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Screen Invasion’s Best Movies of 2012

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1.The Cabin in the Woods

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Director: Drew Goddard
Cast: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Jesse Williams, Fran Kranz, Bradley Whitford, Richard Jenkins
Number of votes: 57 (3 first place votes)

It’s one thing to make a great horror film, it’s another thing entirely to make a horror film that turns horror film tropes on their head while also explaining why those tropes exist. Funny, snappy, and so very Whedon, this is one of the most rewatchable horror movies ever made. Each viewing reveals another layer, a sight gag you may have missed, a throwaway line you laughed over the first time. – Kristal Bailey

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I didn’t think this would come narrowly close to falling out of my Top Ten, but here it is, easily one of my most rewatched films of the year. Hilarious, scary, smart, you name it. It runs the gamut of every emotion a movie can elicit out of you when watching. More movies like this need to be made, period. – J. C. DeLeon

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Originality is something that is hard to find these days when it comes to movies. Literally any kind of action, comedy, romantic movie you can think of likely draws from a previous movie in some way. But The Cabin in the Woods bucked the trend, providing a truly original masterpiece. The theme of the movie is one that has been recycled for years: a group of young friends go to a distant family members cabin. What’s the worst that could happen? What follows is one of the most surprising, edgy, and innovative masterpieces of the year, and one that draws the top spot on my list. If you haven’t seen this yet, go get it and watch it right now. – Kevin Taylor

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Many movies broke new ground this year, but none managed to turn an entire genre on its head as well as this stellar deconstruction of the horror film. Equally scary and funny (and never predictable), The Cabin in the Woods featured one of the best third act meta-twists ever. I’ve tried seeing a few standard horror flicks since, and I will admit that it is hard to take them seriously now. The Cabin in the Woods has forever colored my perception of one of my favorite genres, and that is no easy feat. – Daniel Johnson

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‘You think you know the story. You think you know the place. Think again.’ That’s the tagline for The Cabin In The Woods and it perfectly summarizes what makes Joss Whedon’s film so great. It takes your typical cabin in the woods horror in which five teenagers encounter strange activity in an isolated lake house and turns it on its head with unexpected surprises and unpredictable twists. However, The Cabin In The Woods equally serves as a critique of the clichés in horror cinema, playfully mocking the conventions we’ve come to expect from the genre and our preconceived notions of what such a film will offer. – Daniel Sarath

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This film just works on so many levels. And each one is awesome. Watching classic horror monsters battle each other and run amok totally kills it, but then realizing the whole experience is a giant joke on you, the audience: brilliant! – Sean Davis

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I love horror films and I loved Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Neither of these are always perfect, but The Cabin in the Woods showcased my favorite aspects of both – witty banter and surprise endings. – Lyndsey Miler

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It is rare that a film will rocket past even the loftiest of expectations and defy “Best of the Year” lists to instantly claim its right among “Best of All-Time” lists. The Cabin in the Woods is that film. Rookie Drew Goddard expertly directs the film I wish I made from a hilarious, terrifying, captivating, ingenious, masterfully-crafted script by the incomparable Joss Whedon. The elevator sequence goes down in history as one of the most memorable horror movie moments ever and leads in to a third act that even a non-fanboy would call a joyously entertaining cinematic spectacular. – Brian Rudloff

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For your Oscar consideration: The merman (all categories). – Eric Ambler

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Eric Ambler

Eric Ambler

Eric Ambler is a film critic and correspondent for Screen Invasion, as well as the founder of Ambler Amblog (https://ambleramblog.blogspot.com/). His parents named him after a Welsh spy novelist they found in a reference book. Someday he will get around to watching all the VHS tapes he bought at Goodwill.