Friday the 13th is a little bit of a predictable date to release a horror movie. But when you know Joss Whedon (creator of Buffy/Firefly/Dollhouse) is behind ‘Cabin in The Woods’, it’s going to be the only predictable thing.
Along with fellow Buffy writer Drew Goddard (who also worked on Lost), Whedon has come up with the most original slasher/monster/zombie movie in, well, ever. It’s entertaining, funny, it will have you laughing out loud and you’ll never be bored. In fact, probably the worst thing about this is that you’ll only be able watch it for the first time once. It’s a masterclass in warped storytelling and given Whedon’s past, I wouldn’t expect anything less.
The ‘Scooby Gang’ idea from Buffy is taken one step further in ‘Cabin in The Woods’ and features Chris Hemsworth (Home and Away) as the jock and the ‘Shaggy’ character could easily be bestowed upon Fran Kranz (Dollhouse), who beautifully plays stoner, Marty.
This is an adventurous journey into film making. For the Whedon fans, it’s Adam’s siblings in the Initative vs Scooby Doo vs Buffy’s Season five finale, except better. For everyone else, it’s quirky, jerky, weird and will make you go ‘What the f-?’ a few times and it also features one of the best cameos ever.
The only way this could get any better was if Joss Whedon came to my house, cooked me dinner and gave me a live commentary in my living room. The best ninety five minutes of 2012 so far, beyond excellent.
(Could you tell I liked it?, I’m going to see it again)