It was around this time last year that moviegoers were rewarded for their perseverance through the inconsistent period of five genesis movies with the breathtaking Avengers Assemble. With eye-popping action, acute self-awareness and exemplary Hollywood conventions, Joss Whedon’s incredibly successful blockbuster may not have redefined the popular superhero genre, but it did set a remarkably high standard for any film or filmmaker who dared to follow.
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The rules have changed. Didn’t you get the memo?
Early 2012 saw the release of The Cabin in the Woods, an exemplary analysis of modern horror films where its creators, Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon, exposed the popular genre’s contemporary conventions. This genre-changing film has had a lasting effect on mainstream audiences’ reception of horrors; they now expect innovation and a higher standard – and this is the undoing of Scott Derrickson’s Sinister.
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Telling the same story, but in a slightly different way.
The middle part of 2012 proved incredibly popular for the superhero genre as three monumental blockbusters dominated the summer releases. Whedon’s stunning culmination of Marvel’s most famous heroes in Avengers Assemble, the breathtaking conclusion to Nolan’s trilogy and even a new Spiderman film – each of these films, though focussed on different concepts, are all anchored to the same genre shift.
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If you go into the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise
Joss Whedon and debut director Drew Goddard have embarked on creating a unique horror experience that, much like Scream (1996), pays homage to the traditional form of the genre, whilst critiquing the tired conventions of its contemporary equivalent.The Cabin in the Woods reflects the originality Whedon fulfilled with Buffy the Vampire Slayer and it is so typical of him to bring a refreshing approach to a genre that has been done to a repeated, rather grizzly death. Continue reading The Cabin in the Woods Review