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The Cabin in the Woods is a horror movie co-written by Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard and directed by Goddard, and it's kind of a backhanded dig at the whole genre.

The movie is ostensibly about a group of college kids that go to the woods to see Curt's (Chris Hemsworth) cousin's cabin, have sex, get slaughtered. Ah, but not really. The movie actually opens with two technicians (Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford) preparing for some big operation. Turns out that the kids getting killed is the operation, and it's a larger ritual to sacrifice them to ancient, sleeping gods, lest the whole world be destroyed.

The kids call up some pain-worshipping zombies, but that's only because Dana (Kristen Connolly) reads from the right book. The basement of the cabin is filled with artifacts, each connected to a creature of legend and nightmare. It's fun to imagine how different the movie would have been had they called up Fornicus, the Hell-lord. Or the giant snake. Or the witches. Or the sexy witches.

In the end, Dana and her friend Marty (Fran Kranz) escape into the underground facility and turn loose the monsters on the staff. And given the choice between dying with the world and dying for it, they choose "fuck it," watch as the Director (Sigourney Weaver in an amazing cameo) dies in a fire, and then light up a joint as the Ancient Ones rise. It's kind of a "fuck you" to the audience, and to every horror film - "you were gonna kill us, right?" it seems to say. "Well, no. This time, we kill you."

Cabin is exactly my kind of nerdy, because it's meta, and it gives me lots of little connections to find and tidbits to observe. And through it all, none of the characters are flat or boring. It's exciting, if not scary (but movies don't scare me often anyway). I really looked forward to owning this one.

My grade: A
Rewatch value: High

Next up: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

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