The Cabin in the Woods


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Every few years, a horror movie comes along that promises to revitalise the genre, sometimes for the better (Night of the Living Dead, Ringu), sometimes not (Saw, Hostel). From the pen of Buffy creator Joss Whedon and Cloverfield scribe Drew Goddard, The Cabin in the Woods doesn’t so much set out to reinvigorate horror as pick it apart, analyse it, laugh at it, and then blow it to smithereens just for kicks. It’s the funniest horror film since Evil Dead 2, and one of the most entertaining movies of the year.

It begins as Hadley (Jenkins) and Sitterson (Whitford) discuss baby-proofing in an office building. Cut to a gang of nubile youngsters, heading off to a remote cabin for fun and frolics. How might the two stories connect? And what’s going on in the cabin?

It’s remarkable to see a mainstream movie touch on so many fascinating, powerful ideas without losing sight of its prime directive: to scare the socks off its audience.

By Tom Huddleston
Time Out Doha,

The Cabin in the Woods

  • Duration: 95
  • Released: Thu, 19 Apr
  • Classification: 18+
  • Language: English
  • Director: Drew Goddard
  • Stars: Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford, Chris Hemsworth, Kristen Connolly, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams

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