By all accounts, one of the coolest things about Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon’s upcoming horror movie The Cabin in the Woods is that it’s layered with all sorts of surprises. So if you want to be able to experience it completely fresh, it would probably be best to not watch any trailers. Heck, it would probably be best if you stopped reading this text too. Probably you should just lock yourself in your bedroom and keep your head under a pillow for the next month.

But for those less nervous about getting a glimpse of what this thriller has to offer, there’s a new trailer on the web being hosted by the folks at Fearnet. The important question is, does it reveal too much? That could only definitively be answered by those that have seen the film, but so far it seems like the answer is yes. Read on only if you’re not afraid of no spoilers.

One of the big hooks of Cabin in the Woods seems to be that this is no normal cabin, but actually some sort of high tech killing floor covered in electric fences, monitor rooms, and mysterious industrial elevators to who knows where. We see scenes with creepy birds attacking from the sky, mysterious SWAT teams storming some sort of complex, and a couple of weirdos wearing rape masks. Isn’t this all a little bit too much? Shouldn’t we be able to go into this movie thinking that it’s just going to be your typical college kids killed by hillbillies out in the woods tale?

The answer to that question isn’t clear yet, but the important thing to note is that this trailer also claims that its best secrets are still kept. Despite the glimpses we’re getting, the tagline “you think you know the story” is still hanging over everything. Is it possible that this ad campaign hasn’t shown us as much as we think, and there are yet more layers that are still to be peeled back? Maybe, and after these questions get answered it’s going to be a lot more apparent whether all of this Cabin in the Woods marketing was really effective, or epically stupid. Let’s hope it’s the former.

The Cabin in the Woods will premiere this week at SXSW, and will open on April 13.


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