But as thoroughly twisty and frightening as the story is, the film’s true star is really the unorthodox approach to such familiar material, something that Whedon is a master of. If anything, you wish every movie genre, from your average romantic comedy to shoot ‘em up action pic, could take a few cues from the cleverness of The Cabin in the Woods, just to liven things up a bit.

CAUTIONS:

  • Drugs/Alcohol: Social drinking and public drunkenness depicted. One character is quite the pot-smoker, and we see him engaging in marijuana use in several scenes. Mysterious chemicals cause several characters to behave strangely.
  • Language/Profanity: Expletives, particularly the “f” word, are used throughout, plus there are a few instances where God and Jesus’s names are taken in vain or paired with da--.
  • Sex/Nudity: Like many horror movies before it, there’s a “virgin” and a “whore” in the character mix. It’s suggested that the former, Dana, isn’t quite so “pure” but close enough for storytelling purposes. Dana struts around in a skimpy pair of panties and we see her begin undressing in front of a mysterious mirror. Meanwhile, Jules gets busy with Curt in the woods. It’s implied that Curt is giving her oral sex, and just as she unbuttons her shirt (her breasts in full view), their interactions come to an abrupt (and painful) end. There are also a few jokes and double entendres of a sexual nature. One character makes out with a stuffed wolf head (don’t ask) and performs a sexy dance routine while she’s rather drunk.
  • Violence: It’s impossible to describe the violent aspects without revealing too much about the plot, but like you’d expect from the horror genre, there is lots and lots of blood and people die in truly gruesome fashion (usually by stabbing or beheading).
     

Christa Banister is a full-time freelancer writer, specializing in music, movies and books-related reviews and interviews and is the author of two novels, Around the World in 80 Dates and Blessed Are the Meddlers. Based in Dallas, Texas, she also weighs in on various aspects of pop culture on her personal blogFor more information, including her upcoming book signings and sample chapters of her novels, check out her Website.