“The Cabin in the Woods” is a widely successful horror film that also obtained great critical acclaim. While many appreciated the movie for its wit, humor, and originality, the movie’s storyline is nevertheless serious and very real: It depicts the elite’s use of occult rituals on the unsuspecting masses. We’ll look at the symbolic meaning of “The Cabin in the Woods”.
Warning: Major spoilers ahead!
Considered to be “groundbreaking” and a “game-changer” by movie critics, The Cabin in the Woods contains many elements of classic horror films while adding interesting new elements to the mix. It continually refers to and comments on the horror movie genre, praising some aspects of it while poking fun at the many clichés that are found in the genre. The basic plot has been seen many times as it involves zombies running after teenagers that are so dumb and generic that you almost want them to die. But there is more to the story than hack and slash: It is about elite puppeteers overseeing a massive blood ritual using mind control and high tech monitoring. In the end, The Cabin in the Woods is a metaphor for our heavily controlled society that is under the control of dark, hidden forces. The movie was co-written and directed by Joss Whedon, who also created Dollhouse a TV series that tackled the concept of mind control in a rather obvious way.
At first glance, the characters of the movie are heavily clichéd, to the point that it is absurd. We have the typical jock, the typical slutty girl, the typical stoner, the boring smart guy and the timid prude virgin. These teenagers are purposely generic to comment on the boringness of characters in bad horror movies, but, as the story unfolds, we also discover that they were selected and manipulated by an organization to fully embody specific archetypes in order to complete a ritual.
As the movie progresses, many key aspects of the occult elite and its way of functioning are described in vivid detail: Mediatised mega-rituals, occult secret societies, mind control, high-tech monitoring and so forth. At the end of the movie, one might realize that these scared and confused teenagers running around and falling into traps are…us, aka the masses. Let’s look at the elements found in the movie and analyze their full significance.
The Nameless Organization
At the beginning of the movie, we see five friends hopping into a van and driving to a cabin in the woods (hence the title of the movie) where fun, alcohol and teenage frolicking awaits. The pals, however, don’t know that this weekend of apparent partying is, in fact, a big ritual sacrifice conducted by a high-level, international organization.
The organization’s sole purpose is to set up high-profile mega-rituals involving the deaths of civilians across the world in order to appease dark forces beneath the Earth. These rituals are made possible through the manipulation of certain individuals into doing certain things, causing them to unknowingly become participants in an occult ritual. This concept has been discussed several times on this site as mega-rituals involving symbolic elements and blood sacrifices do happen in real life, where everything is staged and set up to obtain maximum exposure and magickal potency.
Although this is a very obscure and taboo subject, some occult researchers have determined that many mediatized events are actually mega-ritual carried out to fulfill specific occult objectives. Whether we go as far as Jack the Ripper or as recently as the Batman killings, some murders are actually set up to follow specific rules and to imprint society with specific symbols.
“Of course, many serial murders are nothing more than the work of a single individual acting out a graphic horror movie he saw, or responding to powerful “psychotic” impulses for aggression and predation. But many other serial murders involve a cult protected by the U.S. government and the corporate media, with strong ties to the police. These murders are actually intricately choreographed rituals; performed first on a very intimate and secret scale, among the initiates themselves in order to program them, them on a grand scale, amplified incalculably by the electronic media. In the end what we have is a highly symbolic, ritual working broadcast to millions of people, a Satanic inversion; a Black mass, where the “pews” are filled by the entire nation and through which humanity is paganized, brutalized and debased in this, the “Nigredo” phase of the alchemical process.
The French adept Antonin Artaud, architect of the theory of the “Theater of Cruelty” with its transformative power, and the inspiration for the extreme sex-and-death media of our time, had this to say about the processing of the Group Mind: ‘Aside from trifling witchcraft of country sorcerers, there are tricks of global hoodoo in which all alerted consciousnesses participate periodically… That is how strange forces are aroused and transported to the astral vault, to that dark dome which is composed above all of… the poisonous aggressiveness of the evil minds of most people… the formidable tentacular oppression of a kind of civic magic which will soon appear undisguised.’
The issue of controlling humanity with esoteric words and symbols encoded within a play, a media spectacular or a ritual is one of the most difficult for people to comprehend. That is why most people are viewed with utter contempt as “cowans,” “the profane,” the “gentiles” and the “goyim” (cattle) by secret society initiates. “I think we are farmed,” Charles Fort said of humanity. It was Fort who also suggested that man deliberately invented the dogma of materialism in order to shield himself from the evidence of what was being done to him by means of psycho- spiritual warfare methods hyped by “coincidence,” symbolism and ritual.”
