': The very end, [[spoiler: with the hand coming out of the ground, might be a reference to the ending of ''Carrie''.]]
** The shifting square containment cells might be a shout out to ''Film/{{Cube}}''.
** On one of the television monitors, we can see a ''Film/KingKong'' expy lying on the ground dead.
** ''Film/TheRing'': The StringyHairedGhostGirl that attacks the Japanese class resembles Sadako.
** ''Film/TheShining'': The twin girls can be seen when all the containment cells are shown. Later a pair of elevator doors open to reveal a flood of blood.
** ''VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon'': A formerly heavily armed SWAT member crawls away from a CreepyChild.
** ''Film/TheStrangers'': some of the villains in the carnage are a group of silent, well-dressed men and women with white porcelain masks. They are later seen dousing some bound technicians with gasoline and lighting them offscreen.
** ''Film/FunnyGames'': The rather jarring title card at the beginning is the same effect (red block letters, sudden sound, quiet conversation leadup) in both films.
** ''VideoGame/SilentHill1'': [[spoiler: The Vampire Bat bursting through the plate glass window toward the end is pretty much exactly how the first fight in the first ''Silent Hill'' game begins.]]
** ''ComicBook/SinCity'': The unseen but unspeakably horrible [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_%28Sin_City%29 Kevin]].
*** Or maybe [[Film/WeNeedToTalkAboutKevin this Kevin]].
*** It could even be [[Film/HomeAlone this Kevin]][[note]]The Wet/Sticky Bandits could tell you that he may ''look'' sweet and innocent, but....[[/note]]
** Dana and Marty sitting next to each other for OneLastSmoke after accepting their death is straight from ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead''.
** The Scarecrows attacking Truman may have been a reference to [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E9TheFamilyOfBlood Doctor Who]].
** Jules' dance may strike some viewers as familiar. [[spoiler: It's from the original ''Film/TheWickerMan1973''.]]
** Given TheReveal, Truman's name is likely a reference to ''Film/TheTrumanShow''.
** The Doctors are highly reminiscent of the Splicers from ''VideoGame/BioShock''.
** The amplified female voice attempting to reason with Marty and Dana as they enter the laboratory ([[spoiler:(even if it's merely a distraction]]) recalls the final level of ''VideoGames/{{Portal}}''
** The first kill [[spoiler:in the facility]] goes to [[Film/TheCrawlingHand a crawling hand.]]
** [[Recap/TheXFilesS01E08Ice "We are not who we are."]]
** The original ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968'' famously involved someone getting dismembered with a trowel, by a zombie.
** And of course, the true antagonists: [[spoiler:H.P Lovecraft's Ancient Ones]].
** One of the locations on the monitors that show the other [[spoiler:failed]] rituals around the world is Stockholm: a helicopter flies over ruined buildings in a snowy terrain. It's either a nod to the final minutes of ''Film/TheThing2011'' or a direct reference to ''Film/TheThing1982''.
* SideBet: The scientists bet on what horror the protagonists will select.
* SinisterScrapingSound: Matthew Buckner drags his bear-trap-thingy along the wooden dock as he goes to finish off Dana.
* SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer: [[spoiler:Sigourney Weaver as the head of the Organization.]]
* SlashersPreferBlondes: Enforced as Jules dyes her hair blonde just before the trip. Ironically Anna Hutchison is a natural blonde, while Kristen Connolly dyed her hair red to play Dana.
* SmartPeopleKnowLatin: Played ''very'' deliberately. There is literally nothing to establish Holden as the Smart Guy except that [[NerdGlasses glasses suddenly appear on his face]] in the basement and and he suddenly remembers enough high school Latin to decipher the incantation. The only reason he's The Scholar is because the controllers decided he is.
* SoundTrackDissonance: The big office party with cheerful music playing while Dana gets savaged by a zombie in the background.
* SpannerInTheWorks: After being designated as The Fool, [[spoiler:Marty]] became this.
* SpecialPersonNormalName: Obviously Kevin. Also qualifies as TomTheDarkLord.
* SpoofAesop: In the commentary, it is mentioned that "Pot saves lives."
* SpookyPainting: The hunting scene portrayed in Holden's room is kinda.... visceral.
