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As part of my eternal quest to see everything that Joss Whedon has ever worked on, I sat down with a fellow fan to watch one his most recent movies. I was kind of nervous about watching it, because I tend to freak out spectacularly during horror movies. Or even movies that I think are going to be scary.
I needn't have worried; Cabin in the Woods is really a movie about horror movie tropes (I bet the TV Tropes page for this movie is pretty long) and it is hilarious. As always Joss Whedon writes the wittiest dialogue I have ever had the pleasure of hearing, and the overall meta-ness of the story appealed to the part of me that loves analysing movies.
I have gotten used to having multiple episodes or movies to get to know the characters, and I feel like a 96 minute movie isn't enough to really do them justice (they were really well-written and well-acted) but as far as the story goes it was the right length.
There was a surprising number of actors that I recognized, including several from Stargate Universe and Stargate Atlantis. I was also told that some of the main actors had been in other shows of Whedon's, so I'll be seeing more of them in the future.
I highly recommend this movie to anyone who doesn't throw up at the sight of blood (it is rated R for a reason.) I know for a fact that it is free for Amazon Prime members, and I hear that it is on Netflix.