The Joss Whedon/Drew Goddard sci-fi horror movie The Cabin in the Woods debuted last night at SXSW and that means the internet is being flooded with reviews from the people who were there. We’ve combed through all the available reviews, so you don’t have to, and put together a list of the opinions which are most worth your time.
What you’ll find amongst the reviews below is lavish praise for, what almost everyone is calling an instant classic. I was only able to find one negative review, listed last, and it’s from a generally out of touch old media source. With so much praise for Cabin from everyone else, I think its safe to say that opinion is probably wrong.
Here’s what critics worth reading are saying about The Cabin in the Woods…
“It’s so, so much fun to watch with an audience– any audience, anywhere– and to revel in that experience of being perfectly manipulated by a director and writer who know every button to push.” – Katey Rich, Cinema Blend [4.5/5]
“…a timeless classic.” – Sean O’Connell, Cinema Blend
“While I wouldn’t go as far as to call it a masterpiece, it’s definitely the kind of project that will leave its mark, especially on younger viewers.” – Brad Miska, Bloody Disgusting [8/10]
“Ultimately it’s a ride that deep-thinking horror fans will probably love, average moviegoers should be tickled (or possibly confused) by, and Whedon-watchers will continue to worship him for on account of it fits in his wheelhouse of eye-winking, wholesomely aware fantasy-comedy and yet marks a step outside his norm.” – Jen Yamato, Movieline
“Few filmmakers will devise a horror film as blazingly original, remarkably intelligent, and painfully funny as The Cabin in the Woods, but it’s time for them to at least start trying.” – Matt Goldberg, Collider [A]
“If you’re really paying attention, The Cabin in the Woods will repeat back to you the stories we’ve told ourselves for centuries, and at the end, when all the dust from the wacky, bloody hijinks has settled, it will leave you wondering if you’re brave enough to look those stories in the eye and risk really understanding what they’ve been saying.” – Abigail Rainey, Bleeding Cool
“There’s no such thing as an instant classic, but The Cabin in the Woods comes pretty damn close.” – Scott Weinberg, Fearnet
“Cabin in the Woods is witty, scary and incredibly inventive. This is a must-see genre bending horror movie – miss it at your peril.” – Simon Reynolds, Digital Spy [4/5]
“…the movie is never much more than a hollow exercise in self-reflexive cleverness that’s not nearly as ingenious as it seems to think.” – David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
In case you’ve passed it up till now, here’s the Cabin in the Woods trailer. Watch it and make sure you’re in theaters April 13 for a film that’s shaping up to be an early contender for best of the year.