It's Friday the 13th and The Cabin in the Woods is out this weekend! Co-written by Drew Goddard (who also directed) and Joss Whedon (who also produced), they're taking full advantage of this freaky Friday to get people to see the horror film. The movie centers on five college students who take a trip to a cabin for the weekend and soon realize it's not going to be the fun, relaxing weekend they had in mind.
Goddard and Whedon set out to make a movie that's both scary and self-aware -- sort of like the original Scream, but in a new, original way. One thing's almost certain: people who watch this movie will walk out talking about whether they love it or hate it, there won't be much room for in between. So, where do we stand? Here's 5 reasons we think you should watch The Cabin in the Woods.
1. It's not actually all that scary. Anybody going to this expecting Paranormal Activity or even Saw might be disappointed. On the other hand, anybody who was avoiding it because they were worried they'd have nightmares can relax!
2. It's much funnier than you'd expect. Whether it's the snarky humor we're used to from Whedon's other works, like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, or the ridiculous situations people find themselves in, there are a lot of laughs in this film.
3. The acting isn't terrible. This doesn't sound like a compliment, but it is. Scary movies are known for bad acting and this movie pokes fun at that as well. Characters become caricatures, but you know that's what they're supposed to be.
4. Eye candy. We can't ignore how attractive the leads are in this. Sorry!
5. It's a smart, fun movie. This movie is about expectations. People who expect a traditional scary movie will be disappointed, but anybody with an open mind will quickly realize what's going on and enjoy the ride.
Will you watch The Cabin in the Woods this weekend?