Unspoiled Tropes That Make You Say Wow: Obscuradrome Reviews The Cabin In The Woods.

This is a review of the Blu-Ray Edition of The Cabin In The Woods . This review does not contain any spoilers. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, and you’re on the fence about seeing it, consider this: If you like Horror movies, you will probably like the movie. If you do NOT like Horror movies, and instead like watching documentaries or Masterpiece Theater, then you should just quit reading this right now and find something on the Discovery or History Channel, not that there’s anything wrong with that.

The Cabin In The Woods is a film starring Chris Hemsworth, Kristen Connolly, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Richard Jenkins, and Bradley Whitford. Directed by Drew Goddard (writer for Buffy, Angel, Lost) and produced by Joss Whedon (Buffy, Angel, Dollhouse), if you read between the lines of the director’s and producer’s pedigree, you’ll see a clue into what the film is about, especially the Lost, and the Dollhouse clues. Not literally between the lines–figuratively between the lines.

This part of the review is called the synopsis. The reviewer briefly writes what the film is about. Five stereotypical kids go to a cabin in the woods. One by one they are killed. If you’re thinking that maybe you’ve seen this movie before, that’s because you have. But if you made it this far, you will keep watching. Usually the reviewer wants to throw in a spoiler at this point to prove his point, but since this is a spoiler free review, the reviewer just casually steers you away from the spoiler. The best reviewers are really nothing more than highly skilled puppeteers, the master of their realm of the written word, pulling the strings to lead you, the movie watcher, to understand that this movie is in fact not like the other movies you have seen. So you have to trust the reviewer. Just let the strings guide you. 

This is the part of the review where the reviewer breaks down what kind of film this is, using specific examples of other films the reviewer may feel are similar examples of the genre. This is a Horror film, so think Horror when reading this part. This is also the reviewer’s way of secretly spoiling the film. Just by mentioning other films, he’s implanting images and triggering memories like some kind of Videodrome in your head. You become aware that yes, there is someone controlling this review, it is not entirely unbiased. Readers often feel threatened at this point. Readers don’t like feeling they are The Player in a controlled eXistenZ, caught in some kind of Arrested Development forcing their own thought Adaptation. What is this, some kind of Fight Club? Reviewers don’t like alienating their readers, so they back off a little, driving home the strong points of the film without making you feel you’re about to watch Family Guy or 30 Rock. If the reviewer didn’t like the movie, they point out the weaknesses here. Fortunately, this film doesn’t have any weaknesses other than the fact you haven’t seen it yet.

The last part of the review is where the reviewer gives it everything they’ve got. With this film, only the truth will work. So, if you go into this film expecting to see werewolves, and zombies, and zombie redneck torture families, and Pinhead, and the dollface killers from The Strangers, and vampire bats, and Pennywise the Clown, then you need to be careful what you wish for. If you’re wanting to watch a smart, deliciously different kind of Horror movie that is just plain ass-kicking fun with an ending that will make you say Wow, you cannot go wrong with The Cabin In The Woods. 

Buy The Cabin In The Woods here.


The Thing & Dark Knight Rises Movie Posters

We Have Zombies! First World War Z set pics.

Brad Pitt’s boys cover their ears during explosive visit to set of his new film World War Z | Mail Online.

Click the link above to check out some pics of Brad Pitt on the set of World War Z. I am so excited this wonderful, serious toned Zombie novel is making it to the big screen. 

Updates and News

Things have been massively busy here on the day job front, and hopefully good things are happening for me very soon. Possibly by the weekend, maybe by Tuesday, I’ll be posting a review of one of the most exciting things going on in the online reading arena. I was really hoping to do this sooner, but work has gotten in my way, and like I said, hopefully good things associated with that.

I’ve got some interview things coming up for the noir/Neo-Noir, Dark Fiction anthology collection Warmed And Bound that I’ll be posting links for as soon as I get them, though it may be awhile for one of them, possibly by the end of the month. As soon as the preorder link is available, I’ll make sure I pass that along as well.

Finally, some killer movie news in the form of: Ben Foster Hops Onboard “Prometheus” | News | Dark Horizons. Ben is one of the brightest rising star actors working right now, and I’m certain he’s going to bring an intensity to this Alien prequel that we haven’t seen before. Be sure to scout around Dark Horizons to read some of the other news out there in the movie world and check out some of the cool movie previews in the Trailer section.

Everyone stateside have a great holiday weekend, and to my overseas readers, you people have a great weekend as well.

Happy July 4th, Bob.




“Prometheus” Becomes A Little Clearer | News | Dark Horizons

“Prometheus” Becomes A Little Clearer | News | Dark Horizons.

Click the link above to read one of the lengthy screenwriter interviews, which kind of explains Ridley Scott’s vision for this prequel. Very exciting news indeed. 


Jason Keller To Take “The Passage” | News | Dark Horizons

Jason Keller To Take “The Passage” | News | Dark Horizons.

Not exactly sure if this is a good thing or not. Let’s hope it’s a good thing…crossing fingers. 

Hanks Preps “Matt Mason,” “American Gods” | News | Dark Horizons

Hanks Preps “Matt Mason,” “American Gods” | News | Dark Horizons.

Scroll down the article to read about American Gods.