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The Cabin In The Woods is a clever meta horror-comedy

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The Cabin in the Woods

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From Joss Whedon (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Firefly”) and Drew Goddard (writer of “Cloverfield”) comes a new meta-horror/comedy that changes the rules. Everyone knows the story or thinks they do. Teens go out to an abandoned cabin in the woods and get killed. However, this is not your average teenage slasher flick. People who have seen the ads on tv think they know whats going on when in reality there’s way more than that.

The film is being sold as a “Truman Show” meets “Saw” crossed with “Friday The 13th” which will get a lot of people to see this completely original film but it’s more than that. Without giving too much away there seems to be more in common with “Hellraiser” than the aforementioned horror flicks. So, the set up for the story is that these college kids are headed for a weekend of rest and relaxation at a secluded cabin where they find themselves being picked off one by one. The first twist is that its a controlled environment a la “The Truman Show”. Every move is monitored by company men beneath the cabin played by Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford. Some of the movie’s abundant humor comes from the small talk between Jenkins and Whitford as seen from the very beginning.

The kids are your typical stereotypes: you got the hunk, the tramp, the virgin, the goofy guy, and the brainy one. Just when you think you’ve got it figured out, the film switches things up and the mystery deepens. Will the kids figure out who’s controlling them before it’s too late? That’s part of the fun. People will think they know what’s going on going into it but they have no idea what they are really in for. Whedon has stated that “The Cabin In The Woods” is a “loving hate letter” to the horror genre and there’s no better way to put it. For horror movie afficianados, “The Cabin In The Woods” is a must see. For everyone else with strong stomachs that wants to see something completely different from the usual cineplex fodder, “The Cabin In The Woods” is a should see.

Bottom Line: Cleverer than your average splatterfest, “The Cabin In The Woods” delivers laughs and gore in equal measure.

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