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This is a guest post by Samantha Gray.

While there was a lot of hype about this film when it was first in theaters, now that The Avengers is breaking all the box office records many seem to have forgotten all about this little horror film. The Cabin in the Woods was one of those movies that marketed itself as a typical gory horror film “with a twist you could never imagine (!!)”. Immediately, critics raved about the film – “breaking expectations”, “taking chances”, “making a statement”. Though its clever marketing strategy made many people think that the film was the perfect end of semester movie for college students and hopeful high schoolers everywhere, it truly does have a lot to offer most any movie goer.

The film’s creators, Whedon and Goddard, are not new to the genre of horror really. Whedon created everyone’s favorite vampire slayer Buffy and Goddard wrote the 2008 action/horror hit Cloverfield. Not huge resumes, but fitting once you’ve seen the film. For the sake of leaving the mystery as mystery, I’m going to do my best to not spoil the film for all of you (because I know you’ll run out and watch it right when you finish reading, right?). Created as a film commentary in and of itself, Whedon and Goddard take a stab at what the “horror” genre seems to have become in recent years. With serious money-earning movies like the Saw franchise, Hostel, and so many more taking shock horror and “torture porn” to a whole new level, the filmmakers of Cabin were obviously fed up some.

Starting like any other film of its kind, Cabin introduces five clueless college students hoping into a beat up RV heading for Spring Break in a secluded cabin. Typical. This is exactly what the film is going for—it wants you to think it’s just like all other college horror films. There are hot girls, jock boys, the nerdy guy, and a creepy house. What could possibly go wrong? The film doesn’t exactly attempt to take your expectations of the genre and flip them on their head. It’s not that the film goes in a completely different direction as far as the horror genre goes. Whedon and Goddard are playing with your expectations. The film asks you why you expect what you do. It’s introspective and very self-aware.

If you’re looking for classic horror, Cabin will likely meet those wishes. But it is also a comedy and a commentary and so much more. Seemingly seeking to redefine the horror genre, Cabin points its finger at itself and says “what’s up with these monsters and blood and sex and everything else that goes with the traditional horror picture”. As a movie-goer, I found the film’s horror aspects somewhat dull (which I was absolutely intentional), but its thought-provoking commentary on film, genre, and criticism as a whole was intriguing and unique. Check out the film. I know this review was vague, but you’ll thank me after you see it. See it!

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This guest contribution was submitted by Samantha Gray, who specializes in writing about online bachelors degree. Questions and comments can be sent to: samanthagray024@gmail.com.