The Cabin in the Woods is rated R for good reason. The violence in it is graphic and intense as it is in any other horror movie with a caveat – this is a horror movie deconstructed in a way we haven’t seen before. Think along the lines of Scream but with much less comedy and a self awareness that allows the viewer to watch the movie with an awareness of the inevitability of the story progression while still allowing room for the viewer to be surprised at how the story progresses.
The set up is simple enough. A group of college students decide to take a vacation at an isolated cabin in the woods belonging to the cousin of one of the group. The setup sequence of the movie is very important to the movie and the story and that importance lies in the characters of the movie and how they are portrayed in the opening. How the characters evolve and change later in the movie is key to following the whole movie and the back story which gives the viewer a complete understanding of the story.
The Cabin in the Woods is not a straight up horror it has moments of comedic relief but it is still has some very good scares. As a viewer the feeling is definitely more voyeuristic than is normally elicited from a movie. The acting is solid, the direction is well done and the makeup, always important in horror movies, is also well done. The long and the short of it is that The Cabin in the Woods is definitely worth your time.