Go see Cabin in the Woods right now! *No more spoiler tags! You've had weeks! Discuss openly!

Finally saw it last night, and it was even better than I expected. I was expecting a slasher parody with some conspiracy/social experiment stuff mixed in, but I certainly wasn't prepared for all the Old God weirdness and the completely bananas third act. Day one blu-ray purchase for sure.

Also, out of all the monsters at the end I think the weird buzzsaw robot thing made me laugh the most. The facility is completely overrun by horror movie villains and mythological creatures, and in the middle of it all there's this clunky little machine going completely apesh*t.

muttonchop wrote:

Also, out of all the monsters at the end I think the weird buzzsaw robot thing made me laugh the most. The facility is completely overrun by horror movie villains and mythological creatures, and in the middle of it all there's this clunky little machine going completely apesh*t.

And something about its animation and movements just made it seem so delighted and happy, despite having no discernible form of emotional expression available.

Regarding 'Upstairs': Outside of the Topher-elevator-hack scene, did anyone else thing they were going to break the 4th wall and 'Upstairs' was actually the audience? I did at one point.

I was expecting 'upstairs' to be a different set of gods, maybe the ones who took over after the Old Ones slept. I still think that's who was on the other end of the red phone.

Chumpy_McChump wrote:

I was expecting 'upstairs' to be a different set of gods, maybe the ones who took over after the Old Ones slept. I still think that's who was on the other end of the red phone.

..That was Sigourney Weaver.

Dr.Ghastly wrote:
Chumpy_McChump wrote:

I was expecting 'upstairs' to be a different set of gods, maybe the ones who took over after the Old Ones slept. I still think that's who was on the other end of the red phone.

..That was Sigourney Weaver.

Yeah, that was a great reveal. Although I totally recognized her voice over the loudspeakers before she showed up on screen.

Dr.Ghastly wrote:
Chumpy_McChump wrote:

I was expecting 'upstairs' to be a different set of gods, maybe the ones who took over after the Old Ones slept. I still think that's who was on the other end of the red phone.

..That was Sigourney Weaver.

And you're positing that she was a regular human?

Just saw it last night and loved it.

My favorite scene was when they were celebrating and in the background Dana is getting abused by the giant recheck torture zombie. I really liked the contrast, and it almost confirms the decision at the end to watch the world burn.

I was expecting something more from the straight-faced security guard. They never really did anything with his character.

The one thing that really didn't make sense from a continuity perspective was them not noticing the stoner's vitals after he "died". The obviously showed that they were tracking all that.

I never saw anything to indicate that someone was trying to sabotage the ritual. I think the weed numbing him to their other drugs was an unfortunate coincidence.

That and the Japanese. How hard is it to kill a classroom full on 9 year olds?

Grenn wrote:

That and the Japanese. How hard is it to kill a classroom full on 9 year olds?

FUUUUUCK YOOOU! f*ck you f*ck you f*ck you and f*ck you!

Yeah, that part made my friends and I laugh. Aside from the sheer hilarity of a bunch of Japanese school girls singing a ghost to...death? Peace? Frogquility? Seeing a grown man cussing out a bunch of 9 year old girls was just friggin' hilarious.

ccesarano wrote:
Grenn wrote:

That and the Japanese. How hard is it to kill a classroom full on 9 year olds?

FUUUUUCK YOOOU! f*ck you f*ck you f*ck you and f*ck you!

Yeah, that part made my friends and I laugh. Aside from the sheer hilarity of a bunch of Japanese school girls singing a ghost to...death? Peace? Frogquility? Seeing a grown man cussing out a bunch of 9 year old girls was just friggin' hilarious.

Yes, that entire scene was hilarious.

muttonchop wrote:
ccesarano wrote:
Grenn wrote:

That and the Japanese. How hard is it to kill a classroom full on 9 year olds?

FUUUUUCK YOOOU! f*ck you f*ck you f*ck you and f*ck you!

Yeah, that part made my friends and I laugh. Aside from the sheer hilarity of a bunch of Japanese school girls singing a ghost to...death? Peace? Frogquility? Seeing a grown man cussing out a bunch of 9 year old girls was just friggin' hilarious.

Yes, that entire scene was hilarious.

I think that may be my second favorite scene after the merman.

fangblackbone wrote:

You know the whole build up to the motorcycle-into-the-shieldwall thing was pretty hilarious.

