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The Cabin in the Woods (4 stars)

Excellent horror has something in its box of tricks to scare everyone

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The Cabin in the Woods

(15) 94min

A film that’s almost impossible to talk about without ruining its multiple pleasures, The Cabin In The Woods is the most original horror movie of the year. Reverential to the genre, yet shaking it up simultaneously, it’s exactly what you’d expect from its co-writers – Joss Whedon (Buffy, and this month’s superhero smackdown Avengers Assemble) and Drew Goddard (Cloverfield), who also directs.

Showing how five sex and booze fuelled teenagers get more than they bargained for when they holiday in an isolated log cabin, this may sound overly familiar to anyone who has seen Evil Dead and its numerous imitators. Yet with a parallel plot, involving a group of white collar workers (led by a smart-mouthed Richard Jenkins) holed up in a high-tech bunker, nothing is as it seems.

The performances are credible, particularly Thor’s Chris Hemsworth and Fran Kranz as the obligatory jock and stoner, respectively. The effects too are first rate, but it’s the cavalcade of images (and horror references) in the final act that will blow your mind. Geeks, newbies, it won’t matter – Cabin has something in its box of tricks to scare everyone.

General release from Fri 13 April.

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The Cabin in the Woods

  • 4 stars
  • 2012
  • US
  • 105 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Drew Goddard
  • Written by: Drew Goddard, Joss Whedon
  • Cast: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford
  • UK release: 13 April 2012

Five sex- and booze-fuelled teenagers get more than they bargained for when they holiday in an isolated log cabin. Co-creators Whedon (Buffy) and Goddard (Cloverfield) deliver the most original horror movie of the year, with something in its box of tricks to scare everyone.

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