'Trailer Talk' – 'The Cabin in the Woods' – Joss Whedon's Horror Yarn Yanked off the Shelf

Look what happens when you’re handed a monster franchise like “The Avengers” – even your mustiest film projects get a second lease on life.

Director Joss Whedon, the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” creator chosen to helm the upcoming superheroes flick, will finally get to see his 2009 horror film “The Cabin in the Woods” in theaters.

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He’ll just have to wait a few more months for the privilege.

“The Cabin in the Woods” stars a pre-“Thor” Chris Hemsworth in an ensemble shocker about a group of pretty young folk who get more than they bargained for while traipsing through the forest.

The trailer looks like a Cuisinart pastiche of horror staples with a few puckish moments to remind us Whedon is behind the camera. “Cabin” got caught up in the MGM bankruptcy mess, but clearly Hollywood wasn’t itching to get it in front of the masses.

Read into that what you will.

When you consider the horror dreck deemed suitable for mass release in recent years, from the awful “Nightmare on Elm Street” remake to director Wes Craven’s “My Soul to Take,” it’s odd that a studio would deem “Woods” unworthy of theater space.

We’ll find out April 13, 2012 if the film aged nicely while luxuriating on the shelf, or if it should have stayed there in the first place.

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