To superhero movie fans, it may be tough to imagine Chris Hemsworth as anyone other than the hammer-swinging thunder god of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The year after Chris Hemsworth premiered as the boisterous son of Odin in Thor, he landed the male lead of the meta horror comedy The Cabin in the Woods. The film quickly became a cult hit and according to both critics and auduences, if you’re a horror fan who hasn’t seen it, you’re missing out. Thankfully, this Spring the film will be getting a new home release.
Collider reports that a 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, Digital Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook edition of the film will be released Tuesday, April 19 for $27.99. The Blu-ray can be pre-ordered through Best Buy‘s website. Along with the Chris Hemsworth film itself, the Blu-ray’s special features include commentary by director Drew Goddard and co-writer Joss Whedon; a recording of a Wondercon Q&A; the theatrical trailer; and featurettes about the making of the film, the visual effects, and the make-up and animatronic effects. There’s also something called “The Secret Secret Stash.”
The Cabin in the Woods is the kind of flick that is practically impossible to talk about too much without giving away massive spoilers, but we’ll try our best. Chris Hemsworth, Jesse Williams (Grey’s Anatomy), Anna Hutchinson (Robert the Bruce), Fran Kranz (Training Day), and Kristen Connolly (Revolutionary Road) star as college friends who go to a cabin in the middle of nowhere so no one can interrupt a weekend of excess. But, of course, this is a horror film, so things get bloody pretty quickly. Just as the friends are assaulted by monsters, the film takes a weird, metafictional turn and… well that’s all we’ll say about the plot.
The film was a financial and critical success, making a nice profit from ticket sales and earning itself a 92% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes. It was also the directorial debut of Drew Goddard. He’s since gone on to direct 2018’s Bad Times at the El Royale, which likewise starred Chris Hemsworth — along with Jeff Bridges, Jon Hamm, Cynthia Erivo, and Dakota Johnson. He also directed 4 episodes of the acclaimed NBC comedy The Good Place. Goddard is also a prolific screenwriter, having written the screenplays for Cloverfield, The Martian, and World War Z. He created the Netflix Daredevil series, and was a writer and producer on Lost.
The one thing that might understandably stop some from checking out the Chris Hemsworth film is the involvement of the now disgraced Joss Whedon. Once known best as the architect behind shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly, Whedon’s legacy has been overshadowed by more recently surfaced allegations both from actors who worked with him on Buffy and Angel, and those who regret his involvement in 2017’s Justice League. Whedon recently responded to those allegations, and did very little to make things better for himself. His involvement in The Cabin in the Woods can’t be denied, however. Not only did he co-write the film, but he helped give Drew Goddard his start — Goddard’s entertainment career began as a writer on the final season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.