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article imageReview: ‘The Cabin in the Woods’ is the ultimate horror picture Special

By Sarah Gopaul     Apr 16, 2012 in Entertainment
‘The Cabin in the Woods’ is a smart horror movie that defies definition and derision, and will keep audiences entertained for the full 90 minutes and beyond.
The Cabin in the Woods is constructed by the unexpected; so to say too much would spoil the movie. Therefore, this will likely be vague and somewhat brief. But the bottom line is: go see this film.
Five college students head out for a weekend getaway at a relative's recently purchased cabin. But it's far from the relaxing vacation for which they hoped. Trapped in a scenario for which they couldn't have prepared, they attempt to survive until sunrise.
To start, even though the trailer looks like it reveals a lot, it really doesn't. There are so many twists and turns, it's hard to know what's going to happen next. And if you think you've figured it out, there are still elements to enjoy or surprise you.
This is a horror picture that draws from every sub-genre. It's scary, funny, gory, monstrous, apocalyptic and mysterious. It pays tribute to a number of influences, from the desolation of Texas Chainsaw Massacre to the woodsy setting of countless slasher flicks to the classic Universal monster to several creatures from the Whedon-verse.
Based on past endeavours (TV's Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly, and comics' Astonishing X-Men and Runaways), the quality of writing produced by Joss Whedon is far from one of the film's surprises. It's witty, contemporary, humorous and knowledgeable of the genre it is bending (as well as Shakespeare), which are all traits he brings to every project on which he embarks. In addition, teaming with co-writer/director Drew Goddard, who wrote the final season of Buffy, is the pairing of two talents that evidently work well together and understand the other's vision.
The acting is top notch from everyone involved. The young people, who include a cleaner cut Chris Hemsworth taking a break from the mighty Thor (who will also be in Whedon's The Avengers in a few weeks), play their roles perfectly. They embody their stereotypes without question or irony. Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford are a great duo, and Amy Acker is the ideal representation of the struggle between morality and human nature.
That's about everything that can be said without revealing spoilers. Go see it, then tell other people how good it is and that they should go see it - but nothing else.
Director: Drew Goddard
Starring: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth and Anna Hutchison
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