“In Cabin, [Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon] mimic and lampoon genre tropes for comic effect, but also to encourage viewers to examine how these tropes work, and do a little soul-searching about how easy it is to buy into them and dismiss the humanity of horror victims. But at the same time, they take advantage of stereotypes, getting the same benefits out of them as any straight-horror filmmaker. Cabin’s biggest strength is how capably it can perform multiple tasks at once, upending horror-film language for thoughtful and playful effect.”

In the Keynote essay for our Movie Of The Week, Cabin In The Woods, Tasha Robinson examines how the film embraces the old Onion adage, “Stereotypes are a real time-saver.” [Read more…]