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The Cabin in the Woods

  • Horror
  • Drama
  • 2010
  • Drew Goddard
  • 91 mins
  • 15

Summary

Horror thriller starring Chris Hemsworth and Kristen Connolly. Five college friends take a short break at a forest retreat hoping for some hedonistic fun. But this is no ordinary property.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Five friends on a forest retreat uncover an ancient conspiracy in this enterprising directorial debut from Drew Goddard (writer of Lost and Cloverfield) and producer Joss Whedon (Avengers Assemble). It's a witty deconstruction of fantasy genres in the post-modern Scream vein and a weirdly wonderful twist on the whole Evil Dead scenario that ensures continual surprises. Once past the halfway mark - annotated by a sudden trip into Japanese ghost territory - the unpredictable story gets even wilder. No shocker stone is left unturned, as creatures from our collective worst nightmares are invoked for unparalleled monster mayhem, leading to a daringly nihilistic Lovecraftian finale. The disparate elements are cemented together by a blackly comic script, some sly performances (from a cast including Richard Jenkins and Thor's Chris Hemsworth), a bravura last-minute cameo and a game-changing directorial vision. A remarkable and genuinely captivating original.

Credits

Cast

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DanaKristen Connolly
CurtChris Hemsworth
JulesAnna Hutchison
MartyFran Kranz
HoldenJesse Williams
SittersonRichard Jenkins
HadleyBradley Whitford
TrumanBrian White
The DirectorSigourney Weaver
LinAmy Acker
MordecaiTim De Zarn
Patience BucknerJodelle Ferland

Crew

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DirectorDrew Goddard

Details

Theatrical distributor
Lionsgate
Released on
2012-04-13
Languages
English | Japanese
Guidance
Violence, swearing, drug abuse, a sex scene, brief nudity.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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