* TheStarsAreGoingOut: Marty steps out for a leak and is surprised he can't see any stars, even though they should be miles from any light pollution source, a possible hint the cabin is in an EldritchLocation. [[spoiler:Given what happens at the end of the movie, the apocalyptic version of this trope also applies.]]
* StingyJack: One of the many monsters locked away is a tall figure with a jack o'lantern for a head that breathes fire.
%%* TheStoner: Marty.
* StringyHairedGhostGirl: What a classroom of Japanese students are shown contending with.
* StupidityInducingAttack: [[spoiler: The scientists spiked Jules's hair dye with toxins to gradually decrease her intelligence.]]
* SubvertedTrope: All five of the main protagonists are immediately introduced doing something that completely undoes their perceived "role" in the movie, to the point of requiring the organization to heavily alter and manipulate them in order to have them play it straight. The only one who seems to play [[spoiler:his]] role straight is [[TheStoner Marty]], [[spoiler: who is later revealed to be TheHero]].
** To whit: [[spoiler: Dana (the Virgin) is introduced dancing around in a T-shirt and panties, and is quickly revealed to have just gotten out of a torrid (or at least highly unethical) affair with one of her professors, Jules (the Whore) chastises her for it and is revealed to be a pre-med student, Curtis (the Warrior) actually recommends to Dana a better book to read for a specific class to impress that professor and is later revealed to be a sociology major, Holden (the Scholar) is the more stereotypically jock-type, and Marty (the Fool), while indeed a stoner, is shown to be rather intelligent and very philosophical in his initial appearance (and could be a downright genius if he built the massive collapsing coffee-mug bong himself).]]
* TakingYouWithMe: The new Security officer for the organization detonates a grenade to blow himself up along with a pack of zombies. In a less (or more?) heroic version, [[spoiler: Marty and Dana elect to survive the organization's attempts to kill them, thus dooming themselves and ''everyone on Earth'' to die when the Ancient Ones awaken.]]
* TargetedHumanSacrifice: The sacrifices have to fit certain archetypes for the ritual to work.
* TaxidermyTerror: Beautifully played with. The cabin that the college kids go to has a mounted wolf's head on one of the walls, which creeps them out. In the evening, when they're playing "truth or dare", Jules has to make out with it on her dare. She does so, and then [[spoiler:nothing happens. It was never alive.]]
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Hadley and Sitterson.
* ThrowAwayGuns: After Dana stabs a zombie, Sitterson pulls a switch, and a charge of static electricity causes her to drop the knife.
* TooDumbToLive:
** EnforcedTrope; the organization pipes what amounts to stupefying gas into the areas where the sacrifices are if they show signs of making sensible decisions (like not splitting up, not investigating the weird noise, not hitting Mr. Terrifying Thing more than once to make him stop moving, not making sure they're actually dead afterward, etc.).
** The organization also has a BigRedButton, located in the lobby of all places, that releases all the monsters at once. There's a lot of debate as to why they would need this.
* TortureCellar: The Black Room.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: Played straight with [[spoiler:Marty's apparent "death"]]. The [[spoiler:double-bluff]] structure of the film averts this trope; the trailers spoil that there's science behind the magic, but not [[spoiler:the magic behind the science]].
** Some characters (be monsters or troops) in the last half are also shown in brief glimpses.
* TrappedInTVLand: Borderline example. It's implied that [[spoiler: the monsters that appear in the last third are inspired by movie monsters. . . or inspired movie monsters.]]
* {{Troperiffic}}: The entire point of the film.
* TrumanShowPlot: Albeit the thing staged is not a reality show, but a slasher movie.
* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters: "The Carnage"
* UnexplainedRecovery: [[spoiler: Marty is stabbed in the back and dragged off-screen by a monster. He shows up later, and except for being rather roughed up by the zombie, he is perfectly fine.]]
* UnusualEuphemism: "Husband bulge".
** A possible reference to Whedon show ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}'' in which Topher Brink, also played by Fran Kranz, is uncomfortable with the word "erection" and prefers the term "man reaction".
* VerticalKidnapping: When Holden is in the Black Room, he gets yanked up to the trapdoor by Matthew Buckner's bear-trap thingy.
