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US 95m, Colour
Director: Drew Goddard; Cast: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford
As satire of the horror genre, The Cabin in the Woods is also a post-modern homage to horror films. It simultaneously plays and pokes fun at the stereotypes in the genre in a manner which is unexpectedly engaging. In not taking itself too seriously, it uses well-worn plot devices as the basis for the horror elements and sets them in a surprising context which provides much of the film’s black humour. The Cabin in the Woods offers little for a viewer who does not have a basic background in the horror genre, and offers more than you might imagine for fans well-versed in the last thirty years of scary cinema (Klaus Ming May 2010).