Turning Horror Film Cliché on its (Severed) Head

“Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin in the woods, where they get more than they bargained for.” If that sounds like a film you’ve seen before, several times, that’s precisely the point.

With The Cabin in the Woods, writer/producer Joss Whedon aims to “revitalise” the horror film.

“The things I don’t like are kids acting like idiots; the devolution of the horror movie into torture porn and into a long series of sadistic comeuppance,” the Buffy creator grumbles.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

Hence a movie that kicks off with horror tropes galore — hello, old coot at the gas station with your sinister warning for the kids — but soon attempts to “turn the genre on its head”.

The result is like Scream meets The Truman Show, with the real monsters being not the zombies lurking in the lake but the humans pushing the buttons behind them. And good schlocky fun, it is, too.

With a story by Cloverfield writer Drew Goddard, various Whedon alumni (Buffy/Angel’s Tom Lenk; Dollhouse’s Fran Kranz) and Thor’s Chris Hemsworth, there’s certainly enough to keep the fanboys happy.

At least until they can see this month’s other Whedon release: a little movie called Avengers Assemble…

The Cabin in the Woods is out on now