When it was suggested I see “Cabin in the Woods” I was less than enthused. Oh god, another mindless slasher film with nothing other than shock value. Boy, was I wrong.
A group of college students reminiscent of the gang from Scooby-Doo leave to spend a weekend partying at a relative’s vacation home when things go terribly wrong. Are they living a nightmare, or is someone outside controlling the situation?
This movie is surprising. Not only does it take the horror genre in a different direction, but it doesn’t take itself too seriously. The film is directed by Drew Goddard, but writer Joss Whedon’s fingerprints are all over it in the best way. The script is very self-aware and the victims are smarter than your standard fare. Witty repertoire bounces between dismemberments.
Typically I’m not a fan of slasher films – I prefer psychological horror. Maybe that’s why “Cabin in the Woods” worked for me. I don’t know if I’d buy it, but I’d definitely see it again.