The Cabin in the Woods

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“Not since Scream has a horror movie subverted the expectations that accompany the genre to such wicked effect.” — Peter Debruge, Variety

Director: Drew Goddard
Year: 2011
Country: USA
Running time: 94 mins
Censor Rating: R16 - violence, horror, drug use, offensive language
Genres: Comedy, Horror

Producer: Joss Whedon
Screenplay: Joss Whedon, Drew Goddard
Photography: Peter Deming
Editor: Lisa Lassek
Production designer: Martin Whist
Costume designer: Shawna Trpcic
Music: David Julyan

With: Kristen Connolly (Dana), Chris Hemsworth (Curt), Anna Hutchison (Jules), Fran Kranz (Marty), Jesse Williams (Holden), Richard Jenkins (Sitterson), Bradley Whitford (Hadley), Brian White (Truman), Amy Acker (Lin)

Festivals: SXSW 2012

If you want to watch a film that takes all your perceptions of the horror genre (the riches and the clichés), then rewrites the genre’s laws and creates an entirely new universe, full of twists, shocks and, most surprisingly, big laughs, then there’s a Cabin in the Woods with your name on it. New Zealand horror/Buffy/Avengers fans went Hulk-apalooza to get Joss Whedon’s acclaimed genre subversion onto the big screen where it belongs. If you can avoid reading up on this film in advance, your enjoyment of the shenanigans that lie ahead will increase tenfold. We begin as an archetypal group of college students – the jock, the scholar, the slut (NZ’s own Anna Hutchison), the funny pothead and the virgin (sounds familiar right?) – gather at a remote cabin for fun and games. But before a bong is hit or a top removed, this classic horror structure begins to crumble and the meta-fun of Whedon and Goddard’s playful script comes blazing into full effect.

The film manages to effectively comment on and embrace the types of films it’s dissecting, along with inside winks to Evil Dead, Friday the 13th, Clive Barker, Stephen King and J-Horror. Now it’s up to local fans to make one more compelling statement that there is a theatrical market for intelligent horror films by turning up en masse and blowing the roof off the The Civic/Embassy. — AT

“If Scream was a meta-hack-’em-up, Cabin takes five giant steps back to reveal a wider canvas, gleefully jumbling together every kind of modern horror picture, paranoid-conspiracy thrillers, Matrix-style sci-fi, and a dollop of H.P. Lovecraft.” — David Edelstein, New York Magazine


NZIFF STAFF PICKS: Natalie Gilberd

REVIEW: A Fistful of Culture - Dominic Pink (28 July 2012)
A.V. Club - Keith Phipps (12 April 2012) 


@faithashw Cabin in the Woods - a mesh of deconstruction, homage & parody of the horror genre. Gory, OTT & plain a good way.
@MsCarlyB Had the BEST start to the @nzff last night! Haven't enjoyed a movie as much as I've enjoyed 'Cabin in the Woods' in a long time.
@CalvinHDavidson The Cabin in the Woods at @nzff was ridiculouscrazyawesome. The most fun I've had at the cinema in ages
@Prettyboy_Jim mindblowing! Another full house at @CivicTheatreAkl well done 

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