** Lin is snatched up and hauled out of view by tentacles dangling from the ceiling.
* VirginSacrifice: The controllers regret that they can no longer just [[AppeaseTheVolcanoGod toss a girl into a volcano]] as a sacrifice, referencing this trope. They now have to go by stock horror film cliches, which ironically often leaves the virgin FinalGirl alive. There's also the problem of [[SubvertedTrope getting an actual virgin]]; they just work with what they can get.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler: The scientists controlling everything are doing so as part of a ritual that prevents the "Ancient Ones" from rising and destroying the world.]]
* WhiteMaskOfDoom: Briefly seen in the [[CreepyBasement basement]], then again on some of the participants in "The Carnage".
* WolverinePublicity: The cabin is referred to as "the old Buckner place" and they seem to have the greatest amount of history with the area as well as a portrait hanging in a bedroom. [[spoiler:That said, it was only blind luck that Dana triggered the Buckner zombies before any of the others could activate their objects.]]
* WouldHurtAChild: [[spoiler: Not even kids are exempt from these rituals as one scene shows that the staffers in Japan summon a wraith-like entity to kill a room full of Japanese grades-schoolers. Surprisingly, these nine-year-olds manage to defeat it with ThePowerOfFriendship, with zero fatalities. At least until the world ends.]] Sitterson drives this trope home with his line "How hard is it to kill nine-year-olds?"
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: Curt clotheslines one of the zombies.
* YouBastard: [[spoiler:The Ancient Ones are basically horror movie viewers. They watch people die in horrific, troperiffic ways, and, when their world does not go as they wanted it to, want to make it go away. And it's hard to not see the scientists/puppeteers as a metaphor for Hollywood's current horror output, repeating the same formula ad infinitum to appease its target audience's appetite for sex and gore as religiously as any ancient ritual. And you can see the two main scientists as a metaphor for a writer and a director, forced to keep putting out the same dross and lamenting their inability to try anything creative. 'I'll never see a merman,' indeed.]]
* YouthIsWastedOnTheDumb: According to the Director, all the victims have to be young and be punished for various transgressions.
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* ReallyGetsAround: Subverted with Jules, who gets pushed into the role of "the whore" by the villains with drugs and pheromones. Apparently dyeing your hair blonde makes you a whore nowadays. And what's more, the only person she has sex with in the film is her long term boyfriend.
%%* TheReveal: Several.
* RiseFromYourGrave: The undead Buckner family when Dana inadvertently summons them, and [[spoiler:the Ancient Ones at the end of the movie when a huge hand smashes through the eponymous cabin and comes down on the camera. SmashToBlack.]]
* RuleOfScary: critiqued by the film.
* ScaryScarecrows: one of the available monsters.
* SchmuckBait: The cellar isn't just this, it's ''filled'' with these.
* SealedEvilInACan: PlayedStraight, taken UpToEleven, then [[SubvertedTrope subverted]]. It's made clear early on that [[spoiler: the facility has a stockpile of NightmareFuel. Eventually, it is revealed that their stockpile is a well organized collection of ''every'' type of horror movie monster one can think of, including a few one would ''never'' have expected (e.g. unicorns, mermen, ''trees''[[note]]unless you've seen an ''Franchise/EvilDead'' film, of course[[/note]]). But it's then revealed that even this encyclopedia of terror is just a part of a [[AlwaysABiggerFish bigger can]] that holds back [[EldritchAbomination even bigger evils]].]]
* SeriesEstablishingMoment: For a while it plays out like a typical horror film except with a bunch weird scenes with two guys at some kind of workplace, [[spoiler:then the two guys get a call from the CreepyGasStationAttendant and start {{Corpsing}} at his corny way of speaking until he [[SophisticatedAsHell drops the accent and tells them to take him of speaker phone.]]]]
* ShapedLikeItself: "Streets, paved with actual street!"
* ShirtlessScene: Holden. Dana is impressed.
* ShoutOut: As a parody/satire/deconstruction of the horror genre itself, the movie has loads of these. Also see {{Expy}} above.
** The ''betting board''. There were a slew of them in that one scene.
** ''Series/{{Angel}}'': The symbol on the floor and the one on the controllers' talismans sure looks like the Circle of the Black Thorn...
** The entire controller's compound is reminiscent of The Initiative from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E21Primeval Which got wiped out when all the demons escaped from their cells]].
*** Not to mention that the whole facility (as well as what's happening to it) is ''very'' [[VideoGame/HalfLife Black Mesa-ish]].
