I just read a review of Cabin in the Woods that promised to explain its awesomeness. And while it did touch on some of the reasons for its awesomeness – the effective blend of horror and humor, the self-referentiality, and a marketing campaign that held back the best parts of the film – it didn’t really explain what the movie was about. Like, it didn’t take it apart and spread the pieces out on the rug to figure out what makes it tick. Of course, that’s what we’re all about here at Wonderkill, so if you were wondering, “What’s Cabin in the Woods really about?” allow me to kill that wonder right now.
There are spoilers ahead – this is not a review, it’s a full-on deconstruction – so don’t blame me if you ruin the surprises for yourself. And they are good surprises! So be warned.