Five generic teen stereotypes (The one who is good at sports like, the female lead, the stoner comic relief, the guy with glasses and the female with boobs) go on a generic camping holiday to stay at a generic creepy shed, all of a sudden some generic zombies try to have them on toast. So, is this generic? No. Not at all. Because that’s not even the plot to the movie, I mean that stuff does happen, but the real plot is actually really cool, and ridiculous (especially towards the end).
The whole going to the cabin in the woods for a holiday, is actually just a rouse designed by some guys in lab coats. Exactly why they have designed this remains unclear until right at the end. But this has a lot more to offer than your normal spoof of the well-known cabin in the woods sub-genre of horror. Where some lose some suspense and scares with the introduction of comedy, Cabin in the Woods remains quite frightening, and actually stands up as a standalone horror movie.
Some people may find the ridiculousness of the final act a turn off, but as long as you know you are in for a bumpy ride you will find it very enjoyable, and at points laugh out loud funny. There are small flaws, for me the gore levels could have been upped a little more, to truly pay homage to films like the evil dead, but maybe that is just me.
Overall, whether this be a homage or a spoof, importantly it is scary and funny in all the right places, in fact sometimes the same places. This is an incredibly fun hour and a half to spend. I highly recommend it.