The Cabin in the Woods ★★★★★

This movie takes the familiar horror movie tropes of a secluded cabin in the woods & the cliched assortment of young people on a road trip and turns it on its head. From the opening of the movie we are introduced to a set up that is already unconventional, from there the movie keeps unraveling new layers, all the while serving up some trademark dialogue and humor from producer/co-writer Joss Whedon. As the scares and body count rises & the story further reveals itself, I couldn't help but get sucked into this world that Goddard and Whedon have created for the cast of characters. The whole cast was also fantastic, handling serious and funny perfectly & Fran Kranz was awesome. Holding all the various elements together is Drew Goddard, Director/Co-Writer, bringing his own out there sensibilities to the screen and really making a great looking film as well. From its whacked out premise to its fun script & its gory conclusions, this is a horror classic in the making. Highly Recommended!