Here comes the hero to save the day. Cue hero music and machismo. Hit the strong jawed one-liners and SMASH! Wa wa wa waaaaaaaa.

I actually think I should go and see it again. I bet I'd be laughing hysterically at all the bits knowing the context.

That was probably my third favorite part. My fourth favorite part was the speakerphone section. I couldn't stop giggling.

fangblackbone wrote:

You know the whole build up to the motorcycle-into-the-shieldwall thing was pretty hilarious.

Here comes the hero to save the day. Cue hero music and machismo. Hit the strong jawed one-liners and SMASH! Wa wa wa waaaaaaaa.

I actually think I should go and see it again. I bet I'd be laughing hysterically at all the bits knowing the context.

I was grinning in anticipation as he went to make the jump, but my wife apparently had forgotten all about the forcefield. She about jumped out of her seat. It was awesome

You know the whole build up to the motorcycle-into-the-shieldwall thing was pretty hilarious.

Here comes the hero to save the day. Cue hero music and machismo. Hit the strong jawed one-liners and SMASH! Wa wa wa waaaaaaaa.

I actually think I should go and see it again. I bet I'd be laughing hysterically at all the bits knowing the context.

Ugh, looking at the box office now... Why is this movie not making money hands over fists? Joss is cursed goramit! People, go see this film!

Serengeti wrote:
fangblackbone wrote:

You know the whole build up to the motorcycle-into-the-shieldwall thing was pretty hilarious.

Here comes the hero to save the day. Cue hero music and machismo. Hit the strong jawed one-liners and SMASH! Wa wa wa waaaaaaaa.

I actually think I should go and see it again. I bet I'd be laughing hysterically at all the bits knowing the context.

I was grinning in anticipation as he went to make the jump, but my wife apparently had forgotten all about the forcefield. She about jumped out of her seat. It was awesome :-)

The beauty is that it works either way.

"Good job zombie arm" was pretty clasic too.

Joss is just so masterful when he is on his game. He puts camp in the bravado and he puts stand-up-and-cheer bravado (topher using his coffee cup bong to block the bear trap killing blow on the virgin) in the camp. He can just pull out the rug from under you and catch you with it back seemlessly.

The wife fires up our dvd of Serenity about every month or so. The beginning of the giant ship battle between reavers and the alliance is definitely in my top 5 scifi scenes of all time. "Bastards not even changing course!"

fangblackbone wrote:

Ugh, looking at the box office now... Why is this movie not making money hands over fists? Joss is cursed goramit! People, go see this film!

Evidently there are plenty of people that think it's just plain weird or "okay", and some people think it sucks.

Which only adds to MovieBob's interpretation that the ancient Gods being "customers" were metaphors for typical film audiences wanting the same rote thing (the "ritual") over-and-over.

fangblackbone wrote:

"Good job zombie arm" was pretty clasic too.

Joss is just so masterful when he is on his game. He puts camp in the bravado and he puts stand-up-and-cheer bravado (topher using his coffee cup bong to block the bear trap killing blow on the virgin) in the camp. He can just pull out the rug from under you and catch you with it back seemlessly.

The wife fires up our dvd of Serenity about every month or so. The beginning of the giant ship battle between reavers and the alliance is definitely in my top 5 scifi scenes of all time. "Bastards not even changing course!"

Keep in mind Drew Goddard was the director here, which I view as a good thing. I think Joss Whedon is at the top of his game when there's someone else to work with him, which is why Cabin in the Woods is so good and Angel is a better show than Buffy (what with seemingly being helmed by David Greenwalt with Joss helping out).

But don't fear for Joss. The Avengers will get him noticed by the "big leagues" fine, and the critical reception on it seems positive as well (90% on RottenTomatoes). I think both of these films in a single year will mark him on anyone's map that doesn't pay attention to television.

muttonchop wrote:
ccesarano wrote:
Grenn wrote:

That and the Japanese. How hard is it to kill a classroom full on 9 year olds?

FUUUUUCK YOOOU! f*ck you f*ck you f*ck you and f*ck you!

Yeah, that part made my friends and I laugh. Aside from the sheer hilarity of a bunch of Japanese school girls singing a ghost to...death? Peace? Frogquility? Seeing a grown man cussing out a bunch of 9 year old girls was just friggin' hilarious.

