The Cabin in the Woods

2 November 2012 DVD

The Cabin in the Woods

The end of every genre begins with its deconstruction. We saw it with slasher films (Scream, 1996), zombie movies (Shaun of the Dead, 2004), redneck killer flicks (Tucker & Dale vs Evil, 2011), and now it’s time to say goodbye to cabin thrillers. The set-up is simple and familiar (and that’s the point): a group of sexy teens decide to take a weekend away at a creepy cabin – and it isn’t long before they are picked off one by one. Although…is it really that simple? Penned by Buffy the Vampire Slayer scribes Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard, it’s no surprise that The Cabin in the Woods instantly cements itself as the definitive intellectual commentary on the genre. In fact, the flick often feels like an unused Buffy season arc, meticulously ticking off every metafiction box that made that show an icon. As funny as it is horrifying, as disrespectful as it is utterly faithful – to give away any more would deprive you of one of the most surprising and refreshing films you are likely to see this decade.

SEAN LYNCH

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