At first glance Cabin in the Woods seems to be a cliché ridden slasher film with bad dialogue and eye-rolling plot development. But brace yourself: It's actually a compelling social commentary that is boldly unpredictable. A wonderfully constructed satire, it's the best culturally aware horror film since Scream. The film's first few minutes will have you scratching your head and wishing you'd opted for a foreign art film. Then the rug is pulled out from under the audience.
Like The Hunger Games, Cabin in the Woods is a cutting edge exploration of our obsession with watching others suffer. It presents an array of cinematic archetypes, the jock (Chris Hemsworth), the dumb/promiscuous blonde (Anna Hutchison), the wise/token ethnic guy (Jesse Williams), the stoner (Fran Kranz), and the virginal/naïve brunette (Kristen Connolly). The group sets out on a trip to a remote cabin and enjoy the perks of isolation. That is, until they decide to go into the basement. From then on it's a gripping freak fest of doom.
Horror fans will delight in the film's morose atmosphere and brashly comedic tone. To say more would spoil all the goodies that creators Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard have so ingeniously set up. Just see it for yourself.