Director: Drew Goddard
Starring: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth and Anna Hutchison
The opening sequence to The Cabin in the Woods looks promisingly horror-esque and definitely gory, which proves first impressions are everything.
Confusing everyone slightly, it jumps straight in at two average looking Joe’s talking about what’s ahead of them at work (thought it was a horror?) but before it seems the scare factor has been lost, the films title literally knocks you out your seat.
With director Drew Goddard (Cloverfield) and co-writer Joss Whedon (Lost, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) it’s obvious there are going to be a few clichés chucked in, just for good measure. Proven when we see slim, attractive Dana (Kristen Connolly) prancing around in her underwear (horror film girls hate trousers!) getting ready for a vacation. Enter another ridiculously good looking female, Jules (Anna Hutchison) and her hunky boyfriend Curt (Chris Hemsworth) being the attractive couple that they should.
Obviously there’s also a nice guy, Holden (Jesse Williams) and a stoner, Marty (Fran Kranz) as no horror film would be complete without all the stereotypical characters.
Sitterson (Richard Jenkins) and Hadley (Bradley Whitford) provide most of the comedy (yes, it’s funny too) for this film, which makes them a possibly lovable duo, although they shouldn’t be. Like nothing seen before, this film drags up remains of gory, dirty horror films (including Zombies!) from all walks of directors and puts it into one. There’s no way to describe this film without giving it away, but if you like blood, death, blood, gore, a giggle and more blood, definitely go see it now.