Cabin+Woods+Teens x Whedon+Goddard = One of the Best Films You’ll See This Year

After 3 long years stuck in distribution hell, The Cabin in the Woods, written by geek God Joss Whedon (of Buffy, Firefly, Serenity and now Avengers Assemble fame) and also co-written and directed by Drew Goddard (writer of Cloverfield) finally gets released. And it is more amazing and bizarre than you can possibly imagine.

It starts out like any normal teen horror movie: group of stereotype teens (stupid jock, geek, stoner, etc.) all head up to a creepy cabin in the woods for a getaway weekend. Meet strange scary local yokel on the way. Drink. Party. Have sex. But that checklist is suddenly and cleverly twisted into something else by Whedon and Goddard who simultaneously take the horror movie rulebook, follow it and then rip it apart to create something unimaginably insane.

Whedon and Goddard’s script is genius. That may sound like an overstatement but it is genuinely brilliant: something familiar while at the same time being something unique, fresh and different for a change. It’s also absolutely HILARIOUS throughout – the characters are funny (and well-rounded and believable so you actually care about them), the dialogue is funny, and the idea of using audience’s former knowledge of horror film clichés is equally used to hilarious effect. It’s also very scary at times. Oh, and very gory.

There’s really not much more I can tell you about The Cabin in the Woods without giving the game away though. (In fact I’m even finding it hard to find any pictures to use in this post that don’t really give the plot away too. So instead here’s a photo of Chris Hemsworth pre-Thor looking suitably confused…).

Pretty much straight from the word go there’s a whole other side-plot, from which you can partly guess where the film is going. But nothing will prepare you for the twist that’s to come. The Cabin in the Woods is definitely one of the best films this year and one of the most entertaining and funny as well. It also marks Drew Goddard as one to watch in the director chair and also as a writer. And it shows that Joss Whedon certainly hasn’t let the spark go out of his own writing, or that he’s let his geekdom crown slip.

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~ by square-eyed-geek on May 1, 2012.

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