Sunday, October 28, 2012

171. CABIN IN THE WOODS (2011)

The trailer for this film proposes another teenage trot through rote horrors, but this collaboration of Joss Whedon (producer, co-writer) and Drew Goddard (director, co-writer) has several tricks up its sleeve that make it worth seeing. There is not a horror trope from the last twenty years that it doesn't use to its own sly advantage, so that, in the end, it embodies not only the smarter-than-thou ethic SCREAM aspired to in a more retarded way, but a testament of sorts to the Horror Genre, post-Romero. A likeable, non-obnoxious cast headed by Kristen Connolly and Chris Hemsworth helps enormously, as does the sheer variety of nightmare situations they tap into. I plan to write more about this one.

Viewed via Amazon Instant Video, but available on Lionsgate DVD and Blu-ray. 

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