Ruminations on “Cabin in the Woods” and Chocolate

I had a big day, yesterday. I went out for a movie and then went to a fabulous chocolate buffet. Yes, this is my idea of a big day. Before you get around to deciding whether to envy the excitement of my existence or feel sorry for me, I should explain.

The movie was Cabin in the Woods.

I admit, when I first saw the commercials for this film, I thought, “Oh, brother. Another cheesy slasher movie. Yawn.”

But then I noticed Chris Hemsworth is in it. “What the heck is he doing in a slasher movie?” I wondered.

I decided they must have filmed Cabin in the Woods before Thor came along.  Once Hemsworth became all famous and popular, they decided to drag this movie out of some bottom drawer to exploit his fame. Hmph. Not even Chris Hemsworth is enough to get me to pay actual money to see a slasher movie. I didn’t give Cabin in the Woods another thought.

Then I found out Joss Whedon was one of the writers. Next chance I got, I plunked down $25 for popcorn, Coke, and a movie ticket.

Though I can’t say much about Cabin in the Woods without spoilers, I can say that this movie explains a lot. (Those who have seen it will know what I mean.) I can also say that it is indeed a cheesy slasher movie. But it is also a clever and dark bit of fun, and you should go see it. That is, if your mom says you’re old enough.

As for the chocolate buffet, I will summarize: chocolate crepes, chocolate mousse, chocolate fountain and fruit, chocolate bread pudding (with crescents instead of bread), triple chocolate layer cake, French silk pie, chocolate éclairs, and chocolate cashew fudge bar thingies.

Is that enough for you? No? Well, those are just some of the things I ate.  There was a lot more to choose from than that.

Yes, you may envy me for my big day.

About Marie Loughin

I love reading, writing, and editing speculative fiction of all sorts. My current focus is on writing contemporary fantasy, where I get to play god with characters from myth and legend. My Norse-based urban fantasy, Valknut: The Binding, is available at Kindle Books and other e-book retailers. You can find me at my blog ( and on Twitter (@mmloughin).
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12 Responses to Ruminations on “Cabin in the Woods” and Chocolate

  1. Jaye says:

    I do indeed envy you (while my stomach churns just a little bit). I keep hearing interesting things about Cabin in the Woods. Not enough to tempt me into the theaters, but enough that I’ll see it on DVD.

  2. Do yourself a favor and read/listen to as little as possible about the movie before you get a chance to watch it. You will enjoy it more if you aren’t predisposed by other people’s opinions. After seeing the movie, I read several reviews. Some reviewers just don’t get it. Other reviewers get it and then want to tell you all about it, which would ruin the movie.

    As for the chocolate buffet, yeah, was feeling a little indisposed that night and had a chocolate hangover the next day. I may have to wait a few weeks before I go again 😉

  3. Kim McPherson says:

    I am actually tempted to see that movie now. And reading about the chocolate buffet……now I am jealous!

    • Oh, you would definitely like the buffet. Though you’d have to bring friends. The best way to do it is to share so you can try more things.

      I don’t recommend the movie for under 16. 16-18 is parental discretion.

  4. Chocolate buffet! *grins* Do they have chocolate chip pancakes!?

    I saw Cabin in the Woods last week. I enjoyed it, but not because of the obvious horror – which was intentionally cheesy and intentionally three-quarters predictable. No, I enjoyed it for the secondary layer of horror that came from the outside, meta-fictional examination of the genre. I can’t remember exact quotes, but I think a main purpose of the movie was to pose this question:

    Security Guard: “Werewolves, ghosts, demons… how do you live like this?”
    Scientist: “You get used to it.”
    Security Guard: (looks shocked, sad) “Should you? Get used to that?”

    Great movie – more of a thinker than a gore fest, despite massive amounts of gore!

  5. Paul D. Dail says:

    I think Aniko put it quite well. As I warned you, it would be a bloody mess on a 20 ft screen, but it wasn’t really about that. Glad you enjoyed it. I’m guessing you ended up going with the neighbor as opposed to the 14 year-old.

    And I’m a sucker for most anything chocolate, so that sounds delightful.

    Look forward to your post on “What is Horror?” And I’ll try to start crafting my response.

    Paul D. Dail A horror writer’s not necessarily horrific blog

  6. juliabarrett says:

    I avoid slasher films like the plague, but I love Joss Whedon and Chris… what to do???

    • I understand your pain. Let me reassure you that they were surprisingly tasteful about the slasher aspect.

      Okay, maybe “tasteful” is the wrong word. They showed some restraint.

      Hmm. Maybe not so much. How about this: When they lacked restraint, they were so over the top that it was not as disturbing as it could be. Though I did close my eyes in one scene. (When I see it again, I may be bold and watch it with my eyes open.)

      If you are a Joss/Chris fan, go see the movie.

      • juliabarrett says:

        I don’t know… I’d rather see zombies… Slashers scare the bejeezus outta me.

  7. I never said there weren’t zombies… >:D

    • Paul D. Dail says:

      ha ha. Well played, Marie.

      And so much more, Julia. C’mon, just go see it. When I went, a friend showed up who HATES horror movies because they disturb her so much (she just hadn’t seen my wife or me in awhile and wanted to see us). If she can do it, you can do it 🙂

      Paul D. Dail A horror writer’s not necessarily horrific blog

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