Friday Flicks: Critics Find The Cabin in the Woods Frightfully Fun

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The Cabin in the Woods

Tagline: You think you know the story.

What else does horror have up its sleeve to be able to shock us? Obituaries have been written and published to such effect over the years that there seems to be plenty riding on The Cabin in the Woods to breathe new life into a genre of film which specializes in death.

But reports of horror’s death have been greatly exaggerated, if the reaction to Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard’s movie is anything to go by. And it’s all the more surprising when you find out what we do have to go by: Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods, and bad things happen. Not exactly earth-shattering. But throw into the mix a diary found in the – but of course! — creepy basement, resplendent with Latin scribblings, and events get even livelier. And to say any more would truly be to give the game away.

So read these rave reviews at your peril. “It works thrillingly for audiences, especially the pointy-headed kind who have been trained to predict the outcomes of every week’s slasher,” notes Time Out New York. “Is it scary?” asks New York magazine. “Not especially. But there are enough gory surprises around every bend to keep you laughing/screaming/cringing.” And the Associated Press gets to the heart of the matter by analyzing how this movie is just what we and horror in general needs: “As Goddard and Whedon jump back and forth, the pieces snap into place; then just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, they throw something else at you.”

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