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12 Fan Theories About 'The Cabin in the Woods' That Could Anger The Ancient Ones

The Cabin in the Woods was a box office success and it's fan base (much like the facility in the movie itself) is cult-like. Drew Goddard's self-aware horror-comedy is filled with twists, turns, gore, laughs, and even some heady commentary on the entire horror genre itself. It's no wonder that so many incredible fan theories have emerged from this beloved movie. For example, what's the deal with that big red button that releases all the monsters? Is that what it's meant to do, or was there perhaps a glitch of some kind? Also, while the primary plot revolves around the planned sacrifice of some college students, have you ever noticed that there's an analagous storyline happening within the facility? And what's Signourney Weaver's deal? Who is the Director, and why does she show up?

If you're part of the cult of The Cabin in the Woods and want to learn about these fan theories and more, look no further. Find your favorite fan theories about The Cabin in the Woods on the list and give them a vote up!

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    241 VOTES

    The Archetypes Are Misleading

    The Archetypes Are Misleading
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    In what might be considered more of a deconstruction of plot and symbolism than an outright theory, Redditor /u/Grievus breaks down how the archetypes assigned to each of the five main characters are actually incorrect. By going through each character and providing detailed reasoning, the Redditor shows (for example) that Marty was never meant to be the Fool, but rather the Virgin. This assesment helps explain why he was able to survive as long as he did, as the Virgin is often the last character standing and is considered an "optional" kill. And if you don't believe the theorist, then just listen to Marty himself: "We are not who we are."

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    The Big Red Button Glitched

    The Big Red Button Glitched
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    "Think about it." That's how Redditor /u/Ragnrok opens up their theory on the big red "Purge" button, and when you do "think about it," it makes a lot of sense. This theory simply states that the button Dana hits isn't meant to release all the monsters into the facility, because why on Earth would such a mechanism exist?! The button must have glitched or been tampered with, because otherwise we'd have to believe that the secretive agency installed a button that anyone can access, and when pushed releases killer monsters into the elevator foyer without warning. Not a great design choice.

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    159 VOTES

    The Buckners Aren't Normal Zombies

    The Buckners Aren't Normal Zombies
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    It's not often that the world of fan theories touches on heavy social issues like prejudice, but this one from Redditor /u/callmesurely does just that by taking a bold stance for some of most misunderstood characters in The Cabin in the Woods - the Buckners. While on the surface they appear to be your run-of-the-mill killer zombies, the Redditor points out that they are actually much more nuanced. They're a pain-obsessed redneck zombie family, and Sitterson even refers to them as an entirely different species when referencing the betting draft board. Furthermore, Patience Buckner might be the most misunderstood of them all. She doesn't even seem to like torture and killing (per her diary), and the only person she kills is the Director, who was attacking Marty.

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    A New Cult Group At Play

    A New Cult Group At Play
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    According to Redditor /u/ForNoRaeson, it sure seems like a lot of things had to go wrong for things at the end of The Cabin in the Woods to go, well, so horribly wrong. This theorist proposes that there is actually a larger group pulling strings at the facility to ensure their ritual goes haywire, thus provoking the Ancient Ones to emerge and bring on Armageddon. If you look at the facts, it does seem there might be some foul play from the outside. The bridge doesn't collapse when it's supposed to. A bunch of Japanese schoolgirls manage to thwart the efforts of a Ring-esque ghoul. Heck, to that end, every country on Earth fails! The only way this could be, the Redditor says, is a cabal of some kind made it happen.