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‘The Cabin in The Woods’: A horror game changer

By Travis WongMovies - 20 April 2012 11:06 AM | Updated 11:22 AM

‘The Cabin in The Woods’: A horror game changer

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Rating: 3 stars

The Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Kristen Connolly, Anna Hutchinson

The Buzz: Produced by Joss Whedon, who is helming ‘The Avengers’, and featuring Chris Hemsworth aka Thor.

The Story: Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin in the woods, where they get more than they bargained for. Together, they must discover the truth behind the cabin in the woods. thinks: A meta-horror film that sometimes is a little too smug and cocky for its own good, this bears the mark of producer Joss Whedon, , who co-wrote the script with director Drew Goddard. It certainly has Whedon’s finger prints all over it all over it; snappy dialogue, a fourth-wall breaking self-awareness and characters that are or seem like variations of those from ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ or ‘Dollhouse’.

The setup is familiar – a bunch of teenagers goes to a cabin in the woods. Whedon does not hide the big picture, as a bizarre organisation appears ready to give the five kids a wild time, for reasons that gradually become clear. It’s hard to take the terrors loosed upon the kids with much fear, but Whedon does provide plenty of gore and a few highly tense moments, as you wonder what he has up his sleeve and the motive behind the group of scientists that treat the teenagers like guinea pigs.

Horror aficionados used to clichés might either find this effort nauseatingly self-satisfied or just have fun and spot the references, including ‘The Evil Dead’, ‘Creature from the Black Lagoon’ and Clive Barker’s ‘Hellraiser’. Things really get chaotic at the end, as the supposed victims give their tormentors a taste of their own medicine, and it’s kind of overwhelming and the premise is a little head-scratching. Nonetheless, you got to give Whedon and Goddard credit for their originality. One thing’s for sure; they sure don’t skim on the monsters.