April 14, 2012 The Cabin In The Woods
Studio: Lions Gate Rating: R for strong bloody horror violence and gore, language, drug use and some sexuality and nudity.
Forgive me if you've heard this one before.
Five young people head for a weekend of partying and the promise of romantic encounters.
But, something sinister is afoot which threatens all of their lives.
That's how "The Cabin In The Woods" presents itself.
But this film, produced by Joss Whedon and directed by Drew Goddard, soon unveils layers underneath its very simple surface which turns it into something you probably aren't suspecting.
After the group reaches the cabin the party is on. But unexplained events start happening...and things go from bad to worse when they decide to check out the cellar.
"The Cabin In The Woods" features a cliche'-ridden cast of a jock...a nerd...a good girl...a bad girl and a stoner.
But the characters are put into a situation that is anything but a cliche'.
I don't want to go into too much detail and spoil things, but Whedon and Goddard, who previously teamed up on tv's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" manage to include just about every horror movie standard we're used to seeing. However, they manage to spring them on us in unique and very entertaining ways.
Much the way "Scream" reinvented the scary movie nearly 20 years ago, "The Cabin In The Woods" does the same thing. This is an original and unique approach, one which is clever and funny...while serving up plenty of gore and some jumpy moments along the way.
On my rating scale, "The Cabin In The Woods" earns a TRIPLE.
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