You don’t have to be a dedicated horror fan to enjoy THE CABIN IN THE WOODS, the new film from director and co-writer Drew Goddard. If you do happen to be one, though, oh boy are you in for a treat. The film, a twisting and often unpredictable puzzle of a movie, is a love letter to the horror genre – forged from the fires of pure awesomeness.
The film stars a selection of young actors including Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Franz Kranz and Jesse Williams as archetypal college students headed out to a remote cabin in the woods to have a great weekend of partying and sexing it up. There are also two blue-collar button pushers played by Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford who factor into things. And then there are monsters. You don't need to know anything more about the film going in - just be prepared to have your love of fine cinema wined and dined as if the movie was Richard Gere and you were the finest high-priced call girl in all of Houston.
When it comes to pure fun at the cinema, THE CABIN IN THE WOODS has its head on straight. Everything from the script to the humor to the creature effects work in conjunction to create a film that delivers consistent entertainment at a brisk pace. Whether you enjoy the tantalizing thrill of seeing a puzzle worked out in front you as the movie slowly peels back its mysteries or it's just the experience of being able to enjoy the craftsman-like efficiency of Goddard as he layers on the good natured humor and scares, audiences will never be left bored during the film.
Goddard co-wrote the script with frequent collaborator and former boss Joss Whedon, creator of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and director of the upcoming THE AVENGERS. Fans of Whedon’s TV shows will find much to appreciate in CABIN’s script. The dialogue is full of the fun, snappy banter that fans have come to expect in a Whedon project. That said, don’t expect a spoof. THE CABIN IN THE WOODS is a smart and engaged horror film that delivers just as many scares as giggles. Whedon and Goddard show a real knowledge and passion for the horror genre with their script.
The story explores and dissects the modern horror movie in an organic and clever fashion – never choking on its own tongue, planted firmly in cheek. In a genre that has all too frequently become clogged with meta-references and ironic jabs, it’s a miracle that THE CABIN IN THE WOODS feels as fresh as it does.
THE CABIN IN THE WOODS is the most fun you’ll probably have with a genre picture this spring. It’s that rare horror film that manages to be at once both new and exciting and as comfortable and familiar as a pair of well-worn jeans. Don’t miss your chance to see this film in theaters- heaven knows we don’t get the good stuff like this too often.