The Cabin in the Woods is an upcoming American thriller- horror film, co-written and directed by Drew Goddard and co-written and produced by Joss Whedon. It stars Chris Hemsworth, Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford and Amy Acker. It premeried April 13, 2012.
The film starts with two scientists in an underground location discussing a “scenario” and the possible complications that might come of it.
Five friends — Dana (Kristen Connolly), Curt (Chris Hemsworth), Jules (Anna Hutchison), Marty (Fran Kranz) and Holden (Jesse Williams) — drive out to a remote cabin in the woods for a vacation. Although the cabin seems peaceful, they begin to feel uneasy and realise that there is something wrong. The scientists in the underground bunker seal them inside the area with a forcefield, and begin to manipulate the emotions and actions of the characters by spraying chemicals and hormones across the area.
The group is compelled to enter the cabin cellar, where they discover a collection of artifacts. When one of them reads a passage from what seems to be a little girl’s diary, a group of “pain-worshiping redneck zombies” emerge in the woods. It is revealed that each of the artifacts would have summoned a different monster, and that there are several other groups experiencing their own similar scenarios around the world. These scenarios are not scientific experiments, but rituals, and each one is slowly failing as the groups of victims overcome their monsters.
The group at the cabin attempt to escape the zombies, wandering through the woods. This places them in mortal danger and Marty, whose use of marijuana has made him immune to the aerosols being sprayed through the area, realises that someone is broadcasting subliminal commands to them. After two of them are killed, the remaining survivors decide to leave with the van they arrived in. This causes a panic in the control room as the tunnel connecting the cabin to the outside world was supposed to have been collapsed in an explosion. As the cabin is the last remaining ritual, the scientists in the control room need it to succeed. They are able to overcome the electrical problem that stopped the explosion before the van reaches the tunnel, preventing the group from escaping. Two more of the group are killed off, but Dana, “the virgin” survives, triggering celebrations in the control room as she must be the last one to die. A champagne party starts in the control room and everybody seems happy that the ritual was successful and they have appeased “the Ancient Ones”. However, a phone call disrupts the party and the controllers are informed that Marty is still alive.
Marty rescues Dana from the zombies and leads her to the grave that they emerged from, where they discover an elevator. Marty overrides the elevator controls, and they begin to descend towards the control room, passing a collection of monsters and nightmares. The people in the control room try to locate the elevator and call it down to the control room where they send a SWAT team to exterminate the survivors, with orders to kill Marty before Dana, or else the ritual will fail. A voice from loudspeakers in the control room informs Marty and Dana that they are part of an ancient ritual where five young people must be sacrificed to appease the Ancient Ones.
Nevertheless, Marty and Dana descend to the control room and release all the monsters from their cages into the control center. The monsters then kill all the personnel in the control center while Marty and Dana make their way into an underground temple where the game-setter (Sigourney Weaver) appears and informs them of the ritual, warning them that if they are both alive by sunrise, then the Ancient Ones will rise and destroy the world. Dana is then tempted to kill Marty and save the world, but they both manage to stay alive until the sun rises and the film ends with the flaming hand of an “Ancient One” rising through the temple and destroying everything around it.
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First Published: Dec 31, 2011 – Last Updated: Mar 29, 2013