History Film / TheCabinInTheWoods

14th Feb '18 9:54:07 AM Piterpicher
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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 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. A more permanent attraction based on the film is planned...in South Korea, as part of the Jeju Shinhwa World resort's upcoming Creator/{{Lionsgate}} Movie World theme park opening in 2019.

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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 Creator/ChrisHemsworth, Fran Kranz, Kristen Connolly, [[PowerRangersJungleFury [[Series/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. A more permanent attraction based on the film is planned...in South Korea, as part of the Jeju Shinhwa World resort's upcoming Creator/{{Lionsgate}} Movie World theme park opening in 2019.






8th Feb '18 9:09:08 PM PaulA
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* HotScientist: Amy Acker's character.
7th Feb '18 4:50:45 AM MikaHaeli8
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** The characters [[spoiler:not fitting into the archetypes the Facility has decided they should be might also serve as a metaphor for bad casting, or the bad acting that tends to come with horror.]]
11th Jan '18 2:24:18 PM tenuousbreaker
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* BloodyHilarious: One of the most popular scenes in the movie involves [[spoiler: Marty and Dana pushing a big red button that leads to monsters coming out of elevators to slaughter armed guards in a super violent, yet absurd fashion]].

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* BloodyHilarious: One of the most popular scenes in the movie involves [[spoiler: Marty and Dana pushing a big red button that leads to monsters coming out of elevators (complete with a ding! sound!) to slaughter armed guards in a super violent, yet absurd fashion]].
11th Jan '18 2:20:50 PM tenuousbreaker
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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 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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''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 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. \n A more permanent attraction based on the film is planned...in South Korea, as part of the Jeju Shinhwa World resort's upcoming Creator/{{Lionsgate}} Movie World theme park opening in 2019.



Speaking of spoilers, discussing tropes found within this work '''will spoil damn near the entire film.''' To put this in perspective, the DVD box blurb only describes the plot to the extent of "bad things happening" when the five teenagers go to the cabin, ''and nothing else''.

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Speaking of spoilers, discussing tropes found within this work '''will spoil damn near the entire film.''' To put this in perspective, the DVD box blurb only describes the plot to the extent of "bad things happening" when the five teenagers college kids go to the cabin, ''and nothing else''.



* AlmostKiss: Well Holden and Dana do kiss, but as they're going in for a second go Marty walks past and [[SomethingElseAlsoRises notes his "husband bulge"]].

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* AlmostKiss: Well Well, Holden and Dana do kiss, but as they're going in for a second go Marty walks past and [[SomethingElseAlsoRises notes his "husband bulge"]].



%%* BlackComedy: Boy howdy.
%%* BloodyHilarious

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%%* * BlackComedy: Boy howdy.
%%* BloodyHilarious
howdy. A huge amount of the humor is based on the characters making jokes about the increasingly escalating horrific situations in surprisingly casual ways, ''especially'' the Faculty members. [[spoiler: Not even the end of the world can stop Marty from making a wisecrack about the giant evil gods that are about to destroy the world at the end.]]
* BloodyHilarious: One of the most popular scenes in the movie involves [[spoiler: Marty and Dana pushing a big red button that leads to monsters coming out of elevators to slaughter armed guards in a super violent, yet absurd fashion]].



* CosmicHorrorStory: [[spoiler:Turns out to be one of these instead of your standard slasher flic. Possibly on a much grander scale since Marty doesn't see stars in the sky.]]

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* CosmicHorrorStory: [[spoiler:Turns out to be one of these instead of your standard slasher flic.flick. Possibly on a much grander scale since Marty doesn't see stars in the sky.]]



* CuriosityKilledTheCast: [[spoiler:The controllers' job is to lead them to the cellar [[ClosedCircle (and keep them contained in the staging site)]]. But once the cellar is open, its various artifacts exposed to the group's curiosity, the controllers can't do anything. It's up to the teens themselves to actually pick one. Of course, they ''all'' find something that interests them personally, and it was just a matter of who would activate their artifact first.]]

