Starring Richard Jenkins (Let Me In), Bradley Whitford, Kristen Connolly (the upcoming The Bay), Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Anna Hutchison.
Written by Joss Whedon (creator of "Buffy The Vampire Slayer") and Drew Goddard (Cloverfield).
Directed by Drew Goddard.
Lionsgate. MPAA Rating: R
Opens Friday, 04/13 in theaters everywhere.
Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods. Bad things happen.
At long last, Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard's genre-bender hits theaters, after being shelved for nearly 2 years by Lionsgate for no discernible reason.
The Cabin In The Woods was shot, edited, and ready to go long before co-star Chris Hemsworth was swinging the blockbuster hammer of Thor. Usually when a film's release gets delayed repeatedly, it spells trouble. Either the film is a real turkey, or the studio is having major financial woes and cannot afford to launch a proper marketing campaign (ala that other pre-superhero Hemsworth vehicle, MGM's still-in-limbo redux of Red Dawn).
But neither scenario applies here. Advance word by both critics and fans lucky enough to catch a sneak preview has been insanely enthusiastic about this clever, twist-laden take on the usual "teens trapped in the woods" slasher cliches. So anyone's guess as to why the hold up from Lionsgate is as good as mine.
For horror fans, this film has become quite the event. Whedon and Goddard have apparently crafted a film that promises to be full of surprises and shocks, with a healthy dash of Whedon's trademark wit added to the whole bloody stew. Those who have seen it are thankfully remaining tight-lipped about giving away too many plot points, so as not to spoil whatever is in store for the rest of us.
I, personally, am excited for this. I count myself amongst the Whedon faithful, and will definitely be checking it out ASAP.
Here's hoping that it's the big-time thrill ride that all the hype has promised.