Tiny warriors fight to save a forest in the latest 3D animation from the makers of Rio and Ice Age.
The Cabin In The Woods: movie review
Release date: 13 April 2012
Director: Drew Goddard
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Kristen Connolly, Richard Jenkins
What's the story?
Five college teens decide to spend the night in exactly the kind of cabin in exactly the kind of woods where really bad things happen. Oops...
What did we think?
We like it. We like it a lot. Thing is, we can't tell you why without ruining it. If you've managed to avoid watching the trailer for this wickedly playful horror-comedy, co-written by cult clever-clogs Joss Whedon, consider yourself lucky. If you go down to The Cabin In The Woods today, you're sure of a big surprise. Loads of them, actually.
You think you've seen it all before: sexy bad girl (Anna Hutchison), sexy good girl (Kristen Connolly), handsome jock (pre-Thor Chris Hemsworth), nerdy black guy (Jesse Williams) and wacky stoner (Fran Kranz) arrive at a woodland cabin and do all the dumb things that teenagers in horror movies always do. Oh, a trapdoor that leads to a spooky basement! Let's read from the scary old book, then go for a night-time romp... Dead.
But right from the off, Cabin In The Woods twists your expectations until they snap off in a bloody, brilliant sacrifice to the horror gods. After opening credits that reveal hellish paintings of ancient torture, we cut confusingly to a pair of middle-aged white-collar workers (Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford) in a boring office chatting about the day's shift.
We'd love to say more. But we've said too much already. Slickly constructed by debut director Drew Goddard (writer of Cloverfield, Lost and Buffy) and his mentor Whedon (Buffy, Serenity, Avengers Assemble), this is the smartest meta-horror since Scream. So smart, in fact, it's too busy being "scary" to really be scary. Luckily, it's still easily one of the most enjoyable movies of the year: funny, gory, clever and imaginative.
Cabin, woods, blood, laughs, brains. Say no more.
related stories on msn
latest movie videos
Jon Martello (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a strong, handsome, good old fashioned guy. His buddies call him Don Jon due to his ability to "pull" a different woman every weekend, but even the finest fling doesn't compare to the bliss he finds alone in front of the computer watching pornography. Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johansson... More Jon Martello (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a strong, handsome, good old fashioned guy. His buddies call him Don Jon due to his ability to "pull" a different woman every weekend, but even the finest fling doesn't compare to the bliss he finds alone in front of the computer watching pornography. Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johansson) is a bright, beautiful, good old fashioned girl. Raised on romantic Hollywood movies, she's determined to find her Prince Charming and ride off into the sunset. Wrestling with good old fashioned expectations of the opposite sex, Jon and Barbara struggle against a media culture full of false fantasies to try and find true intimacy in this unexpected comedy written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Out on 15 November 2013.
Date 6 hrs ago, Duration 2:25, Views 16398