– Michael A. Hoffman, Secret Societies and Psychological Warfare
Although the above quote was written more than 20 years ago, it perfectly describes the plot of The Cabin in the Woods which, in turn, describes mega-rituals in a direct but very caricatural matter. By doing so, the movie reveals the elite’s way of functioning while fictionalizing it – it puts everything out in the open while making people believe that “it’s just a movie”. While there is a lot of satire and foolishness in the movie, its underlying concept is truer than most would believe.
This elite organization, as powerful as it is, only obeys the will of dark forces called “The Ancients” and “the gods”. The “technicians” overseeing the ritual are actually members of an occult brotherhood and their job is to make sure rituals are complete.
So the U.S. branch of this shady Organization manipulates five all-American students to go spend a weekend in a remote cabin in the woods. The cabin is set up in an environment that is totally artificial and controlled by the puppet masters. In fact, the cabin and its surrounding is one big TV recording studio, complete with mics and cameras, mind-altering drugs to control the actors and remote-controlled doors and light effects.
The Sacrificial Lambs
Once arrived at the cabin, the teenagers are made to embody specific archetypes in order to complete the ritual drama required by the gods. It, therefore, needs to be carried out in a specific matter and it needs to completely recorded and televised. The “gods” require the death of five specific archetypes in the ritual drama: The whore, the athlete, the fool, the scholar and the virgin.
Right from the start of the movie, the character named Jules Louden plays the role of an s-bomb that appears to be aroused by anything. During her (short) stay at the cabin, she constantly feels the urge to talk about doin’ it or to dance like a stripper. We, however, learn that Jules is not being herself: She was drugged and manipulated to become the proverbial whore. Upon closer look, an astute viewer might realize that Jules Louden bears many characteristics of a Sex Kitten mind control slave.
So Jules is not usually a whore – she was manipulated and drugged into becoming one, the same way the elite uses mind control to make regular girls become Beta Kittens (think of the many slutty “celebrities” that started off “normal”). In the cabin, Jules displaying the typical behavior of an MK slave, a victim of Beta programming.
“BETA is referred to as “sexual” programming (slaves). This programming eliminates all learned moral convictions and stimulates the primitive instinct, devoid of inhibitions. “Cat” alters may come out at this level.”
– Ron Patton, Project Monarch
The most obvious example of Beta Kitten behavior occurs when Jules is “dared” to make-out with a wolf head mounted on the cabin wall. She engages in a disturbingly long make-out session with the wolf head, as her friends awkwardly watch. The scene ends with Jules saying “thank you” to the wolf, confirming that the drugs she was given completely eliminated her inhibitions.
The puppet masters make it clear that Jules needs to be sacrificed first – because she is a whore and therefore corrupted. This needs to happen in a very specific matter in order to follow dark occult principles. The technicians want her to be killed during coitus and, more specifically, when she is nearing climax. Magick principles stipulate that individuals accumulate the most “life force” during the moments right before climax. Sacrificing a person right at that moment would, therefore, ensure the most magickal potency to a ritual.
After a few minutes of frolicking, which gets the teenagers (and the viewers) excited, Jules gets viciously attacked by a zombie right when she nears climax. The odd combination of copulation and death is characteristic of the dark rituals and is also featured be in underground snuff films circulated in elite circles. In short, Jules’ death was planned according to the occult elite’s way of functioning.
Like in most horror movies involving teens, there is some kind of stoner in the pack providing comic relief. Always smoking a joint, the character named Marty Mikalski plays that role. Interestingly enough, the “fool” is also quite the conspiracy theorist.
As discussed in my articles on the movies Contagion and 2012, “conspiracy theorists” (or anyone with non-mainstream views) are always depicted as loons with little to no credibility. Marty in The Cabin in the Woods accomplishes the same function. While he says things that are believed by many people, we still almost hear a “coo-coo” sound effect in the background while he discusses microchips and such.
The fool, however, turns out to be right about a lot of things and tries to convince his friends about the conspiracy they are involved in. As it is often the case, nobody believes him until it is too late, because, after all, he is the fool. We’ll later see how he’ll turn out to be an unlikely hero (while also destroying the world).
In most cultures that practiced ritual sacrifices, virgins were considered to be the “highest quality” offerings due to the fact that they were considered pure, clean, uncorrupted and innocent. They were untainted by man and the world and were therefore perceived as holy and the most spiritually potent. The character named Dana Polk was made to play that role in the ritual drama, although she isn’t actually a virgin (there’s apparently not many teenage virgins available nowadays)
For the ritual to be complete, Dana needed to outlive all of her friends and her death was optional. The important thing is that she suffered as the puppet masters need to capture pain and punishment on camera, a fetish of the real-life dark forces behind the Illuminati. In fact, the ritual in The Cabin in the Woods follows a specific protocol that is similar to the actual rituals carried out by the occult elite. Here are some of them.
