A very clever meta horror comedy on the classic horror in the woods formula. This film is so unpredictable and clever you should stop reading this review, avoid the trailer, and watch the film.
Five university kids head off in an RV to go to a cabin in the woods for the weekend. Leading them is handsome football player Curt (Hemsworth) and his girlfriend Jules (Hutchison). Jules’s best fried Dana (Connolly) is nursing heartache and has been set up with another football player named Holden. Also in on the action is Marty (Kranz), a stoner philosopher. The cabin they head to is so remote it does not show up on GPS and the only person around is a sinister garage owner who issues a stark warning about the history of the place. What the five do not know is that there is more to this cabin than they could have ever imagined.
Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard certainly have the talent to overturn an entire genre. They have created or worked on some of television’s biggest hits including Lost, Alias, Buffy, Angel, Dollhouse and Firefly. In movie terms Goddard wrote Cloverfield while Whedon helped write Toy Story and derailed the Alien franchise with Alien Resurrection. Here they give a post-modern twist to the horror genre and it is so brilliantly inventive, funny, clever, and unexpected.