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* CuriosityKilledTheCast: [[spoiler:The controllers' job is to lead them to the cellar [[ClosedCircle (and keep them contained in the staging site)]]. But once the cellar is open, its various artifacts exposed to the group's curiosity, the controllers can't do anything. It's up to the teens sacrifices themselves to actually pick one. Of course, they ''all'' find something that interests them personally, and it was just a matter of who would activate their artifact first.]]



* {{Ensembles}}: While the five teens are not [[FiveTokenBand ethnic]] or [[FiveManBand team-like]] enough for other tropes, they are made to fit five archetypes: [[TokenWholesome The Virgin]], [[PluckyComicRelief The Fool]], [[JerkJock The Athlete]], [[MsFanservice The Whore]] and [[TheSmartGuy The Scholar]].

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* {{Ensembles}}: While the five teens sacrifices are not [[FiveTokenBand ethnic]] or [[FiveManBand team-like]] enough for other tropes, they are made to fit five archetypes: [[TokenWholesome The Virgin]], [[PluckyComicRelief The Fool]], [[JerkJock The Athlete]], [[MsFanservice The Whore]] and [[TheSmartGuy The Scholar]].



** Also the entire reason for the plot. The [[spoiler: staffers are willing to engineer the horrible deaths of random teens once a year because the alternative is giant evil gods destroying the world.]]
* {{Gorn}}: And loads of it.

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** Also the entire reason for the plot. The [[spoiler: staffers in the Cabin Facility and others internationally are willing to engineer the horrible deaths of random teens people once a year year, regardless of age or background, because the alternative is giant evil gods destroying the world.]]
* {{Gorn}}: And loads of it.it, most of it relegated to the second half of the movie.



* HeWhoFightsMonsters: The controllers are just doing what they feel is [[NecessarilyEvil necessary]], but some of them clearly enjoy murdering teenagers a little too much...

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* HeWhoFightsMonsters: The controllers are just doing what they feel is [[NecessarilyEvil necessary]], but some of them clearly enjoy murdering teenagers the victims a little too much...



* JerkJock: Subverted by Curtis, who is pushed into this role via pheromone manipulation. Up to that point, he was shown to be a LovableJock, and an intelligent sociology major on a full scholarship who never acts like an alpha male douchebag.

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* JerkJock: Subverted by Curtis, Curt, who is pushed into this role via pheromone manipulation. Up to that point, he was shown to be a LovableJock, LovableJock and an intelligent sociology major on a full scholarship who never acts like an alpha male douchebag.



** When Truman objects to [[spoiler:manipulating the teens to have sex in the woods, just so the cameras can capture Jules' nudity, the controllers respond with "[[FanService Gotta keep the customers satisfied]]."]]

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** When Truman objects to [[spoiler:manipulating the teens Curt and Jules to have sex in the woods, just so the cameras can capture Jules' nudity, the controllers respond with "[[FanService Gotta keep the customers satisfied]]."]]



* MadeOfIron: Dana. The motor home she was in crashes into a lake. Then she gets stabbed, clawed and otherwise beat up by Matthew Buckner, and mauled by a werewolf. She's still together enough to philosophise with Marty at the end.
** She was probably chosen with this in mind since she's supposed to be the FinalGirl.
** FridgeBrilliance: And/or they were drugging her to make her more resilient, as they drugged the others to make them stupider/smarter.

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* MadeOfIron: Dana. The motor home she was in crashes into a lake. Then she gets stabbed, clawed and otherwise beat up by Matthew Buckner, and mauled by a werewolf. She's still together enough to philosophise philosophize with Marty at the end.
** She was probably chosen with this in mind since she's supposed to be the FinalGirl.
** FridgeBrilliance: And/or they were drugging her to make her more resilient, as they drugged the others to make them stupider/smarter.
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* NeverTrustATrailer: It's a DeconstructiveParody of horror films. It's advertised as a straight horror film. [[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.

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* NeverTrustATrailer: It's a DeconstructiveParody of horror films. It's advertised as a straight horror film. [[TopesAreTools [[TropesAreTools 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.



** [[spoiler:Them not realizing Marty is still alive is also quite odd since at one point a screen is shown displaying all five's vital signs]]

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** [[spoiler:Them not realizing Marty is still alive is also quite odd since at one point a screen is shown displaying all five's vital signs]]signs.]]



