Your typical group goes off to your typical cabin far away in the woods where help would be hard to find. The characters are your standard horror film characters; the jock, the sexy cheerleader girlfriend, the unlikely nerd/stoner that is friends with them and the virginal girl. Unlike most films that prefer to stick to these tropes out of laziness or because they know their script won't be produced otherwise, this is all part of a greater tale.
The effects in this film are well handled for the most part. We miss out on what could have been some great gory moments because of cutaways and we aren't sure why. The film is already R rated and it wouldn't have had to be over the top. The missed opportunity is something that was felt and, while not necessary, would have added a bit more horror into this horror/comedy.
This Josh Whedon (and Drew Goddard) penned horror film stands out above most of the other formulaic horror films that have been released in recent memory. It is a horror/comedy, but at times we weren't sure which it was trying to be. Maybe they met this balance too well or maybe we were hoping for a tad more horror, but this is all trivial. This film falls into one of those categories where the less you are told/see beforehand the better. Much like "Triangle," which we refused to post a trailer for and just asked that you take the risk, we ask you do the same once more.