More spoiler-free musings on Joss Whedon's The Cabin in the Woods

If you’ve seen a preview of a mysterious yet quality film such as The Cabin in the Woods (written by Joss Whedon & Drew Goddard, produced by Joss Whedon, and directed by Drew Goddard), it’s difficult to avoid seeming like you’re jumping on the bandwagon of ‘definitely see the film but don’t find out too much about it’, since this is not only the common thread of critical consensus on the film, but also the most important sentiment to articulate.

But if you want to delve deeper without giving anything away, how do you talk about the film in a way that’s nuanced yet vague?

‘Nuanced yet vague’ seems like it should be abbreviated into one portmanteau word, like ‘nu-vague’. And since ‘vague’ is French for ‘wave’, this approximates to ‘New Wave’; which is fitting, since it is directed by Goddard. (Though in this case, it
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