This is a very amusing and clever PARODY of monster/slasher horror films and I had great time watching it, even if I liked "Scream" and "Tucker and Dale versus evil" more. Below, more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS.
Once upon a time five young people go for a weekend to an isolated, old creepy cabin in the woods to spend some... hmm... let's call it "quality time"... Those five are the perfect representation of stereotypic victims of zombies, maniacs, monsters, ghosts, creatures, aliens, beasts, spirits, apparitions, entities, etc. which usually hunt to death young Americans everytime they step out of their comfort zone (at least in films) and therefore in the group we have:
- The Slut, a.k.a. Jules Louden (Anna Hutchison), a girl who can make out even with a wolf...
- The Jock, a.k.a. Curt Vaughan (Chris Hemsworth), a walking mountain of hot testosterone
- The Geek, a.k.a. Holden McCrea (Jesse Williams), a deceptively decent and supposedly shy guy
- The Moron, a.k.a. Marty Mikalski (Fran Kranz), an abominable pot head, inventor of world's biggest bong...
- and of course, last but not least, The Virgin, a.k.a. Dana Polk (Kristen Connolly) ("A virgin? Me?" "Well, we work with what we have")
As usual in this kind of movie, from the first moment those five young people arrive to the cabin in the woods, they are being watched by some (IM)PURE EVIL...))) Of course, this film being a PARODY, this (IM)PURE EVIL is not exactly what we expect...))) And I am not saying anything more.
Let's stress it again - from the first scene of the film it is said LOUD AND CLEAR: THIS IS A PARODY! This film is NOT SUPPOSED to be scary, but to make us laugh by MERCILESSLY MOCKING all the clichés of the monster/slasher horror flicks. Of course some people die (a lot in fact) and yes, there are some monsters (a lot in fact) and yes, there is blood and gore (a lot in fact) and yes, there is darkness and ancient legends (a lot in fact) - and all of this is there just to make us laugh (a lot in fact).
The trasures of this film are many, the greatest of which are the dialogs and especially all the sarcastic comments of (IM)PURE EVIL people who are watching the five young people in the cabin in the woods. Senior Technicians Sitterson (Richard Jenkins) and Hadley (Bradley Whitford), who are amongst the most experienced veterans of all (IM)PURE EVIL staff dealing with the cabin in the woods, are a particular delight...)))
At one moment Sigourney Weaver appears, but I am not saying here what is her character - you will have to discover it by yourself. I just want to say that even if in this film the girl is pushing 65 and could be easily a grandmother, well, Dear Lord, is this woman HOT! Here, I said it.
If you pay good attention you may find also Jodelle Ferland amongst the cast - she makes just a cameo here, but it is a nicely done one.
The film of course mocks mostly American horror films, but it also takes a big shot at some Japanese or Japanese inspired horrors, like "Ringu"/ "The ring" and "Ju-on"/"The grudge". It is a short fragment of the film but it is one of my most favourite scenes - I almost cracked my ribs at that moment...)))
Bottom line this is an excellent, clever and extremely funny PARODY of horror films, worth every penny it may cost. It is however important to be aware of the fact this is a PARODY, because if you try to watch this film as a real horror movie, you will be extremely disappointed. So turn your merriment antennae to maximum reception, forget all seriousness, enjoy and have a merry good laugh.