The Cabin in the Woods, a hilariously fun examination of the horror genre from Joss Whedon (Buffy, Firefly, The Avengers) and Drew Goddard (Cloverfield, Lost), finally hits theaters today following a painful three-year delay. Seeing a film shelved for so long is usually a sign of embarrassment and dubious quality, but the wait was due to financial difficulties at MGM and, luckily, Lionsgate picked up the film and saved the day.
Featuring Chris Hemsworth (Thor, The Avengers), Richard Jenkins (Let Me In, The Visitor), Bradley Whitford (The West Wing) and Fran Kranz* (Dollhouse, Mike Nichols’ Death of a Salesman) among others, Cabin in the Woods is a film about horror; criticizing and worshipping the genre in equal measure.
So, what’s the premise? A group comprised of five horror movie stereotypes (the Slut, the Stoner, the Virgin, etc…) takes a road-trip and shacks up in a creepy old cabin in the woods to party. Something bad happens. The promos say “You think you know the story” and for good reason. We’ve all seen this movie a thousand times, right? This time is delightfully different.
You might find this review unsatisfying, but it’s for your own good. Don’t read anything. Don’t watch anything. Don’t listen to anyone who can’t be trusted with spoilers. Run from them. Defend yourself if they pursue. You just can’t talk about this film without ruining the fun surprises that make it such an entertaining ride.
At the risk of being accused of overhype… Ignore the press and just go see it. I laughed like a maniac for 95 minutes and can’t wait to do it again. It’s a genre geek’s dream. Whedon and horror fans especially… Just go.
*I was fortunate enough to sit down with Kranz this week and have a chat about the film. Look for this interview, coming soon, on Cinedelphia.