New on Blu-ray and DVD: ‘The Cabin in the Woods,’ ‘Katy Perry: Part of Me’

Out on Blu-ray and DVD this week is “Cabin in the Woods,” a genre-bending horror flick from “Buffy” regular Drew Goddard and producer Joss Whedon. For years and years, filmmakers have been trying to create a horror parody that works, and for the most part, they’ve come up empty. Here, Goddard and Whedon find the perfect balance.

“The Cabin in the Woods” takes the time-tested formula of college students on a getaway to a cabin in the woods, only to be terrorized by some form of supernatural entity. We’ve seen it a million times before, but never quite like this. Goddard throws a curve ball at the audience, giving the film a self-awareness with a clever twist that turns the movie, and in turn, the genre, on its head.

The writing is as sharp as Whedon’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” series, bringing a similar quick-witted sense of humor without losing its horror edge. “Cabin in the Woods” is one of my favorite horror films since the 2008 Canadian import “Pontypool,” and it’s one of the most enjoyable movies I’ve seen so far this year.

Grade: A

Also out this week is the music documentary “Katy Perry: Part of Me,” following the journeys of one of the world’s biggest pop stars as she embarks on a grueling worldwide tour rocked by personal turmoil along the way.

It should come as no surprise to anyone that I’m a die-hard Katy Perry fan, from “Ur So Gay” and “I Kissed a Girl” to “Wide Awake.” She’s one of my favorites. Some might even say I’m a “KatyCat.” In “Part of Me,” the (sometimes) raven-haired songstress demonstrates her dedication to the craft and her fans, showing off all of the things that make her one of the most dynamic and, quite frankly, inspiring entertainers working today.

This movie won’t win over naysayers. Then again, there’s probably nothing that would. Where some people live their lives under a gray cloud of negativity, the world that Katy projects is the opposite. It’s full of gum drops, kittens and sunshine – a perpetual state of happiness even through the most trying times in her life. And, as this film shows, she wants nothing more than to give that to her fans. On top of her incredible talent, there’s a lot to admire there.

Grade: B+

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