REVIEW: THE CABIN IN THE WOODS

 

 

 

CAST

Kristen Connolly (The Happening)
Chris Hemsworth (Thor)
Anna Hutchison (Spartacus: Ward of The Damned)
Fran Kranz (Dollhouse)
Jessie Williams (Grey’s Anatomy)
Richard Jenkins (Step Brothers)
Bradley Whitford (The West Wing)
Brian White (Beauty and The BEast)
Amy Acker (Angel)
Tim DeZarn (Fight Club)
Tom Lenk (BuffY)
Jodelle Ferland (Silent Hill)
Adrian Holmes (Arrow)
Ellie Harvie (The New Addams Family)
Patrick Sabongui (The Flash)
Sigourney Weaver (Aliens)

hero_EB20120411REVIEWS120419993ARThe title of the film hints at a pretty standard genre setup: five college kids — Dana (Kristen Connolly), the nice girl; her friend Jules (Anna Hutchison); her athletic boyfriend Curt (Chris Hemsworth); their smart friend Holden (Jesse Williams); and stoner/philosopher Marty (Fran Kranz) — drive out to the middle of the nowhere to shack up for the weekend. And then… Horror is a tired genre. It looks easy, but it isn’t: every first-time director with a bucket of fake blood and maybe an actor or two willing to take their tops off is looking to make a splash. Horror also finds trends like no other genre, latching onto what’s successful, draining it dry, and throwing it on the pile — the most recent fad is found-footage, but good old fashion monster movies are still being churned out too.Fran KranzThe genius of Cabin is the way director/co-writer Drew Goddard and producer/co-writer Joss Whedon have taken this mindset and embraced it. The film sat on the shelf for years when MGM suffered too many financial woes to afford a release, and yet its wit and invention remain as sharp as ever.In the interest of keeping expectations managed, Cabin doesn’t reinvent the wheel. Its approach to horror is  original. The increasingly realistic and excessively gruesome style that they rode in on is far from universally loved. Cabin spills its fair share of guts, but it’s a good old-fashioned crowd pleaser.Cabin finds a way to access the reservoir of geekiness by engaging it rather than pandering to it.

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