Nick Schager Reviews Cabin In The Woods

The Cabin in the Woods

Horror cinema subversiveness need not preclude actual horror, a fact that’s unfortunately lost onThe Cabin in the Woods, a brainchild of writer turned director Drew Goddard (CloverfieldLost) and co-writer Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) that sets aside actual scares for what’s-going-on suspense and diminishing-returns cleverness. Genre aficionados both, Goddard and Whedon are interested in playing with convention in slyly self-conscious ways throughout this collaboration, embracing clichés while reconfiguring them in ways that are both surprising and, more fundamentally, speak to the relationship between horror filmmaker and viewer. 

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