There is a point early in “Cabin in the Woods” when the familiarity becomes overwhelming and almost unbearable. It happens early, as a group of college kids basically amounting to Scooby Doo and the gang pile into the Mystery Machine and set out for an ominous weekend in the woods. Each character seems to fit into a cookie cutter, and they even bump into a creepy, backwoods gas station attendant.
But if this has all been done before, why is there a control center of people watching the quintet? Why are they placing bets? For that matter, what are they even betting on? As questions like these flutter about in the mind, it starts to become clear that “Cabin” is far from typical.