“Yeah, uh, I had to dismember that guy with a trowel. What have you been up to?”
Joss Whedon is a guy so good at what he does, I kind of resent it and keep expecting to hate what he does. No one praised this much, especially by genre nerds, can get away with not eventually being seen as over rated. I held off on Buffy the Vampire Slayer until it only had a season or two left in its run, then immediately had to go back and watch it all from the beginning. Twice now, he’s defied my expectations with The Avengers and turned what should have been bloated, studio mandated formula into great fun. I even liked his Shakespeare adaptation that I was convinced was going to be way too self aware and smarmy for its own good. And today, he made me enjoy horror, a genre I usually don’t care for, more than I thought I ever would, with The Cabin in the Woods.
Four college students prepare for a weekend in a secluded cabin located in, you guessed it, the woods. There’s the studly jock, Curt (Chris Hemsworth), the hot slut, Jules (Anna Hutchinson), the smart, sensible dude, Truman (Brian White), the goofy stoner, Marty (Fran Kranz) and the virginal good girl, Dana (Kristen Connolly). It’s OK to reduce them to these broad, lazy labels, because the movie calls them that too, constantly. (more…)