Yes, that entire scene was hilarious.

Agreed. It killed me that, out of the 25-odd people in the theater, my buddy Joe and I were the only ones laughing at that part, and we were howling. I half-expected to get shushed, I tells ya.

ccesarano wrote:
fangblackbone wrote:

Ugh, looking at the box office now... Why is this movie not making money hands over fists? Joss is cursed goramit! People, go see this film!

Evidently there are plenty of people that think it's just plain weird or "okay", and some people think it sucks.

Sadly, I know of a few non-idiots who saw this and were pissed that it wasn't some Saw/Hostel/whatever BS. I guess it's a good reminder that this sort of thing is still niche, and that without blatant non-meta-genre pandering from the get-go, some people are inclined to walk away from this sort of thing feeling deceived.

Just saw this over the weekend. I have to say I really liked it and would probably classify it as dark comedy as well. The scenes back and forth between the control room do a good job of breaking up the mood so the horror element isn't as immersive. The only real tension for me was during the wolf kissing bit. Still, great fan service to the horror set and some instant classic quotable Whedonisms.

Grouchy Smu... sorry.. My Wife didn't really like it since it wasn't what she expected. Her quote was, "If I wanted to watch a movie about a reality show, we could've gone to Hunger Games" I think setting that very expectation of a conventional horror movie put her in the wrong mood for what it actually was.

Pshaw. No one likes to be surprised anymore. The best movies are the ones you go into without knowing what to expect, or are very different but in a good way. I mean, let's face it, Cabin in the Woods is better if you don't know what to expect, and it's also better than being a random horror movie, the sort that it's poking fun of.

kaostheory wrote:

The one thing that really didn't make sense from a continuity perspective was them not noticing the stoner's vitals after he "died". The obviously showed that they were tracking all that.

Plus apparently the androids/robots or whatever they were controlling had blood in them because they showed the vessel receiving blood from it dying instead of the stoner...

ranalin wrote:
kaostheory wrote:

The one thing that really didn't make sense from a continuity perspective was them not noticing the stoner's vitals after he "died". The obviously showed that they were tracking all that.

Plus apparently the androids/robots or whatever they were controlling had blood in them because they showed the vessel receiving blood from it dying instead of the stoner...

I got the impression that the blood they were dropping in was not coming from the people themselves. I think the blood was more symbolic than actually the blood of the person filling that role.

Robots? You mean redneck torture zombies?

Dang. My money was on robots.

Yeah, not noticing the stoner wasn't dead was a pretty major oversight. But, you know, I expected that from the people who installed a "release all monsters to the inside of the facility" button that requires no code or ID to activate.

kaostheory wrote:
ranalin wrote:
kaostheory wrote:

The one thing that really didn't make sense from a continuity perspective was them not noticing the stoner's vitals after he "died". The obviously showed that they were tracking all that.

Plus apparently the androids/robots or whatever they were controlling had blood in them because they showed the vessel receiving blood from it dying instead of the stoner...

I got the impression that the blood they were dropping in was not coming from the people themselves. I think the blood was more symbolic than actually the blood of the person filling that role.

Yep; the Suits pulled a lever and a bunch of clockwork stuff spun fancily and broke a bottle of blood that did the dripping.

Squee9 wrote:

Dang. My money was on robots.

Yeah, not noticing the stoner wasn't dead was a pretty major oversight. But, you know, I expected that from the people who installed a "release all monsters to the inside of the facility" button that requires no code or ID to activate.

The people that built the place must have been snorting the 'Insta-Retard Gas' that makes things like splitting up sound like a good idea.

Chumpy_McChump wrote:
kaostheory wrote:
ranalin wrote:
kaostheory wrote:

The one thing that really didn't make sense from a continuity perspective was them not noticing the stoner's vitals after he "died". The obviously showed that they were tracking all that.

Plus apparently the androids/robots or whatever they were controlling had blood in them because they showed the vessel receiving blood from it dying instead of the stoner...

I got the impression that the blood they were dropping in was not coming from the people themselves. I think the blood was more symbolic than actually the blood of the person filling that role.

Yep; the Suits pulled a lever and a bunch of clockwork stuff spun fancily and broke a bottle of blood that did the dripping.

They probably already has blood samples from each ready to go.

Probably didn't have to be their blood, in the same way that the Virgin didn't have to be. Symbolism, and all that.