The Cabin in the Woods **

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New on Blu-ray is Drew Goddard’s supremely fun horror-comedy The Cabin in the Woods. Fans of Goddard and his producer Joss Whedon will enjoy their legendary cleverness as well as some beloved actors from the Whedonverse making appearances. Stealing the show are Bradley Whitford and Richard Jenkins as a couple of working stiffs whose job isn’t quite what it seems. People who can spot the genre conventions being played with will adore this film. Made for horror fans!

Going back in time and across the Pacific, the entire Daimajin trilogy just got a glorious Blu-ray treatment. Originally from Daiei, the company that gave us Gamera, Daimajin is a unique genre mash-up of period samurai and giant monster movie. Unlike the Gamera films from the same decade, the Daimajin films are more serious in tone, featuring a giant statue of a folk God affecting the lives of the people around it.

The Cabin in the Woods (USA) 2012, Lionsgate
List price: $34.99

Daimajin Triple Feature Collector’s Edition (Japan) 1966, Mill Creek Entertainment
List price: $24.98

Reviewed by Miguel Rodriguez, Organizer, hifilmfest.com

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