Best modern-day horror movie: 'Get Out' or 'The Cabin in the Woods'? | The Tylt
"Get Out" and "The Cabin in the Woods" are modern-day horror classics, pushing the genre forward with meta elements and social commentary. "New Nightmare" and "Scream" paved the way, but "The Cabin in the Woods" took meta to the next level by upending genre tropes, and adding plot twists and turns. The Oscar-winning "Get Out" tackles the horrors of white supremacy in America and sometimes, nothing is more terrifying than our sociopolitical realities. Which instant classic is the scariest?
Best modern-day horror movie: 'Get Out' or 'The Cabin in the Woods'?
Below is the synopsis of "Get Out," per Rotten Tomatoes.
Now that Chris and his girlfriend, Rose, have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family's overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter's interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined.
"Get Out" still holds a fresh rating of 98 percent and an audience score 86 percent on Rotten Tomatoes (at the time of publication). The instant classic gained five Academy Award nominations in 2018, including Best Actor and Best Picture, winning Best Original Screenplay. "Get Out" made over $255 million globally at the box office, proving again that cinema that talks meaningfully about race and class can bring in the big bucks.
"Get Out," in particular, brought social commentary to modern-day horror, tackling the terrifying reality of white supremacy and anti-black racism in America. Mary Elizabeth Williams wrote for Salon:
But what makes the film exceptional is its skillful distillation of racial anxiety into true horror. A black man is shown to be correct in his unease in walking around a desolate white neighborhood. Seemingly offhanded insensitive comments are, as it turns out, not offhanded at all. And when, late in the film, a police car shows up, is it any wonder the audience exudes a palpable wave of nervous suspense? Yet the cleverness of "Get Out" goes even deeper. This isn't a facile fable about the very real evils of racism, one in which the villains are typical mouth-breathing rednecks. By focusing the storyline on a particular form of racism — the kind that's often disguised as peculiar envy — "Get Out" reveals something more insidious.
Below is the synopsis of "The Cabin in the Woods," per Rotten Tomatoes.
Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods. Bad things happen. If you think you know this story, think again. From fan favorites Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard comes The Cabin in the Woods, a mind blowing horror film that turns the genre inside out. -- (C) Lionsgate
"The Cabin in the Woods" came out in 2012 and holds a fresh rating of 91 percent and an audience score of 74 percent on Rotten Tomatoes (at the time of publication). The sleeper hit also made $66 million globally at the box office. "The Cabin in the Woods" breaks down all of the horror genre's tropes and the character archetypes and turns the formulaic horror movie inside out. The film also explores sub-genres of horror: slasher, creature feature and supernatural. Eric Kohn wrote for Indiewire:
Indeed, this Drew Goddard-directed effort, co-scripted by genre auteur Joss Whedon, ranks among one of the most wryly self-aware works of American pop culture entertainment in years. Relentlessly toying around with a meta story, “The Cabin in the Woods” is sometimes too clever for its own good. However, by successfully analyzing tired formulas, it gives them new life.