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When five college friends arrive at a remote forest cabin for a little vacation, little do they expect the horrors that await them. One by one, the youths fall victim to backwoods zombies, but there is another factor at play. Two scientists are manipulating the ghoulish goings-on, but even as the body count rises, there is yet more at work than meets the eye.


Nerd Corner: 

Intertextuality– “the point where two works of art overlap…another way of thinking about intertextuality is the way in which works  of art purposely or accidentally connect and intersect” (Kelly Bryan)

Allusion– reference to another work, like easter eggs in Disney or Marvel (marble??) movies

Pastiche– “any work of art that imitates the style of another artist or artists. … Therefore, a pastiche is always an example of intertextuality, because the text cannot occur without the original that is being imitated” (Literary Devices)

Parody– “a literary or musical work in which the style of an author or work is closely imitated for comic effect or in ridicule” (Merriam Webster)

Satire– “the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues” (Oxford English Dictionary)

Archetype– a character type common across basically centuries of stories


A Modest Proposal:

A Modest Proposal For Preventing the Children of Poor People From being a Burthen to Their Parents or Country, and For making them Beneficial to the Publick.


Summarized eloquently by Wikipedia: “The essay suggests that the impoverished Irish might ease their economic troubles by selling their children as food to rich gentlemen and ladies. This satirical hyperbole mocked heartless attitudes towards the poor, as well as British policy toward the Irish in general.”


Kate Notes:

Foreshadowing with the opening 

  • Sacrifices, blood, ancient-ness
  • Then quick jump to a vending machine

Nathan Fillion!?! What a small role. Is it because Joss Whedon alum? 

Society needs to crumble we’re just too chicken shit to let it- FORESHADOWING IN AISLE 3

White men in charge of averting the apocalypse by controlling other people

The necessity of free will

Eagle hitting the force field – limitations of freedom, restricted freedom isn’t freedom

Her refusing to watch someone with the slow realization that they’re all being watched

Okay turns out Ellie Kemper and Kristen Connolly are different people

We’re all alone- cut to the whole group of men watching

The creepy child in the background. Just fucking clotheslines the dead girl!!!

Clonks him real good with the bong coffee mug

He is feeling sad and melancholic and then there’s tequila and he’s like YEAH BUDDY

Their ragged bodies in the weird sterile elevator. Did the zombies just like sit nicely without touching the sides of the elevator on their way up? 

Hoisted by your own bullet proof glass lol

The blood blowhole!

She doesn’t have a single drop of blood on her. She’s wearing gloves. Keeping her hands clean and letting everyone else do her work. 

Breaking the fourth wall by having the hand come at the screen. The fourth wall won’t protect you.


The Audience Surrogate vs. The Watson vs. Mr. Exposition

Brick joke

Evil is one, big, happy family

Filmmaker: As much as Cabin is a love letter and homage to the horror film, there’s also an implicit critique of the genre going on here. Are there aspects of horror films that you wanted Cabin to address and critique?

In response he said:

Goddard: It’s more a critique of society. The question that is interesting to me is – why do we feel this need to marginalize youth on screen?” Why do we feel this need to idealize youth, and then slaughter them? What is it about that that is so satisfying to us as viewers? And it’s not just in movies, it happens in society. As I get older I notice it more. We take youth, and we build it up to be this great thing. We package it and say, “Everyone in society fits into one these boxes.” And then we destroy it. We rip it down. That’s been happening forever, you know? We talk about that in Cabin, that this is not new. There’s a timeless quality to our destruction of youth that’s very interesting to me. I feel Cabin is much more a critique of that – of those things that the horror movie suggests are deep within us as a people. To me, that’s fascinating.



Bryan, Kelly. (2021, January 8). Intertextuality in Film: Definition & Examples.


Hellerman, Joseph. (2021, July 7). What Are Pastiche Movies and TV? And How Can You Learn Filmmaking from Them? No Film School.


Parypinski, Joanna. (2012, April 16) Satire and Meta-Horror in The Cabin in the Woods.


Schoenbrun, Jane. (2012, April 10). A Conversation with Cabin in the Woods Director Drew Goddard. Filmmaker Magazine.