The Cabin in the Woods

I have a question and the nature of that question may tell you more about the movie than you wish to know, if you’ve not seen it.

Okay, so we watched The Cabin in the Woods last night and we both thought it was terrific. But I keep seeing people say “Oh, well, it’s too bad that there couldn’t be a sequel, since the world ended at the end of the movie.” And this makes me think that either I am misunderstanding a basic premise of the movie or a lot of other people are. So, here is my question–is it not obvious that the people under the cabin are being fucked with in the exact same manner as the people in the cabin?

We see the people under the cabin changing the environment to manipulate the people in the cabin and we see that the people under the cabin encounter strange problems with the simulation this year–not just that no other place in the world has been able to do it, but that the wiring weirdly goes out on the landslide, and that dude’s pot made him able to see what was really going on instead of working on him how it should have.

Isn’t it then likely that, like clockwork, the sacrifices are designed to ratchet up? Every year, for years, the annual rituals work, but every… what?… thousand years or something, all the annual ritual fail and it has to go up a level–the ritual-holders must be sacrificed. And we are watching a movie about the sacrifice of the ritual-holders.

Another argument for there being a level above this one manipulating their outcome? The last shot. If everyone is dead and the camera room destroyed, from whose angle are we seeing the rising of the ancient god?

So, if sequels are, by definition, kind of terrible and ridiculous and more than and yet somehow less than their predecessor, isn’t it self-apparent that a sequel would just focus on the level of bureaucracy beyond the one we saw?

Anyway, I loved it. I thought it was really genius and uncomfortable and funny.

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5 thoughts on “The Cabin in the Woods

  1. Well. Now that you point it out it seems obvious. I don’t really buy your point about the last shot, but other than that it makes a lot of sense. Though if they did take this route for a sequel most people would see it as a sell-out just so they could get more money. (I haven’t seen the movie since it’s theatrical run so I’m a little fuzzy on details.)

  2. Yeah, but so much of The Cabin in the Woods is a comment on people’s relationship to movies that a sequel that keeps in mind that some sequels just seem sell-out-y might be really interesting (to me, anyway).

  3. The kid gives the last line (or so) of the movie, and I’m paraphrasing, “Wouldn’t it have been cool to see it go down?” There’s no sequel because we, and our POV for it, won’t be around. Now I’m sure some Canadian company that has a contract with Syfy might take a shot at a sequel, but that would just be sad. Then again, I initially thought that the Bad Robot dudes intended that we, the viewers, are the Ancients, so a sequel would fit right in (it’s the Ancients’ POV at the end, to answer your question).

    What’s it going to be about, though? Surviving the apocalypse with a lot of stop-motion giants crushing things? Putting the world back to the way it was?

    The glitch alone doesn’t sell me on your premise. Even if you add the fool’s weed vision, I still can’t go there.

  4. Reading the above, that was really disjointed, sorry, but of course the movie works as the thrill-ride-of-the-summer and we sympathize with the kids and thematically as a commentary on our demands of modern horror/slasher movies where we are the Ancients.

  5. Yes, but, just to use a loose landmark, only the people behind the barrier Thor accidentally kills himself against are shown to be affected by the apocalypse. We see NO evidence in the movie that the actual world is ending and not just the world within that barrier. So, that leaves open a sequel possibility assuming that we can go up a layer in the onion, where another level of bureaucrats laughs about killing all those fools with “the ancients.”

    But I do agree that we’re supposed to be lovingly indicted by the film as the Ancients, who desire a certain kind of regular sacrificed.

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