'The Cabin in the Woods,' written by Joss Whedon (Buffy The Vampire Slayer & Avengers) and Drew Goddard (Cloverfield) who also directed, is one of the most clever horror films I've seen in a really long time.
Without giving too much away, here's the scenario: Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods and really horrible things start to happen to them. But trust me, it's not what you think or what you've come to expect from your classic horror film.
For me, the highlight of the film involves a group lead by Bradley Whitford and Richard Jenkins and if I told you their involvement it would spoil the film. So, I'll hold off and just say that this piece makes the film a true original!
'The Cabin in the Woods' turns the horror genre on its head. The film is a satire and pays homage to some of the great scary movies from the past. Sam Raimi's 'Evil Dead', Dario Argento's 'Suspira' as well as those creepy Japanese ghost stories, that I'm addicted to, even though they keep me up all night.
The cast is perfect for this kind of movie. Anna Hutchison is Jules, the pretty, sexy blond who loves to party. Kristen Connolly is Dana, the virgin. Chris Hemsworth, (Mr. Thor) is Curt, the good looking/eye candy dude. Fran Kranz is Marty the pot smoking, paranoid, guy without a date and finally… there's Jesse Williams as Holden, the hot intellectual who can read.
I gave 'The Cabin in the Woods' 4 bagels out of 5. John, who created one of the great horror films of the 20th century (Faces Of Death) turns out not to be a big fan of this genre, after all. Now that's irony.
Check out our video to see John scare me and to find out his thoughts.
'The Cabin in the Woods' opens in theatres April the 13th, which happens to be a Friday. Do not miss it.