Rave reviews for new horror flick

Chris Hemsworth is an actor in the upcoming horror film 'Cabin in the Woods'.
Chris Hemsworth is an actor in the upcoming horror film 'Cabin in the Woods'.

A NEW horror film starring former Shortland Street actress Anna Hutchison is receiving rave reviews, with critics saying it has reinvigorated a flagging genre.

Cabin in the Woods, directed by Drew Goddard and co-written by Joss Whedon, has received a whopping 95 per cent approval rating on review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes.

Only a handful of horror films have a better rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with Let the Right One in at 98 per cent, and Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho at 99 per cent.

Originally slated for release in 2010, the film went into limbo after studio MGM went bankrupt and is only just now being released in America.

It follows a group of young students on a weekend getaway when things go horribly wrong.

Hutchison, who has starred in TV shows Go Girls and Underbelly, plays Jules Louden, one of the teens.

Reviewers have heaped overwhelming praise on the film, with Film.com's Eric D Snider calling it "deliriously satisfying".

"The idea is to set up a movie we've seen a hundred times before, and then to rearrange it into something new and deliriously satisfying," he said, giving the film an 'A' grade.

"What a fun, brilliant movie this is."

Digital Spy's Simon Reynolds continued the compliments: "Cabin in the Woods is witty, scary and incredibly inventive. This is a must-see genre-bending horror movie - miss it at your peril."

Variety's Peter Debruge said it subverted horror expectations in a style similar to Scream, and called it "a sly, self-conscious twist on one of slasher films' ugliest stepchildren: the coed campsite massacre".

HitFix's Drew McWeeny said Cabin in the Woods made up for years of terrible horror films.

"(It's) not just a great horror film, but also a thesis on why we need horror films and what role they serve in our diet."

Only one reviewer has given it a negative rating, with The Hollywood Reporter's David Rooney giving it two-and-a-half stars out of five.

A New Zealand release date for Cabin in the Woods hasn't yet been set.

Topics:  chris hemsworth movie review

FACEBOOK FEEDBACK: Is it a double standard?

Qld Police badge

Bundaberg readers have their say

Bundy Club raises more money for local charities

CHARITY: Liz Fulloon from Hinkler, Hayley Nissen from the Guardian and world champion surfer Layne Beachley present Bundaberg Regional Council Mayor Jack Demspey with a cheque for $4290 towards his Christmas appeal at the Bundy Club on Friday night.

Bundy Club raises money for charity

Watch out for river work if you are on the Burnett

Excavations at the Strathdees Road boat ramp.

Boaties warned to keep an eye out

Local Partners

Watch out for river work if you are on the Burnett

BOATIES using the reaches of the Burnett River near Strathdee's boat ramp may notice a barge undertaking work

Men's Shed to open soon

MEN'S SHED: Rob Miller and Col Driver at the new Gayndah Men's Shed.

The Gayndah Men's Shed is ready to open

Former Split Enz front man Tim Finn finds new niche

Singer Tim Finn has written the music for theatre production Ladies in Black.

Musician finds his way to theatre

Workshops to show you how to bring puppets to life

STRING SECTION: Two puppet-making workshops will be held in the region.

Ever wanted to know how to make puppets?

Leonardo DiCaprio nearly drowned while filming

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio

Oscar winner almost drowned in Galapagos

Miranda Kerr to wed next year

Supermodel Miranda Kerr

Supermodel and Snapchat founder to wed

What's on the small screen this week

Georgia Love pictured in a scene from The Bachelorette finale.

TWO big reality shows wrap up this week while

Brad Pitt won't file legal response to divorce petition

Brad reportedly refused to send off the paperwork

Azealia Banks won't take legal action against Russell Crowe

Rapper Azealia Banks

Rapper drops legal action against Russell Crowe

Brad Pitt meets with his kids amid divorce proceedings

Actor Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt has met up with his oldest son Maddox

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.

What our mayor thinks of the new draft SEQPlan

The plan to use the innovative technology as part of the new Maroochydore CBD was cemented on site today when Mayor Mark Jamieson and Envac Asia Region president Chun Yong Ha formally signed the contract for the $20 million underground waste collection system.

New plan accommodates Sunshine Coast Council's vision for growth.

Dusit Thani finance crisis 'just a small hiccup'

ON TRACK: Springfield Land Chairman, Maha Sinnathamby, Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale, Developer Richard Turner and Springfield Land Deputy Chairman, Bob Sharpless, at the recent resort sod turning ceremony.

Property developer says project remains firmly on track