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Cabin in the Woods (R: 2012)

Cabin in the Woods (R: 2012)

Cabin in the Woods ~ (Rated R: 2012)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1259521/ * Director: Drew Goddard. * Written by Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard. * Starring: Kristen Connolly as Dana; Chris Hemsworth as Curt; Anna Hutchison as Jules; Fran Kranz as Marty; Jesse Williams as Holden; Richard Jenkins as Sitterson; Bradley Whitford as Hadley; Brian White as Truman and many others.

Within the last several years Hollywood and the film industry has been evolving and expanding the classical monster tale, as we watched through the ages meandering from Frankenstein, the Mummy, the Werewolf, and Count Dracula towards a whole different species of Werewolves, vampires, and zombies. Then came the serial killers obsessed with pain, torture, maiming, and realistic grotesque murder sprees self styled after Ted Bundy, Fred West, or Jeffrey Dalmer only to exaggerate to supernatural tales of Halloween, Friday the 13th, and the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Now a new sense of horror, going back to supernatural beliefs on Witches, Druids, Spirits, and creatures from the races of Darker Faeries come crawling out from their sidhe with vicious mermaids and mer-men, leprechauns, gremlins, goblins, orcs, giants, and titans. The Old God/desses are being brought back to life. What one would imagine would be a typical hack n’ slash film by the title of “Cabin in the Woods” turned to a conspiracy theorie, Dark ancient Deities tale of human sacrifice at a high corporate level ploy to satiate the “ancient ones”. None other than a tale weaved by Buffy’s Joss Whedon to give that twisted plot some fantastical depth. These five friends go on vacation to a remote cabin in the woods, only to find them trapped and manipulated in a pseudo-realm where they are lined up to voluntarily sacrifice themselves to the dark spirits.

The five college-aged kids head off to a friend’s cabin in the woods and lose all communication with the outside world. During “party time” and unwinding, the cellar door mysteriously flips open, only to involved a truth or “dare” to investigate the darkness. Within is a treasure trove of artifacts, each with a secret and a beast to unleash. Meanwhile they are monitored by a high tech secret lab where the white coats bet on which creature they will face – Pinhead, the Mer-man, flesh eating zombies, a ghoul, or a prehistoric monster of dinosaur proportions. Dana reads from the diary of an imbred hillybilly family thereby awakening the now family of deadly murderous zombies. But this is not the only laboratory experiment of what supernatural creatures will be unleashed, as the lab coats are monitoring similar setups from around the world, hopeful of a successful stint with the cabin. As each of the college kids get knocked off, the ploy backfires as the “virgin” saved for the last, teamed up with the brainy pot-head discover the conspiracy and find their way down into depths uncovering an ancient temple lair holding back the ancient Titans from destroying the Earth – satiated by an annual sacrifice that was planned. None of the scenarios work out for the guardians and literally “all hell breaks loose” as magical and supernatural beings, creatures, and monsters look at the lab coats and armed forces as a smorgasboard brunch. The Director of the agency, played by Sigourney Weaver, tells them the truth that the ritual involving sacrifice of the Whore (Jules), the Athlete (Curt), the Scholar (Holden), the Fool (Marty), and the Virgin (Dana) was to appease the “Ancient Ones” who lived beneath the facility. They had to die in archetypical order until the virgin remained. Werewolves, mer-creatures, unicorns, ghouls, zombies, and a giant serpent take their wraith. The Ancient ones rise to destroy the facility and the cabin. While an element of “kitch” and whacky elements loomed over the film, the special effects and deep mythical supernatural plot humored and entertained me. [Rating:4] Rating of four stars out of five. ~ Reviewed by Leaf McGowan.

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Dollhouse: Season 1-2 (NR/TV: 2009)

Dollhouse: Season 1 and Season 2

* NR/Fit for TV: 2009 * http://www.fox.com/dollhouse/ * Starring/Cast/Staff: Dichen Lachman, Joss Whedon, Eliza Dushku, Fran Kranz, Anya Colloff, Amy McIntyre Britt, and many more.

Another amazing series by director/writer Joss Whedon utilizing his company “Mutant Enemy Productions” who is famous for the Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, and Angel series. Its a science fiction series made for television premiering on February 13, 2009 for Fox. As of this date, 27 episodes were produced. There is rumor that the series will continue, but no one knows officially as Fox cancelled it in November of 2009 even though Whedon had plans for 5 years duration for the show. The plot of the story is follow a “doll” or “active” named Echo (played by Eliza Dushku of Buffy and Angel), who is a slave to a high-tech operation in Los Angeles known as “the Dollhouse” that hires out humans to the rich to be used for a variety of fantasy needs from sex, relationships, fantasies, and espionage. Each of these humans are under the pretense of being volunteers to become erased and implanted with memories, feelings, and emotions based on the client’s request for a contract of 5 years. Once implanted with the memories, they become “actives”. There is suspicion whether or not they really volunteered for the job. Their original memories and personalities are saved on a hard drive. Echo shows memory lapses where her real memories start to come back and mixes with memories of each doll she played per job slowly developing self-awareness and personality leading back to her original life as a college student named Caroline Farrell. The management becomes aware of this and starts to consider sending her to the “attic” where they store broken dolls and “bad” employees. There becomes an escaped doll named “Alpha” who is fixated on “Echo”. Alpha is embedded with malfunctioned programming that bred him into a genius serial killer driven mad from the overload of scenarios, memories, and implants. He strives to get Echo to become his mate. An FBI agent discovers the dollhouse which leads to his release further rocketing him deeper into investigation on the dollhouse only to find out his lover is actually a doll. After breaking into the Dollhouse, he becomes Echo’s bodyguard or “handler”. The entire staff start having moral dilemmas about the basis of what goes on at the Dollhouse and each episode shows how that fogs their minds in their daily routines. The Second season focuses on how dangerous the abuse of mind-wiping can be on individuals with demonstrations on the moral issues around the concepts. The Dollhouse becomes more deeply embedded into espionage, corporate sabotage, and criminal activities. Season 2 ends with a glimpse to the future of battling humans seeking refuge in the so-believed abandoned remains of the Dollhouse only to find they are not alone. Apparently there are three final episodes to come out in January 2010 that will be part of a telethon for the devastating earthquake in Haiti as a fundraiser for the tragedy. This is planned to air on January 22, 2010. The series finale will be shown on January 29, 2010. I found the series to be pretty captivating and hard to walk away from. Rating : 4.25 stars out of 5.


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