** ''Film/TheEvilDead1981'': College friends, cabin in the woods, evil basement, ominous book with ancient chant, and evil molesting trees. "Deadites" also show up on the betting board. The cabin itself looks almost identical to the one from the movie.
*** The scene where the basement trapdoor swings open is ''nearly identical'' to the scene from the original ''Evil Dead''. Watch them back-to-back and the recreation is strikingly faithful.
*** Additionally, the exterior of the titular cabin in the woods looks exactly like the abandoned cabin from the first two ''Franchise/EvilDead'' films. WordOfGod says this was intentional. Rumor has it that the filmmakers actually painstakingly built it from scratch because they couldn't track down the original house.
** ''Franchise/{{Hellraiser}}'': The pale guy in black bondage gear, holding a puzzlebox, with sharp metal things embedded in his head. They even use the franchise's iconic music to show him and the other monsters.
** ''Film/{{Alien}}'': On a monitor during "The Carnage" you can see [[FeetFirstIntroduction the foot of a Xenomorph]] advance towards a cowering woman, the same way the shot happened in the first ''Alien'' film.
** ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'': A Boomer, a Hunter, a Tank and a Witch are seen among the various monsters. The production team even went so far as to use the in-game models in the film itself.
** The third act is full of shout outs to a bevy of horror films from recent years, among the more generic zombies and GiantSpiders are some doll-masked [[Film/TheStrangers strangers]], a torturer in a mask and leather apron straight from ''Film/{{Hostel}}'' and the scarecrows that tear apart [[spoiler: Truman]] are actually from the 80's B-movie [[Film/{{Scarecrows}} of the same name]], they even get taken out the same way.
** ''Film/{{Carrie|1976}}'': The very end, [[spoiler: with the hand coming out of the ground, might be a reference to the ending of ''Carrie''.]]
** The shifting square containment cells might be a shout out to ''Film/{{Cube}}''.
** On one of the television monitors, we can see a ''Film/KingKong'' expy lying on the ground dead.
** ''Film/TheRing'': The StringyHairedGhostGirl that attacks the Japanese class resembles Sadako.
** ''Film/TheShining'': The twin girls can be seen when all the containment cells are shown. Later a pair of elevator doors open to reveal a flood of blood.
** ''VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon'': A formerly heavily armed SWAT member crawls away from a CreepyChild.
** ''Film/TheStrangers'': some of the villains in the carnage are a group of silent, well-dressed men and women with white porcelain masks. They are later seen dousing some bound technicians with gasoline and lighting them offscreen.
** ''Film/FunnyGames'': The rather jarring title card at the beginning is the same effect (red block letters, sudden sound, quiet conversation leadup) in both films.
** ''VideoGame/SilentHill1'': [[spoiler: The Vampire Bat bursting through the plate glass window toward the end is pretty much exactly how the first fight in the first ''Silent Hill'' game begins.]]
** ''ComicBook/SinCity'': The unseen but unspeakably horrible [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_%28Sin_City%29 Kevin]].
*** Or maybe [[Film/WeNeedToTalkAboutKevin this Kevin]].
*** It could even be [[Film/HomeAlone this Kevin]][[note]]The Wet/Sticky Bandits could tell you that he may ''look'' sweet and innocent, but....[[/note]]
** Dana and Marty sitting next to each other for OneLastSmoke after accepting their death is straight from ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead''.
** The Scarecrows attacking Truman may have been a reference to [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E9TheFamilyOfBlood Doctor Who]].
** Jules' dance may strike some viewers as familiar. [[spoiler: It's from the original ''Film/TheWickerMan1973''.]]
** Given TheReveal, Truman's name is likely a reference to ''Film/TheTrumanShow''.
** The Doctors are highly reminiscent of the Splicers from ''VideoGame/BioShock''.
** The amplified female voice attempting to reason with Marty and Dana as they enter the laboratory ([[spoiler:(even if it's merely a distraction]]) recalls the final level of ''VideoGames/{{Portal}}''
** The first kill [[spoiler:in the facility]] goes to [[Film/TheCrawlingHand a crawling hand.]]
** [[Recap/TheXFilesS01E08Ice "We are not who we are."]]
** The original ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968'' famously involved someone getting dismembered with a trowel, by a zombie.
