The Cabin In The Woods

The Cabin In The Woods

We have already looked at a couple of movies that haven't quite hit the mark this year and here we are at number eight in our countdown of Worst Movies of 2012.

And it is The Cabin In The Woods that left us a little disappointed when it hit the big screen this summer.

When you hear people describing a film as one that 'redefines the genre' and so on you can't help but get quite excited that you are in for a bit of a treat.

But sadly the movie doesn't quite live up to this incredibly high praise and I do wonder if they were watching the same movie as I was.

Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin in the woods, where they get more than they bargained for. Together, they must discover the truth behind the cabin in the woods.

Now I will admit that there are some good moments in this film - there first half where there is tension and uncertainty about what is going on actually works well.

The movie mixed events from the cabin with scenes featuring Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford who were manipulating events between the five friends.

But who were these mysterious characters? And what were they really up to? The movie posed interesting questions and you didn't quite know what was going to happen next.

But what did come next was just so over the top and totally ridiculous that it ruined all the good ground work and tension building that had been done in the first half of film .

Seriously the tension and the fear and the horror just disappears when you discover just what exactly is going on - it really is the worst twist/reveal of the year.

And while the movie may not quite have lived up to expectations as a horror movie it was right on the money as a comedy.

There really were more laughs than scare and chills and actor Fran Kranz in particular is laugh out loud money.

Comedy in a movie such as this is a breath of fresh air as director Drew Goddard didn't just want to kill as many people as possible and quickly as possible - which makes a nice change.

You have to applaud Goddard for trying something new with this movie and for half of the film he does a good job.

But it does start to unravel into the second half of the film and it almost buckles under the weight of its own ambition.

Sadly the film does quite live up to the expectation and the hype and that is a major shame.

Check out our countdown of theWorst Movies of 2012 so far: 

10. Taken 2

9. Prometheus

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