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“The Cabin in The Woods”: Plays on Genre Stereotypes

Joss Whedon says it makes a final statement about the horror genre

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Judging from the trailer this is just one more carbon copy of a horror movie: The teenagers are hot, restless, sexually charged, wrangled into a winnebago, and accompanied by a joint rolling geek. Oh, and before I forget, they stop at some grungy gas station and talk to a tobacco chewing weirdo. How original!

But maybe the movie is deeper than it looks. Lewis Wallace, writer for Underwire, says “The Cabin in the Woods takes one of Hollywood’s most mundane setups and turns it into a smart sendup of horror movies and mythology.” He added that it is “far more Evil Dead than Saw.”

Joss Whedon produced the film and says the potential cult classic explodes and celebrates the horror genre. Whedon is best known as the creator of the television series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (1997–2003), “Angel” (1999–2004), “Firefly” (2002) and “Dollhouse” (2009–2010). He says that he had a blast writing with Drew Goddard as they infused the script with their collective brand of comedy.

When asked what his favorite movie twist of all time was he said it was The Sixth Sense because he didn’t get to see any spoilers.

The movie is currently rated on the TOMATOMETER at 93% by critics and 81% by the audience.

Happy Friday the 13th everyone!

“The Cabin in The Woods”: Plays on Genre Stereotypes
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