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The Cabin in The Woods – Review



Firstly, I want to say that there really is no way to truly spoil THE CABIN IN THE WOODS if you have seen the trailer. But It is a film you should experience before people spoil the fun.

I believe that horror fans, genre fans, or just geeks in general will love this film. It’s not a film for everyone though. I can already see the general public say that this movie sucked because it’s not scary. Quite honestly, if you get the true message of the film, then ou will know its not meant to be scary. If you are looking for a straight out horror film, go watch the classics.

What you will find here though, is a wonderful script full of funny, witty, suspenseful, and entertaining moments. Critics have said that this film deconstructs the horror genre, and while I can see how they concluded to that, I feel that it goes on a deeper level than that. It’s a film that caters to this genres true fans. It really gets down to the bare basics of a horror film and completely manipulates what we as the audience think we know. CABIN takes what audiences know and love about horror films and it uses that it it’s advantage. It takes the things we love and the things we hate from horror films and it keeps the audience on their toes guessing where the film will go and how it will end.

What SCREAM did for this genre 16 years ago, THE CABIN IN THE WOODS will possibly do again. By no means is it a complete game changer like SCREAM was, but it will redefine the genre by going away from the torture porn we have been seeing recently. What I hope comes from this is smart, suspenseful and great films! CABIN just gets it. It gets it and does it right. It’s proof that we are still able to get a film that is both smart and original. Kudos to Whedon and Goddard.

THE CABIN IN THE WOODS promised to be an unpredictable horror movie and it delivered something else entirely, which quite frankly was really awesome! I really dug it!!

Review: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows


I went to see SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS earlier tonight. Upon hearing some of the reviews, I was expecting the film to be a complete let down. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.

The story doesn’t live up to that of the original. I was never bored, but there was something the film lacked. What I can think of at the moment is that the film lacked the spark the original had. It does have a tiny tint of the dreaded sequelitis to it, but it ultimately bounces back.

The great chemistry between our two leading men, Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, is what stood out the most. There is no denying the chemistry that these two characters share. There is ultimately no need for a female love interest as their relationship can be used to fill that void. I must say that I expected a lot more from Noomi Rapace’s character. It seems they were just piggyback riding her overseas success in Sweden’s version of THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, which is such a waste for someone with her talent. The villain, Professor Moriarty played perfectly by Jared Harris, was also a highlight of the film.

I must also add that it’s quite sad when Dr. Watson is the more interesting character of the two leads. Not to take away from Downey’s acting, but I was more interested and invested in Dr. Watson.

In the end, A GAME OF SHADOWS ultimately fails to deliver the thrills of the first SHERLOCK HOLMES, but it does offer its fair share of entertainment.

RATING: 3.5/5

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