** And of course, the true antagonists: [[spoiler:H.P Lovecraft's Ancient Ones]].
** One of the locations on the monitors that show the other [[spoiler:failed]] rituals around the world is Stockholm: a helicopter flies over ruined buildings in a snowy terrain. It's either a nod to the final minutes of ''Film/TheThing2011'' or a direct reference to ''Film/TheThing1982''.
* SideBet: The scientists bet on what horror the protagonists will select.
* SinisterScrapingSound: Matthew Buckner drags his bear-trap-thingy along the wooden dock as he goes to finish off Dana.
* SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer: [[spoiler:Sigourney Weaver as the head of the Organization.]]
* SlashersPreferBlondes: Enforced as Jules dyes her hair blonde just before the trip. Ironically Anna Hutchison is a natural blonde, while Kristen Connolly dyed her hair red to play Dana.
* SmartPeopleKnowLatin: Played ''very'' deliberately. There is literally nothing to establish Holden as the Smart Guy except that [[NerdGlasses glasses suddenly appear on his face]] in the basement and and he suddenly remembers enough high school Latin to decipher the incantation. The only reason he's The Scholar is because the controllers decided he is.
* SoundTrackDissonance: The big office party with cheerful music playing while Dana gets savaged by a zombie in the background.
* SpannerInTheWorks: After being designated as The Fool, [[spoiler:Marty]] became this.
* SpecialPersonNormalName: Obviously Kevin. Also qualifies as TomTheDarkLord.
* SpoofAesop: In the commentary, it is mentioned that "Pot saves lives."
* SpookyPainting: The hunting scene portrayed in Holden's room is kinda.... visceral.
* TheStarsAreGoingOut: Marty steps out for a leak and is surprised he can't see any stars, even though they should be miles from any light pollution source, a possible hint the cabin is in an EldritchLocation. [[spoiler:Given what happens at the end of the movie, the apocalyptic version of this trope also applies.]]
* StingyJack: One of the many monsters locked away is a tall figure with a jack o'lantern for a head that breathes fire.
%%* TheStoner: Marty.
* StringyHairedGhostGirl: What a classroom of Japanese students are shown contending with.
* StupidityInducingAttack: [[spoiler: The scientists spiked Jules's hair dye with toxins to gradually decrease her intelligence.]]
* SubvertedTrope: All five of the main protagonists are immediately introduced doing something that completely undoes their perceived "role" in the movie, to the point of requiring the organization to heavily alter and manipulate them in order to have them play it straight. The only one who seems to play [[spoiler:his]] role straight is [[TheStoner Marty]], [[spoiler: who is later revealed to be TheHero]].
** To whit: [[spoiler: Dana (the Virgin) is introduced dancing around in a T-shirt and panties, and is quickly revealed to have just gotten out of a torrid (or at least highly unethical) affair with one of her professors, Jules (the Whore) chastises her for it and is revealed to be a pre-med student, Curtis (the Warrior) actually recommends to Dana a better book to read for a specific class to impress that professor and is later revealed to be a sociology major, Holden (the Scholar) is the more stereotypically jock-type, and Marty (the Fool), while indeed a stoner, is shown to be rather intelligent and very philosophical in his initial appearance (and could be a downright genius if he built the massive collapsing coffee-mug bong himself).]]
* TakingYouWithMe: The new Security officer for the organization detonates a grenade to blow himself up along with a pack of zombies. In a less (or more?) heroic version, [[spoiler: Marty and Dana elect to survive the organization's attempts to kill them, thus dooming themselves and ''everyone on Earth'' to die when the Ancient Ones awaken.]]
* TargetedHumanSacrifice: The sacrifices have to fit certain archetypes for the ritual to work.
* TaxidermyTerror: Beautifully played with. The cabin that the college kids go to has a mounted wolf's head on one of the walls, which creeps them out. In the evening, when they're playing "truth or dare", Jules has to make out with it on her dare. She does so, and then [[spoiler:nothing happens. It was never alive.]]
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Hadley and Sitterson.
* ThrowAwayGuns: After Dana stabs a zombie, Sitterson pulls a switch, and a charge of static electricity causes her to drop the knife.
* TooDumbToLive:
** EnforcedTrope; the organization pipes what amounts to stupefying gas into the areas where the sacrifices are if they show signs of making sensible decisions (like not splitting up, not investigating the weird noise, not hitting Mr. Terrifying Thing more than once to make him stop moving, not making sure they're actually dead afterward, etc.).
