Of all the holidays celebrated worldwide, no one day is more loved by the UTG staff than Halloween. With the arrival of October, the time has finally come to begin rolling out a plethora of features and special announcements we have prepared in celebration of our favorite day, including the one you’re about to read.
31 Days Of Halloween is a recurring daily feature that will run throughout the month of October. The hope and goal of this column is to supply every UTG reader with a daily horror movie recommendation that is guaranteed to amplify your Halloween festivities. We’ll be watching every film the day it’s featured, and we hope you’ll follow along at home. If you have a suggestion, contact us and we may include your favorite scarefest in an upcoming column!
Day 20: The Cabin In The Woods (2012)
The horror genre is full of cliches. Most of them involve a very specific group of teenagers going to a remote location to engage in fun activities (like drugs, alcohol, and sex) and then something bad happens. There will be a crazed lunatic waiting to kill them or a haunted skin book that summons the undead or even a flesh eating virus that makes them turn against one another. Either way, there is usually a cabin, some woods, some bad decisions, then some horror. No movie embraces this concept more than the very meta The Cabin In The Woods. Hell, the set up is in the title. Just looking at the box for the dvd reveals to you that there will be a cabin in the woods which will lead to horror. Clearly, this film is just another “by the numbers” teen horror…or is it?
The Cabin In The Woods was easily the most surprising horror film to be released in the last few years. You think it is about one thing then halfway through the film it takes a left turn sharper than Jason Voorhees’ machete. The first time I saw this movie my jaw hung open in amazement for at least forty minutes. As soon as I left the theater it was the only thing I wanted to talk about with all of my friends. I do not recall how many times I have seen this movie, but I can assure you that is is at least in the double digits. The Cabin In The Woods is a perfect ode to all things horror related, and a must see for any fan of the genre. You can see the trailer for The Cabin In The Woods below.
If you have yet to see this movie, make sure you do immediately. You know what, just buy it. Go. Now.
Editorial written by: Justin Proper (Twitter)