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The Cabin in the Woods: Why all the hate?

Last week I had the pleasure of catching a late night screening of The Cabin in the Woods .  The theater was packed and full of screams and laughs.  The crowd was generally pleased.  And so was I.  This was a movie I’d been looking forward to for about two years now.  Ever since I heard that Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard were teaming up to make a horror movie that would be a new twist on horror movies, well needless to say I was hooked.

And the movie delivered everything it promised.  It was funny.  It was scary.  It was something new.  And it got people talking.  Boy did it get people talking.

Usually when a movie comes out there are three categories you can put a person into.  Those who didn’t like it.  Those who thought it was alright.  And those who thought it was great.  The Cabin in the Woods is one of the rare exceptions that creates two new categories.  Those who absolutely hated it and those who loved it more than life itself.  And it’s this dichotomy that brought me to writing today.

I went on the message boards on IMDB as I often do after seeing a movie and saw many comments along the line of “If you didn’t like the movie then you must be stupid because you missed the point” or “I can’t believe people actually like this movie, they’re f-cking retarded”.  Of course I’m paraphrasing.

My question is this:  Why all the hate?  It seems that when people of these two love/hate categories get together to discuss a movie, they never really talk about the movie.  It’s always personal attacks aimed at the other party.  I know the internet has made sharing ones thoughts very easy (i.e. this very blog), but why does every discussion have to turn into an argument?  And why does every argument have to be personal?

The fact of the matter is not everyone will like every movie.  We all have different tastes.  But you don’t have to attack another person because of it.  If you find that you can’t properly defend your stance on a subject without resorting to such low blows, well then maybe you should take the time to reconsider your stance.  And in the end you might realize, it’s just a movie.

J.

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