** The organization also has a BigRedButton, located in the lobby of all places, that releases all the monsters at once. There's a lot of debate as to why they would need this.
* TortureCellar: The Black Room.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: Played straight with [[spoiler:Marty's apparent "death"]]. The [[spoiler:double-bluff]] structure of the film averts this trope; the trailers spoil that there's science behind the magic, but not [[spoiler:the magic behind the science]].
** Some characters (be monsters or troops) in the last half are also shown in brief glimpses.
* TrappedInTVLand: Borderline example. It's implied that [[spoiler: the monsters that appear in the last third are inspired by movie monsters. . . or inspired movie monsters.]]
* {{Troperiffic}}: The entire point of the film.
* TrumanShowPlot: Albeit the thing staged is not a reality show, but a slasher movie.
* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters: "The Carnage"
* UnexplainedRecovery: [[spoiler: Marty is stabbed in the back and dragged off-screen by a monster. He shows up later, and except for being rather roughed up by the zombie, he is perfectly fine.]]
* UnusualEuphemism: "Husband bulge".
** A possible reference to Whedon show ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}'' in which Topher Brink, also played by Fran Kranz, is uncomfortable with the word "erection" and prefers the term "man reaction".
* VerticalKidnapping: When Holden is in the Black Room, he gets yanked up to the trapdoor by Matthew Buckner's bear-trap thingy.
** Lin is snatched up and hauled out of view by tentacles dangling from the ceiling.
* VirginSacrifice: The controllers regret that they can no longer just [[AppeaseTheVolcanoGod toss a girl into a volcano]] as a sacrifice, referencing this trope. They now have to go by stock horror film cliches, which ironically often leaves the virgin FinalGirl alive. There's also the problem of [[SubvertedTrope getting an actual virgin]]; they just work with what they can get.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler: The scientists controlling everything are doing so as part of a ritual that prevents the "Ancient Ones" from rising and destroying the world.]]
* WhiteMaskOfDoom: Briefly seen in the [[CreepyBasement basement]], then again on some of the participants in "The Carnage".
* WolverinePublicity: The cabin is referred to as "the old Buckner place" and they seem to have the greatest amount of history with the area as well as a portrait hanging in a bedroom. [[spoiler:That said, it was only blind luck that Dana triggered the Buckner zombies before any of the others could activate their objects.]]
* WouldHurtAChild: [[spoiler: Not even kids are exempt from these rituals as one scene shows that the staffers in Japan summon a wraith-like entity to kill a room full of Japanese grades-schoolers. Surprisingly, these nine-year-olds manage to defeat it with ThePowerOfFriendship, with zero fatalities. At least until the world ends.]] Sitterson drives this trope home with his line "How hard is it to kill nine-year-olds?"
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: Curt clotheslines one of the zombies.
* YouBastard: [[spoiler:The Ancient Ones are basically horror movie viewers. They watch people die in horrific, troperiffic ways, and, when their world does not go as they wanted it to, want to make it go away. And it's hard to not see the scientists/puppeteers as a metaphor for Hollywood's current horror output, repeating the same formula ad infinitum to appease its target audience's appetite for sex and gore as religiously as any ancient ritual. And you can see the two main scientists as a metaphor for a writer and a director, forced to keep putting out the same dross and lamenting their inability to try anything creative. 'I'll never see a merman,' indeed.]]
* YouthIsWastedOnTheDumb: According to the Director, all the victims have to be young and be punished for various transgressions.
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28th Oct '17 12:35:42 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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* LetsSplitUpGang: [[spoiler: When the zombies are attacking everyone in the cabin, Curt says they shouldn't split up under any circumstances. The controllers then release a stupidity-inducing gas into the room, causing him to turn around and say they should all split up and go into their own rooms]]. Marty's response to all of this is a confused "''Really?''"

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* LetsSplitUpGang: [[spoiler: When [[spoiler:When the zombies are attacking everyone in the cabin, Curt says they shouldn't split up under any circumstances. The controllers then release a stupidity-inducing gas into the room, causing him to turn around and say they should all split up as they can cover more ground that way, to which Holden and go into their own rooms]]. Dana immediately agree.]] Marty's response to all of this is a confused "''Really?''"
