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Our Daily Trailer: DEATH TRAP

Film Crit Hulk shares the trailer for a movie that turns genre conventions on their heads.

"DEATHTRAP" IS ONE OF THE GREATEST PLAYS EVER.

... AND THE FAMOUS 1982 MOVIE IS JUST PRETTY OKAY. AT TIMES IT FLOURISHES AND LUMET SHOWS OFF HIS LEGENDARY CAPACITY FOR NUANCE AND SUBTEXT, BUT AT TIMES HIS PACING JUST FEELS... WRONG. BECAUSE "DEATHTRAP" PLAYS BEST IN HIS GIRL FRIDAY-MODE AND THAT'S JUST NOT WHAT COMES OUT IN THE FILM.

BUT MAAAAAAN THAT PLAY IS UTTERLY FANTASTIC. IF YOU EVER GET A CHANCE TO SEE IT IN PERSON, HULK HEARTILY RECOMMEND YOU DO SO, AS IT'S SUCH A GREAT THEATER EXPERIENCE. IT'S REALLY WHAT IT'S DESIGNED FOR.

AND HULK KNOWS THAT DEATHTRAP SEEMS AN ODD CHOICE FOR "CABIN IN THE WOOD" WEEK", BUT WHEN YOU GET A CHANCE TO SEE BOTH PROPERTIES, THE SIMILARITIES WILL SHINE THROUGH:

-BOTH TAKE PLACE IN A SECLUDED LOCATIONS, WHEREIN MURDEROUS INTENTIONS ARE AFOOT.

-BOTH ARE BLACK COMEDIES.

-BOTH TURN ON THE INTERNAL CONVENTIONS OF THEIR GENRE.

-BOTH ARE INSANELY SMART.

-BOTH ARE FEARLESS IN THEIR PRESENTATION.

BUT PERHAPS WHAT HULK LOVES THE MOST IS THAT BOTH PROPERTIES FEATURE AN ABSOLUTE WILL TO POINT INWARD, TO EXAMINE THE VERY MOTIVATIONS BEHIND THEIR RESPECTIVE GENRES, BOTH FOR THE STORYTELLER AND FOR THE AUDIENCE. IT A VERY RARE THING NOWADAYS, AND AN EVEN MORE DIFFICULT FEAT TO IT PULL OFF.

BUT PULL IT OFF BOTH DID.

DEATHTRAP TRANSCENDED THE MURDER MYSTERY AND FOR THIS IT RECEIVED NEARLY UNIVERSAL ACCLAIM.

CABIN IN THE WOODS SIMULTANEOUSLY ADORES AND TORCHES THE HORROR FILM AND SHOULD DESERVE ALL THE SAME KIND OF ATTENTION.

AND THANKFULLY, IT HELPS THAT BOTH PROPERTIES ARE A LOT OF DAMN FUN.

ENJOY CABIN FOLKS.

<3 HULK

P.S. - AS A BONUS YOU HAVE TO CHECK OUT THIS OTHER VERSION OF DEATH TRAP HULK FOUND ONLINE... IT PRETTY AMAZING