#8: The Cabin In the Woods
Leave it to Joss Whedon to bring horror out of the shadows! This year even critics who can't stand the genre rallied behind Whedon and co-writer/director Drew Goddard's inventive and disturbing commentary on modern horror. On its surface, it's a movie about twenty-somethings being tortured and slaughtered during a weekend excursion in the woods, a pretty common horror premise. But Goddard and Whedon built a world that goes far beyond (or beneath) this simple story to draw attention to the people who create such terror-filled tales, as well as the audience they are aiming to please. The Cabin In the Woods forces us re-evaluate horror iconography, while playfully calling out our love of carnage, and delivering a sick, entertaining and at times hilarious adventure. It was a badass accomplishment and one of the most fun viewing experiences of the year.

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