3rd Oct '17 1:49:54 PM StardustSoldier
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* {{Irony}}: Of the dramatic variety. [[spoiler: We are conditioned to think of the people as sacrifices because they are referred to as such. But in actuality, they are the heroes and heroines of their respective stories. The irony, then, is that the world is ended by ancient horrors because this time around Humanity managed to score a win against the forces of darkness. Is anyone aware of another example where winning every battle costs you the war?]]

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* {{Irony}}: Of the dramatic variety. [[spoiler: We are conditioned to think of the people as sacrifices because they are referred to as such. But in actuality, they are the heroes and heroines of their respective stories. The irony, then, is that the world is ended by ancient horrors because this time around Humanity humanity managed to score a win against the forces of darkness. Is anyone aware of another example where winning every battle costs you the war?]]
25th Sep '17 3:07:13 PM WildeOscar
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* GunsAreWorthless: The security people in the complex have guns, but it doesn't do them much good. [[spoiler: It does fend off the werewolf, but the bullets clearly aren't silver, so it seems more like the werewolf is just inconvenienced enough to look for an easier target instead.]]

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* GunsAreWorthless: The security people in the complex have guns, but it doesn't do them much good. [[spoiler: It does fend off the werewolf, but the bullets clearly aren't silver, so it seems more like the werewolf is just inconvenienced enough to look for an easier target instead. Also, the killer clown gets shot at point blank range a few times. It doesn't even slow him down.]]
17th Sep '17 4:42:11 PM MattP5557
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* SeriesEstablishingMoment: For a while it plays out like a typical horror film except with a bunch weird scenes with two guys at some kind of workplace, [[spoiler:then the two guys get a call from the CreepyGasStationAttendant and start {{Corpsing}} at his corny way of speaking until he [[SophisticatedAsHell drops the accent and tells them to take him of speaker phone.]]]]
5th Sep '17 10:55:44 AM Peteman
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* EvilOnlyHasToWinOnce: [[spoiler: [[ZigzaggingTrope Zig-zagged hard.]] There are sites all around the world to provide sacrifices, and every year at least one has to succeed. But if the Ancient Ones aren't placated properly just once, that's all she wrote. So good (in the form of NecessaryEvil) only has to win once each year, but they only have to lose completely once to doom the world.]]

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* EvilOnlyHasToWinOnce: [[spoiler: [[ZigzaggingTrope Zig-zagged hard.Zig-zagged.]] There are sites all around the world to provide sacrifices, and every year at least one has to succeed. But if the Ancient Ones aren't placated properly just once, that's all she wrote. So good (in the form of NecessaryEvil) only has to win once each year, but they only have to lose completely once to doom the world.]]
25th Aug '17 2:51:59 AM Hjortron18
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''The Cabin in the Woods'' is a 2012 horror movie that sets itself apart from ''other'' horror movies by virtue of its co-writers[[note]]Creator/JossWhedon and Drew Goddard (''{{Film/Cloverfield}}''), who also directed this film[[/note]] and by deconstructing both the "cabin in the woods" setting and the {{horror}} genre. The film stars ChrisHemsworth, Fran Kranz, Kristen Connolly, [[PowerRangersJungleFury Anna]] [[{{Underbelly}} Hutchison]], Jesse Williams, Creator/AmyAcker, Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford. There's also a [[Literature/TheCabinInTheWoods book adaptation]]. In 2013, Ride/UniversalStudios Orlando's ''Theatre/HalloweenHorrorNights'' event featured a haunted attraction based on the film.

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''The Cabin in the Woods'' is a 2012 horror movie that sets itself apart from ''other'' horror movies by virtue of its co-writers[[note]]Creator/JossWhedon and Drew Goddard (''{{Film/Cloverfield}}''), who also directed this film[[/note]] and by deconstructing both the "cabin in the woods" setting and the {{horror}} genre. The film stars ChrisHemsworth, Creator/ChrisHemsworth, Fran Kranz, Kristen Connolly, [[PowerRangersJungleFury Anna]] [[{{Underbelly}} Hutchison]], Jesse Williams, Creator/AmyAcker, Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford. There's also a [[Literature/TheCabinInTheWoods book adaptation]]. In 2013, Ride/UniversalStudios Orlando's ''Theatre/HalloweenHorrorNights'' event featured a haunted attraction based on the film.
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