%%* PetTheDog: SubvertedTrope

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%%* * PetTheDog: SubvertedTropeSubvertedTrope. When it seems like Curt might be able to escape to get help from the outside world, [[spoiler: he finds out the hard way about the electric walls the audience already knows about it, while Dana and Holden watch his demise...]].



%%* TheReveal: Several.

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%%* * TheReveal: Several.Several, most of them relating to the biggest one: [[spoiler: there's a massive worldwide yearly sacrifice of people in rituals to placate evil gods and our protagonists are in the thick of it!]]



%%* TheStoner: Marty.

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%%* * TheStoner: Marty. His introduction scene involves him rolling up in his car while smoking from a bong that he's able to collapse to become a "travel mug" and he literally rolls up some blunts on the way to the cabin. He also has a variety of quirky stoner mannerisms, which get used against him when he tries to convince the rest of his friends that something is up. [[spoiler: The Faculty's failure to treat his stash means that he keeps his wits the entire time, which leads to their entire plan unraveling in the second half of the film where that travel mug bong gets ''weaponized'' when he goes to save Dana.]]
2nd Dec '17 5:49:11 AM ading
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** 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).]]

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** 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) Athlete) 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).]]
2nd Dec '17 5:42:07 AM ading
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* RuleOfScary: critiqued by the film.
* ScaryScarecrows: one of the available monsters.

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* %%* RuleOfScary: critiqued Critiqued by the film.
* ScaryScarecrows: "Scarecrows" are one of the available monsters.
2nd Dec '17 5:40:58 AM ading
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* ThePowerOfFriendship: In the Japanese scenario.

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* ThePowerOfFriendship: In the Japanese scenario.scenario, the children use this to defeat the monster.
2nd Dec '17 5:26:24 AM ading
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* GreaterScopeVillain: [[spoiler: The Ancient Ones.]]
* 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.]]
* HauntedHouseHistorian: The CreepyGasStationAttendant is quite knowledgeable about location and history of the cabin. [[spoiler:Justified, since it's literally his job]].

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* GreaterScopeVillain: [[spoiler: [[spoiler:The BigBad only tries to kill the protagonists in order to placate The Ancient Ones.Ones, who will otherwise cause TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.]]
* GunsAreWorthless: The security people in the complex have guns, but it doesn't do them much good. [[spoiler: It [[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.]]
* HauntedHouseHistorian: The CreepyGasStationAttendant is quite knowledgeable about the location and history of the cabin. [[spoiler:Justified, since it's literally his job]].



* {{Hellevator}}: The elevator of horror.

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* {{Hellevator}}: The elevator of horror.horror, which brings the monsters into the upper world.



* HeroOfAnotherStory: The Japanese girls.

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* HeroOfAnotherStory: The Japanese girls.girls, who go through the ritual at the same time as the main characters [[spoiler:and manage to defeat their monster with zero fatalities]].



* HollywoodHealing: Holden recovers from his [[spoiler: bear trap wound]] rather quickly. [[spoiler: Not that it does him much good in the end.]]

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* HollywoodHealing: Holden recovers from his [[spoiler: bear [[spoiler:bear trap wound]] rather quickly. [[spoiler: Not [[spoiler:Not that it does him much good in the end.]]



** [[spoiler: Played with when Curt tries to jump the ravine on his motorcycle. The audience should already know exactly what will go wrong, but the characters have no clue. We're even treated to optimistic, uplifting music to drive the point home.]]

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** [[spoiler: Played [[spoiler:Played with when Curt tries to jump the ravine on his motorcycle. The audience should already know exactly what will go wrong, but the characters have no clue. We're even treated to optimistic, uplifting music to drive the point home.]]



* HumanSacrifice: [[spoiler: Necessary to appease the Ancient Ones, though they don't just want deaths, but suffering as well]].

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* HumanSacrifice: [[spoiler: Necessary [[spoiler:Necessary to appease the Ancient Ones, though they don't just want deaths, but suffering as well]].
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.
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