Synopsis: Five friends decide to go on a weekend break to a log cabin in the middle of nowhere. No communications, no stress, no worries…or so they think. They get a great deal more than they were hoping for in this innocent looking holiday home…
Main Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Kristen Connolly, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams, Bradley Whitford, Richard Jenkins
The Hype: Written by Joss Whedon of Buffy , Firefly and The Avengers fame and Drew Goddard who wrote the movie Cloverfield, it is a partnership that has produced hits in the past on the small screen. Following on from his success with The Avengers, Whedon is back in the horror genre and there was a good buzz about this movie. Some critics are calling it the “revitalisation of the horror genre” just as the Scream series of movies did in the 90s.
What I Thought: It’s rubbish, but its entertaining rubbish. Upon first glance it just looks like a horror/thriller like any other until it dawns on you (quite quickly by the way) what is going on. The movie takes a sideswipe at horrors of the past and takes an especially big dig at “torture horror” such as films like The Human Centipede. The actual gore-fest that occurs is pretty typical, but the story and the dark humour that is injected into the plot made it a decent watch. It is no surprise that it was a hit at the box office and I think there may be more movies attempt this style. So hats off to Whedon and Goddard for an original take on a genre that actually has you rooting for the bad guys. They made it fun rather than just up to date (see Scream…again).
Conclusions: Crap, but fun and original with some great humour which gets it a better mark here. Bradley Whitford who delights me in most roles he plays is a particular highlight. Worth a watch if you get what the makers are trying to achieve.