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.