Much as I love Joss Whedon, _Cabin in the Woods_ reminds me of exactly why I don’t much care for gory horror flicks. Part of the problem is that I have too much empathy for the characters, and their suffering messes with my head (and heart). Some people get off on this; I’m not one of them. That said, there were, in typical Whedon form, some seriously laugh-out-loud moments in the film, especially in the first half hour. And also in typical form, he’s not afraid to torture the characters he makes you love, all while putting his own particular spin on the horror genre and throwing in twists that take the story places you don’t necessarily expect. But this is probably the only Whedon creation that I’ll watch only once.
I had to use James Cameron’s Avatar as a palette cleanser aftwerward.