Rules of the Ritual
Most mega-rituals follow specific rules that are clearly spelled out in the movie. These rules are made to give the rituals more potency while allowing the powers that be to avoid the negative effects of bad karma (according to their weird interpretation of it).
1st Rule: Announcing What Will Happen Beforehand.
As seen in previous articles on this site, mega-rituals are often preceded by “clues” in mass media warning or preparing the victims (and the world) for what’s coming. If, after being warned, victims go on of their own free will, then the puppeteers are liberated from karmic responsibility. During the movie, one technician says:
“They have to make the choice of their own free will. Otherwise, the system doesn’t work. Its like The Harbinger…this creepy old f*ck who is practically wearing a sign saying ‘You Will Die’. Why do we put him there? The System. They have to choose to ignore him. They have to choose what happens in the cellar. Yeah, we rig the system as much as we need to but, in the end, if they don’t transgress, they can’t be punished.”
This concept is often seen in real life where victims of ritual sacrifice place themselves in a specific situation, although they have been thoroughly manipulated to do so (see MK victims dying from an “overdose”).
2nd Rule: The Victims Must Seal Their Own Fate
Although every aspect of their environment is tightly controlled and manipulated by the puppet masters, the victims are still made to choose their fate by their own free will.
Although the above concepts are extremely obscure, they are clearly defined and communicated in the movie. They are a reflection of the occult elite’s (aka the Illuminati’s) particular way of functioning, where nothing is obvious and everything is manipulated behind the scenes in order to obtain a specific result. Ancient blood sacrifices were accomplished out in the open with participants that knew what was happening (not that I’m idealizing those days) but today, it is about deceit and manipulation, with an emphasis placed on suffering and anguish, something that only those dealing in black arts would revel in. Upon discovering exactly what was happening, Marty (the stoner) says:
“A ritual sacrifice? Great. You tie someone to a stone, get a fancy dagger and a bunch of robes. It’s not that complicated.”
To which the virgin replies:
“Tt IS simple. They don’t just want to see us killed. They want to see us punished”.
Who Wins in the End?
The ending of the movie is very telling, yet very unsettling. In order for the ritual to be complete, Marty must die before the virgin. If this doesn’t happen, the “ancient evil gods” will rise and kill everyone on Earth. When asked to kill himself to save the world, Marty refuses – knowing very well he’ll be killed anyway by the evil gods.
Dana and Marty then light up a joint and wait for the gods to rise. Dana says:
“It’s time to give someone else a chance…Giant evil gods”.
Then a giant hand rises up from beneath the Earth, kills everyone and then reaches out to grab the movie viewers. And that’s how the movie ends…with an evil god grabbing the viewer.
So, in the end, the only winner of the movie is a “giant evil god” rising up straight from hell, one that could be equated to Satan in Abrahamic religions. Dana and Marty, the “heroes” of the story, therefore willingly allowed the evil god to rise up and to take over the Earth. The “heroes” brought about the worst ending possible, one of the movie’s original twists that kept the audience guessing. It nevertheless has an important symbolic meaning and tells a lot about those who are behind the movie. In retrospect, were the puppeteers the good guys or the bad guys? They were sadistic jerks carrying out an occult ritual but they were also trying to save the world from the wrath evil gods. Hmmm…
The Cabin in the Woods is a hit with movie fans due to its wit and its study of the horror film genre. However, going past these obvious remarks, the story of the movie conceals another layer of interpretation: It reveals the Illuminati’s occult way of functioning in order to maintain power and to imprint the group mind with symbols using rituals and sacrifices. The “organization” in the movie uses an odd mixture of scientific knowledge with the “old world” occult rituals to carry out its plans. While this story is pure fiction, it also reveals (in a strange way) how the occult elite truly functions.
That being said, can we equate the clueless teens in the movie to the clueless masses? Can we equate the cabin in the woods to today’s highly monitored and controlled society? Are our perceptions being purposely modified through mind control, mass media and meds to make us fall into traps? Are we being purposely dumbed-down like these kids in order for us to do the elite’s bidding by our own free will? Is the movie The Cabin in the Woods an equivalent to the Harbinger in the movie, who communicates a grave warning to people that are too clueless to understand any of it? As Marty the stoner says: “You are not seeing what you don’t want to see”.