The Cabin in the Woods ★★★★★

So it turns out Joss Whedon makes his best films when he’s directing second unit. The Cabin in the Woods, which he co-wrote with Cloverfield scribe Drew Goddard (also making his directorial debut), is a crowd-pleasing re-invention of the horror genre in a way that perhaps only Whedon could have imagined. Explaining a shred of the plot would ruin the surprise: simply fill a room with like-minded souls and press play (while you don’t strictly need to be a fan of the genre, any student of horror will be well rewarded along the way). Excessive, hilarious and cleverly original.

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