It's so hard to write about movies like this without spoiling the plot, which is what makes 'The Cabin In The Woods' such a treat in the first place. Then again, to say "movies like this" would imply that there are other flicks out there like this one.
I admittedly am not a huge horror fan, so it takes alot for the genre to to peak my interest enough to see something in theaters. Thinking back, the last horror movie I saw in theaters was 2005's 'The Descent' (which was awesome). After hearing that 'The Cabin In The Woods' was an original take on the horror movie, I decided to bypass any further details and simply check it out myself. I was not disappointed.
5 naive college students head to the mountains on Spring Break to get drunk and fool around. There's a jock (played by a less-Thor-looking Chris Hemsworth), a slut, a nerd, a prude, and a pothead. They slowly realize that things aren't what they seem... then bad stuff happens. Sound familiar? It is... but that's the point.
'The Cabin In The Woods' is both tongue-in-cheek and takes itself seriously; it's something we've all seen before and yet it's wholey original. Confused? Good. Drew Goddard, the director, wouldn't have it any other way. He expertly deconstructs the stereotypes played upon in every "cabin horror" movie the same way Wes Craven tackled the slasher movie in 'Scream'. Goddard infuses humor to go along with the scares a la Sam Raimi's 'Evil Dead'. And those are the two best compliments I can pay to 'The Cabin In The Woods'.
I could dance around the specifics for another 500 words or you could just trust me and see the damn movie. It's strange, it's funny, it's original, it's cool. I mean, where else can you watch a dude beat up a zombie with a bong disguised as a travel coffee mug??
Verdict: SEE IT BEFORE SOMEONE RUINS IT FOR YOU!