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The Cabin in the Woods

Rated R 105 minutes 2012

Sort of a postmodern Scooby-Doo, this horror flick by Buffy the Vampire Slayer collaborators Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard cuts between a familiar story of five college kids being hunted by zombies at the title location and scenes of two snarky white-collar technicians (Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford) monitoring the slaughter from a NASA-type control center. Because the first narrative is so crushingly generic (which turns out to be the point), most of the amusement derives from trying to figure out what the second one is all about. I'm not sure I ever did, but the climactic one-two punch of special-effects chaos and meta-movie chin stroking should have the fanboys trembling with delight. Goddard directed; Whedon produced.

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Director: Drew Goddard

Producer: Joss Whedon and Jason Clark

Cast: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford, Brian White, Amy Acker, Tom Lenk and Sigourney Weaver


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