The Cabin in the Woods

Like a breath of fresh air through a musty room.

Poking good-natured fun at horror film tropes, this blast of gore-encrusted hijinks delights on first viewing thanks to its twists and turns, but also holds up to repeat examination.

Its sardonic sense of humor carries the day, but the film also works as a lovingly-crafted tribute to the run-and-shriek films which came before – some good, a lot really bad.

The more films you’ve seen where teenagers are bedeviled by maniacs of all shapes and sizes, the deeper the jokes hit.

Turn the lights down low, and let the carnage ensue.