Pick of the Week – October 6-12, 2014

The month of Halloween has arrived, and, as this site is vaguely vampire-themed (“Very!  I mean VERY!  Sorry, most beloved site mistress!), it seemed appropriate to spend the next few weeks offering up picks appropriate to the season (Is Halloween a season?  Does it even count anymore?  My local warehouse store had Christmas decorations for sale in mid-September.  At this rate, they’ll be selling costumes for next Halloween before this Halloween even arrives.)

First, a bit of a confession: I’ve never been big on Halloween.  I know I went trick-or-treating as a kid, but I stopped around 4th or 5th grade.  I figured out I had a much better time staying home and handing out candy.  My parents bought candy I liked, so I didn’t have to worry about getting a basket full of Smarties (Ick) and other garbage,  Instead I could hang out at home, free of the confines of a crappy vinyl and plastic costume and mask (That’s what we had in the 80s.  Kids, ask your parents.  I’m sure they have photos.), eating candy I actually enjoyed while getting to see the other kids’ costumes.

I’ve also never been a fan of being scared or horror movies.  Great set up for a month of Halloween picks, I know.  And, despite everything I just said, this week’s pick is a horror movie.

The Cabin in the Woods

If you’ve never seen it, see it.  Now.

I’m not going to say anything about the plot of the film.  This is one of those movies that it is absolutely best to go into with as little foreknowledge as possible.  I will, however, give you a couple of reasons to see it:

1)      It was co-written by Joss Whedon. 

2)      The other writer and director, Drew Goddard, worked on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel.

3)      The film has a 92% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.com.

4)      One of the stars is a pre-Thor Chris Hemsworth.

5)      Did I mention Joss Whedon?

The Cabin in the Woods is a fun film written by two guys who really know the genre.  Just watch it.  Trust me.

- Alan Decker

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