The Cabin In The Woods review

We review The Cabin In The Woods - the best horror comedy since The Evil Dead

The Cabin In The Woods poster

The Cabin In The Woods

Certificate: 15

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford

Release date: 2011

4 out of 5


Writer Joss Whedon turned the idea of the girl in danger horror movie convention on its head when he created Buffy The Vampire Slayer (in which the ditsy blonde fought back), and he changes the rules again (with the help of writer/director Drew Goddard) with this teen horror movie that is so much more.

A group of teens get together to head up to a pal’s cabin in the woods – among them is the virginal Dana (Kristen Connolly), athlete Cute (Hemsworth), studious Holden (Jesse Williams), sexy Jules (Anna Hutchinson) and stoner Marty (Fran Kranz) – and soon their lives are in danger and it looks like they may not make it out of the woods alive.

Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Think again, as while this embraces some of the conventions horror fans will recognise from movies like Friday The 13th and Hallowe’en, this also tears up the rule book and adds a completely ingenious element (which we won’t spoil here), plus a sharp script, hilarious moments and buckets of gore (this is NOT for younger viewers!).

Inventive, clever, funny and smart, this is the best horror comedy since The Evil Dead and a must-see for teens and adults who love smarts with their spooks. Go before any mean person tells you what happens (and strike them off your friends’ list if they do) and then keep the secret to yourself.

Is The Cabin In The Woods suitable for kids? Here are our parents’ notes...

Without wishing to reveal the plot, this has lots of moments of fantasy gore and horror and is definitely not suitable for children under the age of 15.

Sensitive teens over that age may also find the movie scary.

If you like this, why not try: Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Fright Night, The Lost Boys, The Faculty, The Hole,