Actors: Chris Hemsworth, Kristen Connolly, Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford
|Plot Summary of The Cabin in the Woods|
Dana is a smart college student, preparing for a vacation with her friends: Marty, a stoner; Curt, a brainy jock; and Curt's girlfriend, the bubbly Jules. They're bringing along the hunky and sensitive Holden to potentially be a love interest for Dana. They arrive at their destination, an old creepy cabin in the woods, and prepare for a night of revelry. Meanwhile, at a hidden facility, two technicians, Gary and Steve, prepare for a ritual that other facilities in other countries are prepping for simultaneously. Reports are that other countries are failing in executing this unrevealed ritual, but Gary and Steve are confident that America can deliver the goods. It grows apparent that Gary and Steve are manipulating Dana and her friends, releasing chemicals and hormones into the air and setting them up for what appears to be imminent doom. Dana inadvertently unleashes a family of zombies, who start killing off the kids one by one, and Gary and Steve begin to celebrate; the death of all the teenagers appears to be the goal of the ritual, and the ritual seems to be completed. Yet when Marty survives his attack, saves Dana, and they come after their attackers, Gary and Steve begin to panic; failure to complete their ritual comes with dire consequences, and when Dana and Marty unknowingly unleash a wide array of horror creatures and fantasy beasts into Gary and Steve's facility, the fate of the world may hang in the balance.
Best part of story, including ending: Despite the quirky and seemingly dark description, this movie is absolutely hilarious from beginning to end, playing with the tropes of the horror genre to delightful effect.
Best scene in story: When Dana and Marty unleash all of the facility's creatures, it becomes a huge sequence of uncontrolled chaos, with all manner of hilariously gory death, including one man getting skewered by a unicorn.
Opinion about the main character: Dana is a feisty and intelligent young woman; she doesn't need a man and she doesn't need to fit in, all she needs is her sense of self-purpose, which is admirable.
|Script Analysis of The Cabin in the Woods|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Actual chase scenes or violence - 40%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzle - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
**Fantasy or Science Fiction?**
- fantasy story on present day Earth
Kind of Horror Story
- why do we stay in the haunted house?
- a teen
- White (American)
- 20th century (1970's to Present)
Takes place on Earth?
Accounts of torture and death?
- very explicit references to deaths and torture
Tone of movie
Sex/nudity in movie?
What kind of sex:
- touching of personal anatomy
- seeing breasts
Kinds of F/X
- Things that change shape/morph
- exploding vehicles
- nasty human transformations
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