The Cabin in the Woods

Rated 4.0

The Cabin in the Woods: This crazy rule-bender comes from writer/director Drew Goddard and co-writer Joss Whedon, the father of TV’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer and hero to many a geek. It’s quite clever, maybe even a little too clever at times. The setup sees a typical sampling of college students getting ready for a vacation at the lake. They are Curt the Jock (Chris Hemsworth, a.k.a. Thor!), Dana the Almost Virgin (Kristen Connolly), Jules the Whore (Anna Hutchison), Holden the Hot Nerd (Jesse Williams) and Marty the Wisecracking Stoner (Fran Kranz). At the same time, we see two working stiffs (Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford) reporting to their very peculiar jobs, the details of which will not be given away. The film works as both a straight-up horror film and a funny homage to the genre, with plenty of great reveals and twists along the way, including an awesome final cameo. It sat on shelves for three years, and we finally get to see it. Yay!