This review of The Cabin In The Woods is going to be shorter than most of those in the reviews section of Five Star Flix. I simply don’t want to say too much on this film. Don’t be mistaken however, much like the film’s much-delayed release, this is not a sign that creators Joss Whedon (Buffy, Firefly, this year’s The Avengers) and Drew Goddard (Buffy, Angel, Lost) have turned in a dud. Indeed The Cabin In The Woods takes so many thrilling and deliciously unexpected twists and turns that your enjoyment of it will only increase if you go into it knowing the barest of minimums. Suffering it’s aforementioned delays due to a thankfully scrapped 3D conversion and then the unfortunate financial disaster of MGM, Cabin finally arrives a full three years after shooting was completed, with it’s leading man Chris Hemsworth shooting to worldwide fame as Thor in the interim. It’s been an excruciating wait for Whedonites the world over, but it is a wait that will finally be rewarded.
The setup is ripped straight from The Evil Dead as five college students arrive at the titular cabin for a weekend of fun. Needless to say things don’t go as planned, but whatever your interpretation of exactly what that means, forget it. Playing with the conventions and clichés of horror cinema with wit, invention and bold daring, Whedon and Goddard have created a film as clever as it is entertaining, as funny as it is frightening and an absolutely essential must-see experience for any fan of scary movies. In fact, for any fans of any movies. Do yourself a favour, stop reading, don’t question, see this movie.
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